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  • 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.

  • Future teachers bring fresh ideas to the classroom

    The sound of pencils furiously scribbling answers inside math workbooks filled the small Indian Land Elementary School classroom as Sherry Roof quietly strolled the aisles.

    Stopping every few desks, Roof crouched to answer questions about the task of the day – finding the perimeter of a slew of shapes, from rectangles to pentagons. 

    To her students, it’s just one of many assignments they’ll work on this year, but for Roof, 22, it means a lot more. 

  • Landowners get 1st detailed look at zoning plans

    More than 50 citizens attended the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) community review meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, hosted by the Lancaster County Planning Department to get residents’ feedback on the county’s proposed overhaul of guidelines for handling growth and development. 

    The UDO spells out standards for zoning districts, infrastructure and general development across the county, while also clearly defining natural resources protection. The UDO has not been completely revamped since it was adopted in 1999.

  • Fire students fare well in state competition

    The firefighting class at the Lancaster High School Career Center brought home two awards from team competition in the recent Southeastern Explorer Challenge in Columbia.

    The explorer challenge, held March 19 at the S.C. Fire Academy, coincided with the weekend-long 34th Annual Southeastern Fire School.

  • Rabies clinics across county next 5 weeks

    Clinics to vaccinate pets against rabies are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in April, as well as the first week in May at 10 locations across the county.

    S.C. state law requires pet owners to get annual rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets said Dr. Sandra Craig, of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.   

  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southern portion of county

    The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the southern portion of Lancaster County until 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 1.

    At 4:29 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph over Arcadia Lakes in Richland County and moving east/northeast toward Lancaster at an estimated 30 mph.

    Residents are urged to report damaging winds or flooding to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.

  • Severe thunderstorm warning issued for southern portion of county

    The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the southern portion of Lancaster County until 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 1.

    At 4:29 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph over Arcadia Lakes in Richland County and moving east/northeast toward Lancaster at an estimated 30 mph.

    Residents are urged to report damaging winds or flooding to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-4136.

  • Suspected car thief evades police search

    A grand larceny suspect created quite a stir in the city limits for about an hour Thursday morning when he ran from police and eventually got away.
    City police and Lancaster County deputy sheriffs sealed off the area between East Arch Street and Chesterfield Avenue from Buckelew Park on Chester Street to S.C. 9 Bypass just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday. They combed the area and also put a tracking dog in the woods near the S.C. National Guard Armory on Nichols Road, but came up empty.
    The search was called off just after 10:30 a.m.   

  • Freeman files for District 1

    David Freeman, a lifelong resident of Indian Land, filed earlier this week to run for county council District 1, joining three other Republicans in the race.
    Freeman, 49, owns and manages South End Plaza, a retail center with 10 businesses at 7580 Charlotte Highway.  He served on the Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals from 2008-12 and has served on the county Planning Commission for the past nine months.   
    Freeman opposes the current Indian Land incorporation proposal.