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  • Kershaw man gets 15-year term in federal drug case

    A Kershaw man with five previous felony drug convictions was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison Friday after pleading guilty to dealing cocaine.
    Mitchell Narada Kelly, 36, pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine, a statement from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles’ office said.
    U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia sentenced Kelly to serve 15 years and eight months in prison followed by six years of supervised release.

  • POSTPONED: Sheriff’s Office Special Olympics event

    UPDATE: Due to bad weather, this event has been postponed. We'll post a new date when we hear from the sheriff's office.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies will take over the Indian Land Chick-fil-A parking lot this Friday for a good cause: the S.C. Special Olympics.
    Now in its third year, the annual Cops on Top fundraiser is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with deputies raising money primarily through the sale of Special Olympics hats and T-shirts.

  • ‘Crazy aunts’ get muddy

    A special commentary

    Until last week, my three “crazy aunts” – Judy Dingler, Toni Flynn and Carolyn Summers – had never heard of a Bastrop, La.
    Now it’s a place they won’t ever forget. They spent some hard days there, as well as in West Monroe, La., washing laundry at American Red Cross shelters as part of an S.C. Baptist Convention Disaster Relief team effort for the victims of deadly flooding of the Ouachita River.

  • McCoy retracts strategic plan

    PLAGIARISM DEFINED
    pla•gia•rism [pley-juh-riz-uhm] Noun. An act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author.
    Synonyms: Appropriation, infringement, piracy, theft, counterfeiting, borrowing, cribbing, passing off.
    – Dictionary.com

  • Clemson launches effort to tell its full history, slavery included

    Cathy Sams
    Clemson University

  • IL group: VW incorporation wouldn’t derail our proposal

    A spokesman for a group pursuing incorporation for Indian Land says recent progress on a similar effort in Van Wyck will not change the group’s plan regarding the size of the proposed town limits.
    Voters for a Town of Indian Land has proposed an incorporation area that would include nearly the entire Lancaster County Panhandle.
    The proposal prompted an outcry from residents of rural Van Wyck, who almost unanimously oppose becoming part of an incorporated Indian Land.

  • Downtown fixture in flux

    Step into Craig Mathis’ store on Lancaster’s Main Street, and you’ll see a business shedding its old skin and becoming new again. 

    A shrinking clearance corner with stilettos and sequined gowns is being overtaken by a larger selection of tuxedos and a growing assortment of computers, cell phones and tablets awaiting repair.

  • McCoy plan plagiarizes N.C. report

    Nearly all of the “Strategic Operations Plan Proposal” on Lancaster County sheriff candidate William McCoy’s Facebook page was lifted directly from a document published by a North Carolina police department.

  • County rezones 45 acres near HGM

    The Lancaster County Council met Monday night and passed a Haile Gold Mine rezoning ordinance that changes 45 acres from rural residential/intense agriculture district to mining district. The three vacant parcels are on Gold Mind Highway, Snowy Owl Road and Haile Gold Mine Road.
    The land is surrounded by properties already zoned for mining and was needed for a bridge to be built over Highway 601. “Those huge dump trucks tear up the highway. This bridge will keep them off the highway,” County Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • 521 overpass to close this weekend

    The overpass at the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 5 will be closed to northbound traffic this weekend and next as S.C. Department of Transportation crews make bridge repairs.
    Lancaster County SCDOT District 4 Engineer John McKay said the bridge would be closed from 4 or 5 p.m. Friday until Sunday afternoon both weekends as crews work to patch the road deck on the nearly 40-year-old bridge.
    Traffic onto S.C. 5 will be detoured to the median crossover just past the bridge, a detour of less than two-tenths of a mile.