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  • S.C. launches 247 paving projects using gas tax

    One month after gasoline taxes increased 2 cents a gallon across the Palmetto State to pay for road improvements, the S.C. Department of Transportation has announced a new round of  projects, including one in Lancaster County. 

    The list includes 247 paving projects totaling 260 miles across 30 counties. One road in Lancaster County, Rowland Avenue in Heath Springs, will be resurfaced. It's about a mile long and connects South Main Street to Kershaw Camden Highway.

  • Norman: Protect electric ratepayers

    Rep. Ralph Norman says ratepayers of two S.C. utilities shouldn’t be forced to pay for a now-abandoned nuclear reactor project in Fairfield County that has cost $9 billion so far.

    “It’s not right to pass that cost on,” Norman said at this week’s Lancaster Rotary Club meeting.

    He said forcing utility customers to foot the bill would be like a grocery store buying bad food and then expecting its shoppers to pay for it.

  • Peay gets 40 years in killing

    Danielle Lamar Peay has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatally shooting the driver of a moving car on Memorial Park Road in 2015 while Peay sat in the back seat behind him. 

    The 29-year-old Lancaster man pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder and weapons charges in the killing of Delvelceo Kirk, 26, of Ginger Cake Road. Peay was also accused of shooting at another passenger who jumped out of the car and ran away.

  • More charges in gun battle on Facebook

    A third man has been charged in the videotaped July 19 shootout at a West Meeting Street mobile home park, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Foresio Jones, 24, of Lancaster turned himself in at the sheriff’s office Thursday night. He was served with warrants for attempted murder and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

  • Pageland’s top cops ‘conditionally’ reinstated

    Don Worthington
    Landmark News Service

    The Pageland Town Council has “conditionally” reinstated Police Chief Craig Greenlee and Capt. Dean Short following almost three hours of deliberation in a closed session Tuesday night.
    No date has been set for Greenlee and Short to resume their duties.
    They were suspended with pay after entering the home of Pfc. Brandon Roberts, who had failed to report for work on May 29.

  • Jacarion’s tearful mom out on bond

    The mother of a 2-year-old fatally shot Monday was released on $60,000 bond Thursday, while her boyfriend was denied bond and remains jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center.
    Toni Lashay Gladden, 26, and her boyfriend, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes, 18, both of 509 E. Dunlap St., were charged Tuesday with unlawful conduct towards a child after Jacarion Gladden, 2, was shot at the home.

  • Norman decries gridlock

    Newly installed Rep. Ralph Norman said Thursday it will take a miracle to end the Obamacare deadlock that has polarized Congress.
    “The stranglehold that big government has is just phenomenal,” said the Rock Hill Republican, noting that Vice President Mike Pence had to break a tie in a procedural vote just to get the scaled-down “skinny repeal” debated on the Senate floor.
    The bill then failed when three Republicans joined all the Democrats in opposing it.

  • ‘Nothing but proud’

    SUMTER – Lancaster’s Darlings all-stars, undefeated going into the last day of the Dixie Softball World Series, slammed into a Louisiana juggernaut twice Wednesday, losing both games decisively and ending their championship quest one step short of the title.
    The team from Jena, La., which Lancaster’s 7- and 8-year-olds had beaten in a dramatic comeback Monday, steamrolled to the victory with 11-3 and 16-5 wins. Eleven teams competed in the double-elimination tournament at Sumter’s Patriot Park Recreation Complex.

  • 3 of 4 suspects in Tran killing plead guilty to lesser charges

    Three of the four defendants facing trial for the drug robbery and murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land last year have pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
    The fourth, alleged to be the shooter in Tran’s killing, is to face trial for murder later this month.
    According to the Lancaster County Clerk of Court’s Office, Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, 22, of Indian Land pleaded guilty during Tuesday’s plea hearing to one count of armed robbery.

  • Sewage spill danger ends on Catawba

    The bacterial danger from a massive sewer spill into the Catawba River nearly three weeks ago has passed, S.C. environmental officials said Tuesday, but they urged ongoing caution among the river’s recreational users anytime there’s heavy rain.
    The state Department of Health and Environmental Control posted no-swimming notices at the Catawba Nation landing and Landsford Canal on July 15, the day after a 21-inch pipe ruptured and dumped untreated sewage into Kings Branch in Charlotte for 11 hours.