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  • Man shot to death at Miller Street home

    Police are investigating the shooting death of a Lancaster man late Sunday night, March 3, in what has become the county’s third murder of 2013.

    Kenneth Jeffery Blanding, 36, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. outside a home in the 400 block of Miller Street, Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome said late Monday, March 4.

    Broome said Blanding died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

  • Public outcry halts move of recycling center in IL

    INDIAN LAND – Public outcry by Indian Land residents along Shelley Mullis Road has resulted in Lancaster County officials backing away from plans to place a temporary recycling and household trash collection center next to a park. 

    The site at the center of the uproar was to have been located next to Roy Hardin Park at 8341 Shelley Mullis Road, across from the Shelley Woods subdivision. 

  • SLED takes charge of J. Marion Sims Foundation case

    The investigation into the possible $220,000 in missing funds from the J. Marion Sims Foundation took another turn Tuesday, March 5, as state authorities assumed control of the case.

    S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) spokesman Thom Berry confirmed that agency’s involvement Tuesday morning.

    “The answer is yes, SLED has been requested to investigate and we are going to investigate,” Berry said. “This is all still very preliminary.”

  • City may tweak auditing process

    Changes may be coming to the way the city of Lancaster audits businesses that pay license fees to the city.

    At its Feb. 26 meeting, City Council voted unanimously on first reading to amend an existing ordinance regarding inspections and audits.

    The vote was 6-0, as Councilwoman Jackie Harris was absent from the meeting.

    If adopted, businesses will have to provide copies of income tax returns upon the city’s request.

  • Thomas & Betts expansion to create new jobs

    Lancaster County’s Thomas & Betts will undergo a major expansion that’s expected to create more jobs at its plant at 3468 Old Camden Highway, just south of the Elgin community off U.S. 521. 

    The company, which makes steel power transmission structures, will add shifts in order to meet increased demands for its products, according to a media release issued Monday, March 4. 

  • 5-year-old girl dies from child abuse

    Hours after sheriff’s investigators said a 5-year-old girl died under suspicious circumstances, a Lancaster man was arrested in connection with her death.

    Phillip Bryan Gleason, 27, 1791 Craig Farm Road, was arrested Tuesday, March 5 and charged with homicide by child abuse, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile identified the victim as Soren Victoria Chilson.

  • Sheriff’s office: 5-year-old’s death ‘suspicious’

    Investigators with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office are classifying the death of a 5-year-old girl late Monday night, March 4, as suspicious.

    Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said early Tuesday. March 5, that the girl was first found by paramedics following a 911 call.

  • Man killed in shooting

    Police are investigating the shooting death of a Lancaster man late Sunday night, March 3, in what has become the county’s third murder of 2013.

    Kenneth Jeffery Blanding, 36, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. Outside a home in the 400 block of Miller Street, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome late Monday afternoon.

    Broome said Blanding’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

  • Thomas & Betts announces expansion

    Lancaster’s Thomas & Betts will undergo a major expansion that's expected to create more jobs at its plant at 3468 Old Camden Highway (off Kershaw Camden Highway, just south of the Elgin community).

    The company, which makes steel power transmission structures, will add shifts in order to meet increased demands for its products, according to a media release issued Monday, March 4.

  • Comporium had problem with e-mails

    Staff Reports
    A “SPAM tsunami” is how one Comporium Communications customer described the company’s e-mail problem this week.
    Glenn McFadden, Comporium’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the problem started Monday.