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  • With bond approved, educators eager to go

    The Lancaster County school board met Tuesday night for the first time since voters overwhelmingly passed the school bond referendum March 22, expressing relief and anticipation and talking about which projects will begin first.
    School Superintendent Gene Moore said he welcomes the challenges ahead and is grateful to have the community’s support.

  • A group of ‘merry warriors’

    Those retired hammer jockeys are at it again.
    This time, Sun City’s Friends of Habitat are remodeling a home in the Antioch area for a couple through Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build initiative.
    For the past two months, they’ve been helping rebuild the Beacon Road home of U.S. Navy veteran Deanna Mackey, and her husband, Richard Mackey.

  • IL murder suspect captured

    After a two-day manhunt, David Antonio Kucinski was captured at a Charlotte hotel Thursday evening, charged with killing an acquaintance and dumping his body in Indian Land.
    Kucinski was taken into custody without incident by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department after authorities received a tip about his whereabouts, said sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield. No other information about the arrest was available at press time.

  • Have you seen this sign?

    This antique American gas station sign was stolen Friday night from a pole outside an old corn mill on S.C. 9 near Buford Crossroads. Owner Mike Sistare, who says the corn mill has been in his family for 90 years, is offering $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. If you see the sign or know anything about the theft, contact the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-3388.

  • Text messages cited in Vickie Gleason arrest

    Authorities arrested April Gleason last month after discovering multiple text messages between her and the man charged in the 2013 beating death of her 5-year-old daughter, Soren Chilson.
    Prosecutors allege the messages show a pattern of prior physical abuse against Soren by Phillip Gleason, then the mother’s live-in boyfriend and now her husband, and establish that April Gleason tried to hide that abuse from authorities after the child’s death.

  • ‘Help me,’ girl whispers to deputy

    The 14-year-old girl and her parents shared a bedroom in the back of a Lancaster auto repair shop with several cats and dogs. 

    The deputy noted two beds, mounds of clothes and trash, bottles of what appeared to be urine and the stench of animal feces. 

    Outside the bedroom was a refrigerator and a table with some food, but no way to cook. The only water came from a plastic pipe running down from a hole in the bathroom ceiling and left hanging about waist high off the floor.

  • Future teachers bring fresh ideas to the classroom

    The sound of pencils furiously scribbling answers inside math workbooks filled the small Indian Land Elementary School classroom as Sherry Roof quietly strolled the aisles.

    Stopping every few desks, Roof crouched to answer questions about the task of the day – finding the perimeter of a slew of shapes, from rectangles to pentagons. 

    To her students, it’s just one of many assignments they’ll work on this year, but for Roof, 22, it means a lot more. 

  • Landowners get 1st detailed look at zoning plans

    More than 50 citizens attended the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) community review meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, hosted by the Lancaster County Planning Department to get residents’ feedback on the county’s proposed overhaul of guidelines for handling growth and development. 

    The UDO spells out standards for zoning districts, infrastructure and general development across the county, while also clearly defining natural resources protection. The UDO has not been completely revamped since it was adopted in 1999.

  • Fire students fare well in state competition

    The firefighting class at the Lancaster High School Career Center brought home two awards from team competition in the recent Southeastern Explorer Challenge in Columbia.

    The explorer challenge, held March 19 at the S.C. Fire Academy, coincided with the weekend-long 34th Annual Southeastern Fire School.

  • Rabies clinics across county next 5 weeks

    Clinics to vaccinate pets against rabies are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in April, as well as the first week in May at 10 locations across the county.

    S.C. state law requires pet owners to get annual rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets said Dr. Sandra Craig, of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.