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  • Deputies, troopers honored for high DUI arrest counts

    Two Lancaster County deputies and 12 state troopers assigned to the S.C. Highway Patrol post in Lancaster and Chesterfield counties have been honored for their push to get drunk drivers off the road.
    They were recognized last week during the S.C. Department of Public Safety’s 11th Annual DUI Recognition in Columbia.
    SCDPS Director Leroy Smith credited the officers for their 2015 efforts to decrease the number of driving under the influence incidents on state roadways.

  • DSS workers crammed into closets

    Overcrowding has turned storage closets into offices at the Lancaster County Department of Social Services, and some offices designed for one case worker now hold four.
    Behind the building, four large portable storage units hold what used to fill the storage closets, and still the DSS hallways are lined with stacks of office supplies and equipment.

  • 4th man charged in IL murder

    A Van Wyck man arrested in Indian Land is the fourth to face murder charges in the April 5 death of 20-year-old Randy Tran of Fort Mill.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators, deputies and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents arrested Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, 22, of 4668 Tam Lane, about 6:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, at a home on Mountain Ridge Court in Indian Land.

  • Fourth suspect charged in murder of Randy Tran

    A fourth man has been arrested in the murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran of Fort Mill, whose body was found April 5 off Little River Trail in Indian Land.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators, deputies and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents arrested Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, 22, 4668 Tam Lane, about 6:30 a.m. Monday at a home on Mountain Ridge Court, which is less than a mile from where Tran’s body was found.  

  • Sims Foundation awards $503,454 to 12 nonprofits

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has awarded community grants totaling $503,454 to 12 different organizations.

    “We are proud to support the nonprofit community in Lancaster, Great Falls and Fort Lawn,” says President Susan DeVenny. “These awards support health, education and wellness projects and services designed to build and sustain a high quality of life in the foundation giving area.”

    The foundation’s grant recipients are:

  • Argument over toothbrush ends in fight with officer

    A man faces multiple charges after allegedly trying to hit a city police officer Thursday afternoon.

    Christopher Andre Curry, 48, of 1595 Springdale Road, was arrested about 3:30 p.m. at a home on Willow Oak Circle. He was charged with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and threatening the life of a public official.

  • Inside a thrift-store box, WWII love story unfolds

    This is a story about a small mystery solved, about a sliver of Lancaster County's military history finding its way to the people who care about it most.

    Last August, Sue Smuda of Lancaster found an octagonal, wooden box with pink flower décor at a Lancaster thrift shop. After glancing inside, she purchased the box and placed it decoratively on her front porch.  

    Months later, her daughter, Abigale, discovered the letters inside.

  • Film crew shooting at Forty Acre Rock

    KERSHAW – An independent film crew from Winthrop University has been at Forty Acre Rock Nature Preserve since Friday filming scenes for its production of author Dustin Michael Hoffman’s short story “Touching in Texas.” 

    When the script called for a backdrop that’s rocky and arid with low brush and trees and no cacti, Forty Acre Rock provided the perfect setting, said director Chris O’Neill.

  • 2 more charged in IL murder

    Two more men were arrested Friday in the murder of Fort Mill student Randy Tran, whose body was dumped in Indian Land Tuesday evening.

    The arrests came a day after the primary suspect in the case, David Antonio Kucinski, was arrested at a Charlotte hotel.

    Chris Dawan Glass Jr., 22, of Fort Mill and Tony Eugene Maynard, 21, of Indian Land were arrested Friday morning at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said in a statement. 

  • LHS student charged with carrying BB gun

    A 15-year-old student is in hot water for having a BB/pellet pistol in his book bag at Lancaster High School on Wednesday.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, an S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice petition has been signed charging the teen with carrying a weapon on school property.
    “They (administrators) got a tip that he might have a weapon and acted on it,” said Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s director of safety and transportation.