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  • City Council OKs $63,500 for paving

    Work continues on the site that will serve as the new home for the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies program.
    In October 2011, the city of Lancaster bought the downtown Main Street building that used to be the Badcock furniture store and later The Artisans Center.
    Plans are for USCL to use the space to display its extensive Catawba Indian pottery and archive collections, to feature classrooms and to host lectures and other special events.

  • Officers search for IL burglars

    A string of thefts from several homes under construction in Indian Land during the last few months have authorities on the hunt for those responsible.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect, or suspects, who have entered homes under construction in the Barberville Road area at night and removed construction materials and copper wiring, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Sheriff’s Office investigates possible murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Authorities are investigating whether a man found dead in his car could be the county’s 11th murder of the year.
    The man was found at about 7:17 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, as sheriff’s deputies responded to a suspicious vehicle call on Lamplight Road in Lancaster, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    When they arrived, deputies found 42-year-old Lancaster resident Timothy Alan Wissinger dead in his vehicle, the release said.  

  • Sheriff’s Office searches for IL burglars

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A string of thefts from several homes under construction in Indian Land during the last few months have authorities on the hunt for those responsible.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect or suspects who have entered homes under construction in the Barberville Road area at night and removed construction materials and copper wiring, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Man with axe arrested for attempted robbery

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Authorities arrested a Lancaster man early Wednesday, July 25 after he walked into a restaurant wielding an axe.
    David Leroy Deese, 45, 2562 Cane Mill Road, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.  
    Deputies responded shortly after 5:30 a.m. to a report of an armed robbery at Rusty’s Grill, located at 2423 Pineview Drive.

  • Resolute laying off salaried employees

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Resolute Forest Products announced it is laying off 33 employees as a cost-cutting move at its Catawba mill.
    Spokeswoman Debbie Johnston said the company, formerly Abititi Bowater, began notifying the employees Thursday, July 19  and Friday, July 20.
    “Thirty-three salaried employees were notified that their positions would be eliminated,” Johnston said. “Some were affected immediately and others will be over the period of the next several months.”

  • Boy, 17, hit with vehicle

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man was jailed earlier this month after a teenager reported the man struck him with a pickup truck.
    Richard Allen Sims, 57, 1196 Old Thompson Ave., was arrested July 14 and charged with aggravated assault and battery and attempted third-degree assault and battery, said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant.
    The charges were filed after police responded about 10:30 p.m. to a hit and run in the 1200 block of S.C. 9 Bypass, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Local residents react to Colorado mass shooting

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Elizabeth Stilwell doesn’t know what she would have done if she had been in that Colorado movie theater last week when a gunman opened fire, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others.
    The Lancaster County resident said it’s hard to believe a person would take so many lives in such a violent fashion – an assault authorities say may have been in the plans for months.
    Stilwell calls the ordeal sickening.

  • Mailboxes bombed in Legacy Park

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – Residents in Indian Land’s Legacy Park are on the hunt for whoever is responsible for blowing up  their mailboxes.
    Carol La Conte of Wiregrass Drive said someone blew up her and her husband Joe’s mailbox  Saturday morning, July 21 – for the second time since July 14.

  • Fire department cooker has been stolen

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department is asking for the public’s help in recovering the cooker it uses for fundraising and other activities.
    Department officials described the missing custom-built cooker as black metal and about 6 feet long, 4 feet wide and 5 feet tall, with a beveled, casket-like flat top and two smokestacks in the middle. The cooker is mounted on a black 6-foot-by-12-foot trailer.