• Panel issues no decision on IL incorporation

    COLUMBIA – A legislative committee questioned Indian Land incorporation proponents for nearly two hours Friday, but ended the hearing with no decision, saying it would meet again at some unspecified date.
    About 17 people representing both sides of the incorporation issue attended Voters for a Town of Indian Land’s (VTIL) hearing before the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporation in Columbia. If the committee approves, voters get to decide the issue.

  • 17-year-old shooting victim dies

    Daquan Blackmon, a 17-year-old shot Friday night on East Arch Street in downtown Lancaster, has died at Carolinas Medical Center.
    Blackmon suffered a single gunshot wound in the incident, which happened within sight of the Municipal Justice Center, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday it hasn’t received paperwork confirming what day Blackmon died.

  • Spectacular!

    Protected eyes turned skyward Monday afternoon across South Carolina as the moon slowly covered the sun in the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years.
    In Lancaster, where the eclipse wasn’t quite total, the slow dimming stopped at about 2:36 p.m. It was like dusk, with an odd yellowish tint. A crescendo of crickets and frogs rose and then fell off quickly as the light returned.
    Columbia, in the path of totality, drew huge crowds of astro-tourists.

  • 30 years in prison for Tran’s murderer

    David Kucinski was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday in the last year’s killing of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land.
    Just before his murder trial was to begin in Lancaster County General Sessions Court, with jurors already seated, Kucinski entered an Alford plea to one count each of murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime.
    Treated the same as a conviction, the plea allowed Kucinski to assert his innocence while admitting the prosecution had enough evidence to convict him.

  • Former TLN Publisher David Ernest dies at 65

    David Ernest, who guided The Lancaster News as publisher for a decade, died Friday in Columbia after a two-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was 65.
    Ernest came to the paper as publisher in 1992 from Florida, where he was advertising manager at a sister newspaper, the daily Citrus County Chronicle.
    Susan Rowell, publisher of The Lancaster News, said it was a pleasure to work with Ernest during his 10 years at the paper.

  • BHS principal Miller moving to district job

    Buford High Principal Rodney Miller is moving to the district office to fill a new position – director of career and technology education.
    As CATE director, Miller will work to expand internships with local businesses, coordinate programs, and find teachers for career and tech courses.
    Miller, a Pageland native, said he has mixed feelings about leaving Buford High, where he has worked for four years, three of them as principal.

  • 2 motorcylcles collide in Elgin

    Two motorcycles collided Thursday evening in the Elgin community, killing one of the riders and seriously injuring the other.
    Fred “Butch” Newton Jr., 48, of Lancaster, died at the scene on Providence Road at Knotty Pines Drive. Justin Ellis, 32, of Lancaster, was transported by EMS to Carolinas Medical Center. He was in serious condition at press time.

  • 79-year-old dies after car hits her outside her home

    A Lancaster woman was fatally struck by a car while crossing Memorial Park Road to get to her mailbox Thursday afternoon.
    Johnnie Mullis Hinson, 79, was airlifted directly to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she later died from her injuries, according to Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese.
    Ke’von Drakeford, 17, of Heath Springs hit Hinson about 3 p.m. when she stepped in front of his 2000 Chevy Impala, according to Highway Patrol Cpl. Bill Rhyne.

  • Indian Land post office in the works

    Indian Land may finally be getting its own post office.
    The U.S. Postal Service last week notified Lancaster County officials that plans are under way for a “new retail and delivery services facility project” in the fast-growing community of more than 20,000 residents.
    County council Chairman Steve Harper received a letter from USPS real estate specialist Michael K. Bullard, saying a possible site has been selected and a public meeting about the plan will be held this month.

  • County honors its Dixie Darlings all-stars

    Local officials recognized and honored the players and coaches of the Lancaster Darlings all-stars at Monday’s meeting of Lancaster County Council.
    The girls finished as runners-up in the 2017 Dixie Softball World Series this month in Sumter. Eleven teams competed in the tournament.
    Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper saluted the all-star team for its “16-2 record, great play and great sportsmanship” and for being superb ambassadors for the community.