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  • Sunday alcohol sales on ballot

    In addition to voters’ right to choose their political representatives during an election, most states, including South Carolina, offer an even more direct form of democracy known as a ballot measure.

    Such measures, whether binding or non-binding, offer voters a chance to voice their opinions directly on a range of issues from constitutional amendments to questions about special local taxes.

  • Blackmon-Brace addresses parked car

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace addressed a photograph submitted to The Lancaster News this week showing her car parked in a handicapped space. 

    A resident, who asked to remain anonymous, brought the picture to the newspaper office about 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. 

    The photo shows a burgundy four-door Cadillac parked in a handicapped space at the County Administration Building on the White Street side. The car has a Blackmon-Brace campaign sign on its side. 

  • Beauty pageant causes controversy at Indian Land Elementary School

    Indian Land Elementary School became the focus of unwanted media attention after a flyer sent home with students last week announcing what appeared to be a school-sponsored beauty pageant setting off an outcry from some parents.

    Though the Oct. 20 pageant has since been canceled, organizers say they’ve decided to go ahead with it anyway, but under a new name.

  • Woman arrested for package theft; second charged with identity theft

    A Lancaster woman was arrested last month after an investigation into stolen UPS packages.

    Jodi Ann Bowker, 44, 2298 Cane Mill Road, was arrested Sept. 19 and charged with three counts of theft of a controlled substance, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

    Bowker was arrested by Lancaster County Drug Task Force agents after the conclusion of a joint investigation between the task force and UPS loss prevention employees.  

  • Burglary suspect arrested again in connection to another burglary

    Only two weeks after a Lancaster man was arrested on burglary charges, deputies arrested him again last week in connection with another burglary. 

    Joseph J. Hinson, 26, 1134 Laurel Ave., was arrested Monday, Oct. 1 on charges of burglary and drug possession, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

    After an investigation into the burglary of a Hoke Road home on Sept. 26, authorities developed Hinson as their suspect, the release said. 

  • Car runs off road, hits two vehicles

    The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating an accident that sent five people to the hospital Wednesday night, Oct. 3.

    A 2005 four-door Toyota was traveling south on Country Club Road at about 11 p.m. Wednesday when the driver ran off the right side of the road, said Lance Cpl. Billy Elder of the Highway Patrol.

    The car struck a group of trees and then hit two vehicles that were parked on private property – a 1995 GMC pickup truck and a 2003 Chevrolet SUV, Elder said.

  • ILHS spearheads concussion program

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Indian Land High School freshman Shaw Knight seemed fine when his mother, Jennifer Knight, an English teacher at the high school, picked him up after junior varsity spring football practice last semester. 
    The two shared the usual small talk about their days during the ride and when they got home Shaw did what he always did – hit the door and went straight upstairs to his room.

  • Fall into Fun: No sun, but lots of fun

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    For the second year in a row, the threat of an overcast sky and occasional drizzles didn’t stop the fun at the Indian Land Fall in to Fun Festival and S.C. Championship Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Sept. 29.
    Sponsored by the Indian Land Rotary Club to support its community efforts, this year’s seventh annual festival and third annual chili championship had a larger than average crowd, thanks to new events and its new venue at the City of Lights, organizers said.

  • Robinson Road shooter still at large
  • Pageland Central teacher/coach faces sex charges

    Gary Phillips
    Landmark News Services
    A physical education teacher and coach at Central High School in Pageland with Lancaster County ties was arrested Thursday, Sept. 27, on charges he sexually abused two middle school students in Oconee County more than 10 years ago, according to officials.