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  • Brumfield receives Order of the Palmetto

    Staff reports
    Founders Federal Credit Union President and CEO Bruce Brumfield has received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor.
    Sen. Greg Gregory (R-16) presented Brumfield the award on Tuesday, April 9, on behalf of Gov. Nikki Haley.
    Gregory read Haley’s letter that commended Brumfield on his unwavering commitment to service and dedication to empowering and improving the lives of citizens in South Carolina.

  • Table salt on envelope causes Comporium hazmat scare

    A pocketful of table salt had emergency responders in a tizzy outside the Comporium office near the intersection of Airport Road and Great Falls Highway (S.C. 200) on Wednesday morning, April 10. 

    After a search of the building and interviews with employees, the scene was secured and responders learned there was no emergency, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.

    “They cleaned up and cleared out,” Shaw said. “It wasn’t anything serious. It was table salt.”

  • Gleason now out on bond

    Phillip Bryan Gleason is no longer in jail.

    Gleason, who’s charged in the March 5 death of his girlfriend’s daughter, was released on bond April 1 from the Lancaster County Detention Center, according to a court-approved bond form.

    Brian Baker of 007 Bonding Co. posted the required $150,000 surety bond. The insurance company is Palmetto Surety of Charleston.

  • County’s B-3 talks get back on track

    Imagine a landscape of abandoned gas stations dotting the sides of U.S. 521, complete with shuttered windows and layers of spray-paint graffiti.

    That’s what Indian Land resident Pat Eudy is worried could eventually happen to the Panhandle if the county doesn’t revise its process for B-3 commercial zoning.

    Eudy was one of several residents to speak out at Lancaster County Council’s meeting Monday, April 8.

  • Pressley’s Recycling Center offers $50,000 reward for fire info

    INDIAN LAND – Pressley’s Recycling Center owner Ron Olsen is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, responsible for burning a piece of heavy equipment at his company in December.

    Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments responded to the business at 9531 Charlotte Highway just before midnight Dec. 9, 2012, in regards to what was originally believed to have been a brush fire.

  • City Council, staff treated to ethics session

    Can an elected official accept gifts? Under what circumstances must a council person not vote? Do they have to report all income?

    Such pervasive questions were brought to the forefront April 2 during an ethics training session at Lancaster City Hall.

    Cathy Hazelwood, general counsel for the S.C. State Ethics Commission, led the session, which was geared toward City Council members and city department heads.

    Hazelwood talked early on about potential family conflicts for council members.

  • House shot in possible drive-by

    A Lancaster woman and her boyfriend were shaken, but uninjured, after a possible drive-by shooting near their home March 18. 

    Officers were dispatched at about 10:30 p.m. to a home in the 100 block of Preston Lane after a 911 call about a drive-by shooting, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    A 911 dispatcher advised officers that no one was injured during the shooting and that no one saw the vehicle leave. 

  • Men try apparent scam at Publix supermarket

    Deputies are looking for two men who unsuccessfully tried to buy a slew of gift cards at an Indian Land supermarket late last month in a possible scam.

    Employees at Publix, 8360 Charlotte Highway, called 911 about 5:30 p.m. March 22, to report that two men tried to buy goods under false pretenses, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Blackwelder: Plane crash never happened

    An urgent 911 call about a possible airplane in trouble Tuesday, April 9, turned out to be a standard training routine, according to local fire officials.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said reports of a plane in distress or a downed airplane in the northern end of the county were simply a misunderstanding. The calls were received Tuesday afternoon and emergency crews spent several hours searching for a possible crash site.

  • Changes coming

     Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster Police Department will undergo some structural changes.
    Police Chief Harlean Howard spoke about her restructuring request during the Tuesday, March 26, City Council meeting.
    She spoke of the personnel changes the department has experienced over the past six months.
    “Three senior officers retired due to changes in the retirement system,” Howard said.