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  • 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.
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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.

  • 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.