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  • 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.

  • USCL honors Boston bombing victims

    University of South Carolina Lancaster students and faculty honored victims of last week’s Boston Marathon bombing with a memorial ceremony culminating in personal commitments from participants to do their part to stop violence.

    The ceremony, Monday, April 22, came a week after homemade bombs placed near the marathon’s finish line injured 282 and killed three, Martin Richard, 8, Lu Lingzi, 23 and Krystle Campbell, 29.

    MIT police officer Sean Collier, 26, also died, shot to death by the bombing suspects April 16.

  • Principal David McDonald leaving ILMS at end of year r

    Indian Land Middle School Principal David McDonald announced this week he is stepping down at the end of the school year to take a job at a school in Travelers Rest.

    McDonald, ILMS’ first principal, led the school to state and national acclaim for its performance and was himself recognized in 2012 as the South Carolina Middle School Principal of the Year.

  • Walnut Creek complex opens

    After years in the making, Lancaster County is the proud owner of a new 60-acre, $7 million park complex in Indian Land: Walnut Creek Park.

    Residents of Walnut Creek, the once-troubled neighborhood formerly known as Edenmoor, joined the subdivision’s developers and county officials Wednesday, April 24, for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the park’s turnover to county control.

  • LAPS to assist with GEDs, criminal records

    A local crime-awareness group wants to spread the word about two initiatives aimed to help residents find work.

    LAPS (Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy) is accepting information from county residents who want to clean their criminal record and who don’t have a high school diploma.

  • Deer soars through pickup on north main

    A Monroe, N.C., man found himself face to face with a deer moments after the animal crashed through the driver’s side window of his pickup Tuesday, April 23, on North Main Street. 

    The crash, which also sent shattered glass flying into the face of another driver, happened at about 3:50 p.m. near the Lancaster Square shopping center. 

    Donald Belk Jr., 62, was headed north on U.S. 521 when the deer hit the side of his white Ford pickup, according to a Lancaster Police Department traffic collision report. 

  • Council approves five new positions at sheriff’s office

    With a push for 24-hour public service at the county’s new sheriff’s office, Lancaster County Council approved five new positions for the facility during its April 22 meeting. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented a request from Sheriff Barry Faile to hire four new records clerical positions to assist with 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service at the new sheriff’s office, as well as a new custodial position. 

  • KVLT lecture highlights threatened Catawba village sites

    University of North Carolina archeologist Dr. Stephen Davis pointed to a screen showing a satellite image of a housing development under construction in the Nation Ford area of Fort Mill.

    At the center, superimposed on a grid of curving gray roads and the empty dirt lots of a budding golf community, is a red circle marking the location of a nearly 300-year-old Catawba Indian settlement.

  • Rigsbee to serve 5 years for fatal wreck

    The Indian Land man charged in a fatal wreck last year on Harrisburg Road will spend five years in prison.  

    William Justin Rigsbee, 28, received the five-year sentence during a General Sessions court hearing April 15 at the Lancaster County Courthouse. Circuit Court Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr. presided. 

    On Jan. 8, 2012, Rigsbee was driving a Chevrolet truck east on Harrisburg Road when he lost control and ran off the right side of the road, according to a media release from the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. 

  • HOPE in Lancaster celebrates 30 years of providing hope

    The Rev. James “Jim” White stared at the list of typed names he was holding in his hands inside the historic Lancaster County Courthouse on Sunday, April 21.

    The 30th anniversary program for HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster was six pages long. One of those pages was filled with names such as HOPE organizers James Bradley, T. Thomas, Brown Wylie and Lester Robinson.