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  • Injured deputy returns home

    A sheriff’s deputy shot last week during a botched robbery is home, just in time for Thanksgiving. 

    It hasn’t even been a week since Investigator Brandon Rollins was shot once in the stomach, but Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the deputy was released from the hospital earlier this week.   

    Rollins, an 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was shot as he and several other off-duty deputies confronted an armed robber at the Shrimp Boat restaurant shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday. 

  • ‘Never saw Layton in a bad mood'

    The Lancaster County School District has been hit with the loss of yet another student, this time a 7-year-old student at Erwin Elementary School in Lancaster.

    The latest loss brings the sad total to five students and two coaches county-wide who have died since school started in August.

    Layton Gladden, a second-grade special-needs student, died Sunday at his home of complications from a lifelong condition. He was the son of Kevin and Chandra Gladden of Lancaster.

  • Early Thanksgiving

    INDIAN LAND – Richard Williamson of Indian Land held out an old copy of the Charlotte News, tapped it and said, “Here, that’ll tell you everything you need to know.”

    The newspaper, dated Feb. 8, 1965, is yellow and ragged at the edges, with ink smudged in places along the crinkled folds, despite years of careful storage. 

  • Oliver takes command of Highway Patrol

    A Lancaster native assumed command of the S.C. Highway Patrol on an interim basis this week.

    Lt. Col. Michael Oliver was named SCHP’s interim commander Monday by S.C. Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith. The decision comes after previous commander Col. Kenny Lancaster announced he plans to retire Dec. 27. 

  • Local stores kick off Black Friday early

    Are you a Black Friday shopper who thrives on the idea of being among the first to seize deals the minute the doors open?

    Well get your most comfortable shopping shoes set aside and get ready to go.

    In a trend designed to lure recession-shocked shoppers looking to stretch their holiday pennies, Black Friday is starting earlier than ever this year.

    For Walmart, that means Black Friday is now Black Thursday with a 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day sale kickoff. The store normally kicks off its Black Friday sales at 5 a.m. Friday.

  • Woman arrested for mailing contraband to jail

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Kershaw woman will spend time behind bars after trying to pass drugs and other items to someone jailed at a state correctional facility.
    Shareca Latoya Jones, 28, 624 E. Church St., was arrested Nov. 8 by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and charged with multiple drug charges after a failed attempt to deliver contraband to an inmate jailed with the S.C. Department of Corrections in Ridgeville, according to a sheriff's office press release.  

  • Teen arrested in shooting of deputy

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    A 19-year-old Lancaster man was arrested Friday morning, only hours after he was involved in the shooting of a sheriff’s deputy at a local restaurant.

    Rodrick Darnell Caskey, 1781 Baker St., may face charges of attempted murder and armed robbery in the case. 

  • Council OKs industrial park plans still on

    Lancaster County is moving along with plans for two industrial-park agreements with bordering counties. 

    County Council unanimously passed second reading Monday of an ordinance to enter into an agreement with Chester County. 

    As part of the plan, the two counties will share revenue generated through business parks in the respective counties. 

    Nienty-nine percent of taxes collected from AkzoNobel Coatings Inc. in Lancaster will go to Lancaster County, and 1 percent will go to Chester. 

  • Argument in club leads to drive-by shooting

     Police continue to probe a Nov. 11 early-morning drive-by shooting incident that reportedly stemmed from an nightclub argument over a woman. 

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers responded to the vicinity of Porter Belk Lumber Co. at Old Camden Road and South Market Street about 3 a.m. after getting a call of gunfire in the area. 

  • Magazine wins national awards

    Beverly Lane Lorenz

    for The Lancaster News

    A local magazine put together by a dedicated team of volunteers has won three national media awards.

    National Mature Media, based in Illinois, awarded Living @ Sun City Carolina Lakes magazine a Merit Award for its September 2010 issue. 

    Contributing writers Yuri Kita and Carol Ritter each won Merit Awards for their stories dealing with World War II in the magazine, too. 

    A labor of love