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  • The sights (and smells) of local government

    You know the ugly face you make when something smells really bad? The moment you’re forced to hold your nose because the scent is so unbearable? 

    Imagine a group of 20 working professionals doing just that as they learn about local government.

    But what about government could produce an unpleasant scent? Take a trip to the city of Lancaster’s wastewater treatment plant and you’ll understand.

  • Flags half-staff for bombing victims

    President Barack Obama has directed that flags be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for the victims in the Boston Marathon bombing, effective immediately and ending at sunset on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

  • Spree of car break-ins in Indian Land

    A flurry of 911 calls kept deputies busy investigating a rash of car break-ins in the Panhandle early Tuesday, April 10.

    A 911 dispatcher received the first call at 6:26 a.m., one of 13 separate pleas from residents who woke up to find their cars rifled through and belongings stolen.

    Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said deputies were constantly being dispatched to the northern end of the county as car owners discovered something was amiss inside their vehicles.

    “It was one right after another for awhile there,” Shaw said.

  • Spree of car break-ins in Indian Land

    A flurry of 911 calls kept deputies busy investigating a rash of car break-ins in the Panhandle early Tuesday, April 10.

    A 911 dispatcher received the first call at 6:26 a.m., one of 13 separate pleas from residents who woke up to find their cars rifled through and belongings stolen.

    Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said deputies were constantly being dispatched to the northern end of the county as car owners discovered something was amiss inside their vehicles.

    “It was one right after another for awhile there,” Shaw said.

  • Sheheen to run for governor

    In 2010, Vincent Sheheen lost the South Carolina governor’s race to Nikki Haley by the slimmest of margins – 51.4 percent to 47 percent.

    The Democrat senator from Camden, who represents a portion of Lancaster County in the S.C. General Assembly, announced Wednesday, April 10, that he is once again running for governor of the Palmetto State.

    Sheheen, who has represented the state’s 27th District since 2004, is the first candidate from any party to officially announce a bid for governor.   

  • Red Ventures breaks ground on new building

    INDIAN LAND – Red Ventures co-founders Ric Elias and Dan Feldstein said attracting, appreciating and taking care of the company’s talent is the secret to its success, and they’re doing exactly that with the company’s new employee amenities building.

    Elias’ comments came during a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, April 11, for the new four-story, 180,000-square-foot building, the third structure on Red Ventures’ 33-acre headquarters complex in Indian Land’s 521 Corporate Center Park.

  • Postal Service backtracks on plan to end Saturday delivery

    After announcing two months ago that it would end Saturday deliveries as a cost-cutting measure, the U.S. Postal Service is now backtracking on that decision.

    The postal service board of governors announced Wednesday, April 10, it would keep delivering mail six days a week after congressional action blocked that plan.

  • Brumfield receives Order of the Palmetto

    Staff reports
    Founders Federal Credit Union President and CEO Bruce Brumfield has received the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor.
    Sen. Greg Gregory (R-16) presented Brumfield the award on Tuesday, April 9, on behalf of Gov. Nikki Haley.
    Gregory read Haley’s letter that commended Brumfield on his unwavering commitment to service and dedication to empowering and improving the lives of citizens in South Carolina.

  • Table salt on envelope causes Comporium hazmat scare

    A pocketful of table salt had emergency responders in a tizzy outside the Comporium office near the intersection of Airport Road and Great Falls Highway (S.C. 200) on Wednesday morning, April 10. 

    After a search of the building and interviews with employees, the scene was secured and responders learned there was no emergency, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.

    “They cleaned up and cleared out,” Shaw said. “It wasn’t anything serious. It was table salt.”

  • Gleason now out on bond

    Phillip Bryan Gleason is no longer in jail.

    Gleason, who’s charged in the March 5 death of his girlfriend’s daughter, was released on bond April 1 from the Lancaster County Detention Center, according to a court-approved bond form.

    Brian Baker of 007 Bonding Co. posted the required $150,000 surety bond. The insurance company is Palmetto Surety of Charleston.