• DUI suspect had just dropped off 5-year-old child at school

    A Lancaster County man faces multiple charges after allegedly passing out behind the wheel near North Elementary School while dropping off a 5-year-old for class.
    The Lancaster Police Department arrested 36-year-old Jamy Kenneth Stacks of 2622 Deertrack Circle on a barrage of charges including driving under the influence, driving under suspension, failure to surrender a driver’s license, and improper tag and no insurance. He was also charged with unlawful conduct on a child.

  • IL landfill owner admits violations

    The owner of an Indian Land landfill and recycling center sanctioned by state environmental officials in 2012 has pleaded guilty to willfully violating the S.C. Solid Waste Policy and Management Act.
    Ron Olsen, owner of Pressley’s Recycling Center at 9531 Charlotte Highway, entered the plea in Lancaster County General Sessions Court Monday and received a 90-day sentence, suspended upon time served, and one year probation.

  • 280,000 flee S.C. coast ahead of Matthew

    More than a quarter million people had evacuated the S.C. coast by late Thursday, and Lancaster County began providing shelter for some of those fleeing the path of Hurricane Matthew.
    President Obama declared a state of emergency in Florida Thursday afternoon ahead of the storm, which regained its category 4 strength during the day. The death toll has topped 100 across the Caribbean.
    Gov. Nikki Haley ordered more than 20 counties to evacuate in phases throughout the week, including Horry, Georgetown, Charleston and Beaufort along the coastline.

  • Rhodora Wind Quintet: The French Connection

    When the Rhodora Wind Quintet performs this Sunday, concert-goers will learn the answers to some interesting questions.
    For instance, where does the group’s name come from? (Hint: Ralph Waldo Emerson provided the inspiration). And what is the French connection to each musical selection that gives the program its title?
    The concert is unusual for two reasons. It will be the first woodwind quintet performance in the Vivian Major Robinson concert series at the Cultural Arts Center. And composers like Lee Hoiby are generally not household names.

  • Freeman faces DUI, weapon charges

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  • Lancaster man arrested for child pornography

    A Lancaster man has been arrested on child-pornography charges, according to the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.
    David John Washburn, 54, formerly of 1400 Phil Thurman Road, was arrested Sept. 16 on five counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, felony offenses each punishable by up to 10 years in prison, the attorney general’s office said Monday.
    Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force investigators said Washburn was found to have photographs of child pornography.

  • IL grad gets ring back 37 years after losing it

    An Indian Land High School ring lost on a graduation trip to Myrtle Beach in 1979 has been returned to its owner, who now lives in New Mexico.
    “It was such a great feeling to know after 37 years that someone took the time and effort to return my ring,” said Raymond Langford, who received his ring in the mail last week.
    “The ring is in excellent condition,” he said. “I was quite surprised, although now a size too small for my ring finger.”

  • Jones led hospital through 3 decades of growth

    Dace W. Jones, who led Springs Memorial Hospital for three decades before retiring in 1995, died Monday at his home in Mount Pleasant. He was 83.
    Among his accomplishments was construction of the main hospital building in 1970. Current Springs CEO Janice Dabney said the hospital was considered  “ultra modern” at the time, with automated carts to carry supplies around the building, which many people had never seen before,
    Jones was a “progressive, out-of-the-box thinker,”  Dabney said.

  • Chemistry professor’s name is ‘synonymous with USCL’

    Wade Chittam, the fun-loving University of South Carolina Lancaster chemistry professor whose smile illuminated classrooms for more that four decades, died Sunday. He was 72.
    The Limestone, Ala., native taught general and organic chemistry at USCL from 1968 to 2009. The student body twice named him the university’s top professor, and he retired with the title of professor emeritus.
    Chittam is survived by his wife, Angie, and their two children and two grandchildren.

  • Van Wyck frets over details of town plan

    Six months ago, Van Wyck residents were urgently pursuing incorporation plans, trying to become a town before Indian Land’s proposal to incorporate almost the entire Panhandle could swallow the rural community.
    The Van Wyck petition effort succeeded, and the proposal is awaiting legislative approval before going back to Van Wyck for a public vote.