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  • Daly will speak to grads

    There’s going to be a whole lot of celebrating going on at the University of South Carolina Lancaster next weekend during Commencement 2013.
    This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the James A. Bradley Arts and Sciences Building’s Bundy Auditorium.
    School officials said 96 students will walk the stage during this year’s graduation ceremony including students who earned degrees during the summer 2012, fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.

  • Tough Medic: Demby awarded Paramedic of the Year in S.C.

    Whether he’s responding to a heart attack, or running an obstacle course covered in mud, David Demby is calm under pressure.
    That calmness shines through as Demby, 37, discusses his typical routine, sometimes logging hours as an Army Reservist, other times saving lives as an Emergency Medical Services paramedic. He has also dedicated thousands of hours as a field training officer with Lancaster County’s EMS and admits there’s not a lot of downtime in his life.

  • Florence County man dies in wreck

    A 27-year-old Florence County man died early Saturday morning in a single- vehicle accident on Golf Course Road, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. 

    The man, whose name was not released, was driving north about 2 a.m. in his 2005 Jeep Cherokee when he veered off the left side of the road, overcorrected and drove off the right side of the road, where the vehicle flipped and hit a tree, according to the highway patrol.

  • Man wanted for pointing gun during argument

    An argument turned frightening for two Lancaster residents who reported that a man pointed a handgun at them late Saturday, April 20.

    Deputies responded at 9:41 p.m. to the 900 block of Suttle Road about someone pointing a firearm at two people outside a home, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    At the scene, deputies spoke with one of the victims, who said he was inside a shop building playing pool when he noticed a white SUV pull into the driveway.

  • USCL honors Boston bombing victims

    University of South Carolina Lancaster students and faculty honored victims of last week’s Boston Marathon bombing with a memorial ceremony culminating in personal commitments from participants to do their part to stop violence.

    The ceremony, Monday, April 22, came a week after homemade bombs placed near the marathon’s finish line injured 282 and killed three, Martin Richard, 8, Lu Lingzi, 23 and Krystle Campbell, 29.

    MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26, also died, shot to death by the bombing suspects April 16.

  • Principal David McDonald leaving ILMS at end of year r

    Indian Land Middle School Principal David McDonald announced this week he is stepping down at the end of the school year to take a job at a school in Travelers Rest.

    McDonald, ILMS’ first principal, led the school to state and national acclaim for its performance and was himself recognized in 2012 as the South Carolina Middle School Principal of the Year.

  • Walnut Creek complex opens

    After years in the making, Lancaster County is the proud owner of a new 60-acre, $7 million park complex in Indian Land: Walnut Creek Park.

    Residents of Walnut Creek, the once-troubled neighborhood formerly known as Edenmoor, joined the subdivision’s developers and county officials Wednesday, April 24, for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the park’s turnover to county control.

  • LAPS to assist with GEDs, criminal records

    A local crime-awareness group wants to spread the word about two initiatives aimed to help residents find work.

    LAPS (Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy) is accepting information from county residents who want to clean their criminal record and who don’t have a high school diploma.

  • Deer soars through pickup on north main

    A Monroe, N.C., man found himself face to face with a deer moments after the animal crashed through the driver’s side window of his pickup Tuesday, April 23, on North Main Street. 

    The crash, which also sent shattered glass flying into the face of another driver, happened at about 3:50 p.m. near the Lancaster Square shopping center. 

    Donald Belk Jr., 62, was headed north on U.S. 521 when the deer hit the side of his white Ford pickup, according to a Lancaster Police Department traffic collision report. 

  • Council approves five new positions at sheriff’s office

    With a push for 24-hour public service at the county’s new sheriff’s office, Lancaster County Council approved five new positions for the facility during its April 22 meeting. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented a request from Sheriff Barry Faile to hire four new records clerical positions to assist with 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service at the new sheriff’s office, as well as a new custodial position.