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  • Brickyard gets a new identity

    VAN WYCK – The once-booming Van Wyck brickyard got a new owner and new identity Tuesday, April 30,  when Hickory Hills bought the Boral Bricks plant site in the 48-acre deal. The price was not disclosed.
    Hickory Hills, a 17-year-old processing plant that sits across the railroad tracks from the old brickyard, is looking to expand its retail line of smoked beef and pork products, said owner Kyle Starnes, 44. The business, processing several thousand deer a season, is known by deer and big-game hunters across the Southeast.

  • Half-staff flags in honor of soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Flags across the state will fly at half-staff Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in honor of Pfc. Barrett L. Austin of Easley. Austin, 20, died from injuries he sustained when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan on April 17.

  • News Briefs 4.28.13

    City Council meets Tuesday
    Lancaster City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St. Agenda items include citizen comments and employee comments, along with a presentation and discussion of the 2013-14 recommended budget. For details, call (803) 286-8414.
    County Finance Committee to meet May 1

  • Red Ventures hiring event Thursday

    Indian Land direct marking firm Red Ventures expects to hire 50 new employees as a result of a jobs event scheduled for this week.
    “Inside Sales Interview Day,” Thursday, May 2, is part of an expansion effort announced April 11 to hire 400 new employees over the next three months.
    The event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the company’s headquarters complex in the 521 Corporate Center, 1101 Red Ventures Drive.
    During the day, event attendees will have the opportunity to attend information sessions about the company, in-

  • Car rams school bus Friday on Shelley Mullis Road

    INDIAN LAND – No students were injured in a school bus accident Friday, April 26, on Shelley Mullis Road.
    The accident occurred about 7:30 a.m. when the eastbound bus stopped to pick up Indian Land Middle and High School students in front of the Highland Creek neighborhood, Lancaster County School District Safety and Transportation Director Brian Vaughn said.

  • Police officers, deputies arrest fugitive here

    A man wanted for two-out-of-state fugitive charges was arrested in Lancaster County on Thursday, April 25.
    Brian Yarnell Huntley was arrested at Caroline Courts just before noon after county deputies and city police officers found him hiding in an apartment.
    Huntley, 33, was wanted in North Carolina for parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender. He is jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center awaiting an extradition hearing.

  • Man reports beating by four

    An Indian Land man reported Saturday, April 20, that he was beaten by four men on White Oak Lane near Van Wyck after a verbal altercation with one of their family members.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the victim was at Liberty Convenience Store on Rock Hill Highway on Saturday afternoon when he saw a woman, whom he claimed had wrongfully accused him of a crime.
    The report said the victim told the woman, “It was not right for you to say I stole your vehicle.”

  • ATV purchases were unauthorized

    GREAT FALLS – The March 26 purchase of two Polaris Ranger ATVs by the town of Great Falls has been a topic of conversation between members of the Great Falls Town Council and the public.
    Whether the $24,300 purchase was authorized was discussed during the April 15 Great Falls Town Council meeting.
    Councilman Robin Dixon was listed on the agenda to discuss purchasing procedures as they relate to town ordinances, council and committee.
     “Was it an authorized purchase?,” Dixon asked Town Attorney Brian Grier.

  • Starnes hired as administrator

    HEATH SPRINGS – Tony Starnes has returned to municipal government.
    Following a closed session at its April 16 meeting, Heath Springs Town Council voted 3-1 to hire Starnes as a part-time administrator.
    Councilman Eddie Moore voted against the measure and Councilman Ted Sowell was absent.
    For years, Mayor Ann Taylor has assumed the town’s administrative duties. Councilman Mark Bridges, who suggested the idea of a part-time administrator, said this move will take a lot of the burden off Taylor.

  • Busy week for guilty pleas

    The 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office had a busy week recently with several criminal suspects entering guilty pleas at the Lancaster County Courthouse.
    Among them are Aaron Jami Donaldson, 20, and Matreal Terone Truesdale, 27.
    Williams Financial
    incident
    Donaldson, who has a Rock Hill address, was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to armed robbery. He was arrested after a robbery incident Oct. 18, 2012, at Williams Financial Services in Kershaw.