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  • Judge denies self-defense motion

    The Lancaster man charged last year in the killing of a former professional baseball player had his motion for self defense dismissed this week.

    Derrick McIlwain, 38, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Brooks Goldsmith in General Sessions court on Thursday, March 21, to see if he could avoid prosecution on the grounds of the “Castle Doctrine.”

    That law justifies use of deadly force when a person feels his or her life is threatened.

    McIlwain is charged with murder for the Feb. 7, 2012, shooting death of Danny Clyburn Jr.

  • Judge grants bond to Gleason

    There will be no prom night. No college. Not even a first day of school.

    Wanda Chilson listed those events as signature moments her step-granddaughter will never experience. It’s hard for her to cope with the loss of a 5-year-old who was “full of sweetness and goodness.”

    That child – Soren Victoria Chilson – died March 5 as a result of what authorities say was head trauma.

  • Deputies seize sweepstakes machines

    Lancaster County deputies have seized sweepstakes machines across the county in the past two weeks, making good on a notice Sheriff Barry Faile gave businesses last month.

    In February, Faile gave fair warning to owners of the recently outlawed machines to remove the devices from their premises voluntarily during a two-week grace period, or “Take your chances.”

  • Kershaw elects Connell to council

    KERSHAW – The second time was the charm for Jody Connell.

    The Kershaw resident bested his two opponents to win the District 3 seat in the town’s election Tuesday, March 19. That district runs north to south, covering key roads such as Richland, Stevens and Church streets.

    Connell received 38 (just over 53 percent) of the 71 votes cast Tuesday.

    Charles Stroud got 24 votes (34 percent) and  William “Bill” Walters II got nine (13 percent).

  • School board approves intent to award IL elementary school contract

    Lancaster County school board members tentatively approved acceptance of a bid for construction of Indian Land’s new elementary school during its Tuesday, March 19, meeting.

    The new school, which will be built on Harrisburg Road in Indian Land, is intended to serve students in the county’s densely populated northern tip.

    District officials hope to break ground on the new campus in mid-April for an August 2014 opening.

  • ‘Time is muscle’

    A grant that will fund almost a half-million dollars in equipment for local medics could mean the difference between life and death for critical patients.

    The $490,000 grant, recently awarded to the county by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will cover the costs of several state-of-the-art cardiac monitors and laptop computers, all in an effort to speed up response times and treatment for county residents, said Lancaster County Emergency Medical Service Director Clay Catoe.

  • County’s jobless rate sees increase

    Lancaster County’s official unemployment rate saw a slight increase in January, according to the latest data released Monday, March 18, by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The county posted 11.9 percent unemployment in January, compared to 11.6 percent in December 2012.

    In January, the county’s official labor force was recorded at 32,486, with 3,877 of those people without a job.

    In comparison, the January 2012 jobless rate in Lancaster County was 12.9 percent.

  • Gleason requests bond hearing

    The man accused in the death of his girlfriend’s daughter on March 5 is trying to get out of jail.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said a bond hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, for Phillip Bryan Gleason, 1791 Craig Farm Road.

    Barfield said Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith will hear Gleason’s request.

    “That’s all I can tell you at this time,” Barfield said. 

  • Connell wins Kershaw town election

    KERSHAW – Jody Connell is Kershaw's newest Town Council member. 

    Connell came out on top in the three-way race for the District 3 seat in the town's election Tuesday, March 19. 

    Connell received 38 votes (just over 53 percent). Charles Stroud got 24 votes (34 percent) and  William “Bill” Walters II got nine (13 percent). 

    Connell succeeds Randy Seegars, who decided not to seek re-election due to health reasons.

  • Smoke signal of a lifetime

    A steady drizzle fell on the packed crowd in St. Peter’s Square, raindrops bouncing off a sea of umbrellas, as Jordyn Faile turned her gaze upwards in search of white smoke.
    The third-year University of South Carolina Lancaster student, only hours away from the end of a week-long class trip through Italy, had been waiting patiently March 13 outside the Vatican in Rome for any signs that the Catholic Church’s 266th pope had been chosen.