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  • Inside a thrift-store box, WWII love story unfolds

    This is a story about a small mystery solved, about a sliver of Lancaster County's military history finding its way to the people who care about it most.

    Last August, Sue Smuda of Lancaster found an octagonal, wooden box with pink flower décor at a Lancaster thrift shop. After glancing inside, she purchased the box and placed it decoratively on her front porch.  

    Months later, her daughter, Abigale, discovered the letters inside.

  • Film crew shooting at Forty Acre Rock

    KERSHAW – An independent film crew from Winthrop University has been at Forty Acre Rock Nature Preserve since Friday filming scenes for its production of author Dustin Michael Hoffman’s short story “Touching in Texas.” 

    When the script called for a backdrop that’s rocky and arid with low brush and trees and no cacti, Forty Acre Rock provided the perfect setting, said director Chris O’Neill.

  • 2 more charged in IL murder

    Two more men were arrested Friday in the murder of Fort Mill student Randy Tran, whose body was dumped in Indian Land Tuesday evening.

    The arrests came a day after the primary suspect in the case, David Antonio Kucinski, was arrested at a Charlotte hotel.

    Chris Dawan Glass Jr., 22, of Fort Mill and Tony Eugene Maynard, 21, of Indian Land were arrested Friday morning at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said in a statement. 

  • LHS student charged with carrying BB gun

    A 15-year-old student is in hot water for having a BB/pellet pistol in his book bag at Lancaster High School on Wednesday.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, an S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice petition has been signed charging the teen with carrying a weapon on school property.
    “They (administrators) got a tip that he might have a weapon and acted on it,” said Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s director of safety and transportation.

  • With bond approved, educators eager to go

    The Lancaster County school board met Tuesday night for the first time since voters overwhelmingly passed the school bond referendum March 22, expressing relief and anticipation and talking about which projects will begin first.
    School Superintendent Gene Moore said he welcomes the challenges ahead and is grateful to have the community’s support.

  • A group of ‘merry warriors’

    Those retired hammer jockeys are at it again.
    This time, Sun City’s Friends of Habitat are remodeling a home in the Antioch area for a couple through Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build initiative.
    For the past two months, they’ve been helping rebuild the Beacon Road home of U.S. Navy veteran Deanna Mackey, and her husband, Richard Mackey.

  • IL murder suspect captured

    After a two-day manhunt, David Antonio Kucinski was captured at a Charlotte hotel Thursday evening, charged with killing an acquaintance and dumping his body in Indian Land.
    Kucinski was taken into custody without incident by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department after authorities received a tip about his whereabouts, said sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield. No other information about the arrest was available at press time.

  • Have you seen this sign?

    This antique American gas station sign was stolen Friday night from a pole outside an old corn mill on S.C. 9 near Buford Crossroads. Owner Mike Sistare, who says the corn mill has been in his family for 90 years, is offering $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. If you see the sign or know anything about the theft, contact the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-3388.

  • Text messages cited in Vickie Gleason arrest

    Authorities arrested April Gleason last month after discovering multiple text messages between her and the man charged in the 2013 beating death of her 5-year-old daughter, Soren Chilson.
    Prosecutors allege the messages show a pattern of prior physical abuse against Soren by Phillip Gleason, then the mother’s live-in boyfriend and now her husband, and establish that April Gleason tried to hide that abuse from authorities after the child’s death.

  • ‘Help me,’ girl whispers to deputy

    The 14-year-old girl and her parents shared a bedroom in the back of a Lancaster auto repair shop with several cats and dogs. 

    The deputy noted two beds, mounds of clothes and trash, bottles of what appeared to be urine and the stench of animal feces. 

    Outside the bedroom was a refrigerator and a table with some food, but no way to cook. The only water came from a plastic pipe running down from a hole in the bathroom ceiling and left hanging about waist high off the floor.