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  • Feds say no $6M grant for reviving Clinton area

    The federal government has rejected Lancaster’s request for a $6 million Promise Neighborhood grant to help revive the Clinton Elementary School attendance zone.
    But the Lancaster County School District and its coalition partners, who raised $6 million locally and applied for the matching federal grant in September, already have started the reapplication process and are optimistic.

  • Naming our patriots

    After three years of research, the Friends of the Buford Massacre Battleground have documented the names of 215 soldiers who fought in Lancaster County's most significant American Revolution battle, under the command of Col. Abraham Buford.
    The group is preparing to have a bronze plaque made to place on the brick wall at the Rocky River Road battle site in the Buford community, which is named for the colonel. The plaque will be dedicated May 17, just before the 237th commemoration of Buford’s Massacre, also known as the Battle of the Waxhaws, on May 27.

  • Richburg man sentenced in big animal cruelty case

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    A Richburg man charged in September with mistreating 116 Dobermans at his home pleaded no contest this week to abusing 15 of the animals and was sentenced to 90 days’ probation.
    Jordan James Johnson, 48, was originally charged with 116 counts of ill treatment of animals, 81 counts of violating the rabies control law and one bench warrant.

  • Lt. Hall back on the job after bizarre eye injury

    Lt. Phillip Hall, out of work for three months with a bizarre injury that cost him his left eye, returned to work at the Lancaster Police Department on Monday.
    “Walking in the police department Monday morning felt like coming home from a long trip overseas,” said Hall, a 21-year law enforcement veteran. “I got a great welcome from all my co-workers and city residents.”
    Hall, 42, oversees police special operations which includes cases involving narcotics, gang activities and criminal investigations.

  • Chinese flag cut down twice

    The Chinese flag that flies alongside the U.S. flag outside Keer America’s Indian Land plant has been cut down twice in one week, following a number of complaining phone calls from a blocked number.
    In the first instance, according Leah Lee, a spokeswoman for the Chinese-owned company, the U.S. flag was in the center of three flagpoles, with the Chinese flag to the side.
    In the second instance, she said, the Chinese flag was in the center. The two flagpoles appear to be roughly the same height.

  • ‘Like something out of a movie’

    BRUNSWICK, GA. – Two Lancaster physicians and 15 vacationing staff members and spouses were involved in a horrific wrong-way crash with a stolen pickup on I-95 near the Forida-Georgia border late Wednesday.
    Only Dr. Julie Percival received injuries serious enough to require hospitalization, according to Jimmy Jackson, who was traveling with the Lancaster group. He was riding behind the car that was carrying Percival and her husband, Dr. Brandon Percival, who own Carolina Podiatry Group on S.C. 9 Bypass.

  • Haile mine pours inaugural gold

    From release

    KERSHAW – Haile Gold Mine had its inaugural gold pour Friday, officially making the historic Lancaster County mine a gold producer again. 

    David Thomas, general manager of OceanaGold Corp.’s Haile operation, called the event a huge milestone for the mine. 

  • Reports reveal details in child’s death

    Dylan Lemieux, the Indian Land 10-year-old who died of asphyxia Jan. 11, was found unconscious in his home with a shoestring around his neck, according to sheriff’s reports obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
    First responders tried to revive the Harrisburg Elementary fourth grader, but he was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville.

  • Senators grill Mulvaney on nanny taxes, budget spats

    Rep. Mick Mulvaney testified for three hours Tuesday at a Senate confirmation hearing, addressing his failure to pay taxes on a household employee and saying he would give President Trump his honest assessment of cutbacks needed to salvage Social Security and Medicare.

  • 700 more jobs at Movement Mortgage

    Movement Mortgage will create 700 more jobs at its Indian Land headquarters over the next five years, doubling the size of its operation on S.C. 160, Gov. Nikki Haley's office announced Tuesday.
    The $18 million investment includes the construction of an additional 91,000-square-foot building at Bailes Ridge Corporate Park. Hiring will begin in the first quarter of this year.
    The expansion follows the news six weeks ago that Texas-based Compucom Systems will move its headquarters to the same business park, creating 1,500 jobs with a $41 million investment.