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  • 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
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    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.

  • 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.