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  • New county deputy earns top class honor

    COLUMBIA – The Lancaster County Sheriffs Office is excited and honored to announce its newest deputy – Aaron Vrooman – earned the J.P. Strom Award for graduating at the top of his class at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
    Vrooman received the honor during a graduation ceremony held June 21.
    The J.P. Strom Award is presented to the academy graduate who obtains the highest academic average throughout the 12-week Basic Law Enforcement Certification program.  

  • Robber of Chester bank remains at large

    CHESTER – Authorities are still looking for the man who robbed a bank June 27.
    At approximately 3:10 p.m. that day, Spratt Savings and Loan on Saluda Street in Chester was reportedly robbed.
    Within minutes, law enforcement vehicles from the City of Chester Police Department and Chester County Sheriff's Office were at the scene and fanning out across the city in search of the suspect.
    At one point, 15 law enforcement vehicles were parked in front of the bank.

  • Lancaster soldier honored at site of South Dakota fire

    A Lancaster resident was among those honored in South Dakota on Monday, July 1, during a ceremony to dedicate a memorial site for six N.C. Air National Guardsmen whose C-130 airplane crashed while fighting the White Draw Fire.

    Four members of a six-man airborne firefighting crew from Charlotte’s N.C. Air National Guard 145th Airlift Wing died July 1, 2012, when strong winds from a thunderstorm caused their air tanker to crash on a ridge top northeast of Edgemont, S.D.

  • Council approves Lennar rezoning

    A brand-new residential development in Indian Land is back on track following a series of pledges from its developer and approval from Lancaster County Council. 

    Council members unanimously approved final reading of an ordinance to rezone property owned by developer Lennar Carolinas, LLC during council’s June 24 meeting. 

  • Latest Streetscape project is done

    The city of Lancaster’s most recent Streetscape project is now complete.

    This phase – the sixth in a series – brought new sidewalks, curbing, lighting and greenery to South Main Street, starting from Emmons Street and extending south past South Avenue. The end point is just north of the end of the Lancaster city limits.

    A $500,000 federal Community Development Block Grant allowed for the improvements to be made. Nearly $380,000 in local matching funds went toward the project.

  • Developer pulls TreeTops rezoning request

    Mattamy Homes has withdrawn its request to the county to rezone a 622-acre tract along Van Wyck Road for a residential development after opponents challenged its cluster subdivision overlay district proposal.

    Nearby property owners received notice of the zoning withdrawal late last week.

    “They want to make sure the text amendment will be approved and supported by the County Council,” said Penelope G. Karagounis, the county’s planning director. “For the time being, they would like to pull the rezoning application.”

  • Wanted man found hiding in closet

    A Lancaster man wanted on an attempted murder charge was found hiding inside a closet Tuesday, July 2. 

    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant announced Wednesday that a large group of authorities arrested Markevious Demond Samuel, 21, 1344 Locustwood Ave., on the charges of attempted murder and armed robbery. 

  • Sharing Old Glory with all

    INDIAN LAND – Joe Malinowski is doing his part to make Independence Day  as red, white and blue as possible.

    Known as “The Flag Man” back home in Austintown, Ohio, the 79-year-old retired Marine and Vietnam veteran believes everyone should have a flag on July 4.

    That’s why you’ll see him sitting at the end of his Pine Bluff Way driveway in the Legacy Park subdivision in Indian Land handing out free flags to any passing motorist who wants one. 

  • DEA busts IL smoke shop

    INDIAN LAND – Amidst the signs for hookahs and electronic cigarettes, a small, handwritten note was the only sign anything was amiss at a Panhandle smoke shop Friday, June 28.

    Taped to the front door of High Life Smoke Shop, located in the Palmetto Commons shopping center off Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521), the note read “Closed due to inventory check. Will open later. Sorry for inconvenience.”

    But according to Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile, there was a lot more going on at the store than a routine inventory check.

  • July 1 means changes in law

    While July 1 signals the start of a new fiscal year for state and local government, it also marks new laws and codes take effect.

    From tampering with power meters to updating codes on abandoned buildings, the state General Assembly  changed or modified 28 statutes during  the last legislative session.

    Here are a few that most residents need to be aware of:

    H 3180 

    Allows record expungement for a person with a first-offense crime that carries a fine of $1,000 instead of $500.