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  • Art with class

    From Release

    Lancaster-based sculptor Bob Doster recently installed a student-made metal sculpture at Duncan Elementary School in Spartanburg. The circular design utilized student self-portraits standing beside each other. 

    Doster was the artist in residence at the school as part of Chapman Cultural Center’s Arts Advantage program.

  • New charges for suspect in IL murder

    A suspect arrested for the April 5 murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran in Indian Land has been served with additional warrants for firearm and drug violations.
    Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, 22, formerly of Van Wyck, was charged April 15 with possession of a stolen pistol, possession/distribution of prescription drugs and possession of other Schedule I to Schedule V drugs.
    Hayden was the last of four suspects arrested in the shooting death of Tran and was previously charged with murder and failure to report a crime.

  • Scammer fleeces IL woman for $98K

    A swindler working social media conned a 70-year-old Indian Land woman out of nearly $100,000 with talk of an overseas business opportunity, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    The April 12 incident report said the Sun City Carolinas resident told the investigating deputy she met a 56-year-old man named “George Millard” on Facebook at the beginning of February.

  • McCoy issues new strategic plan

    Sheriff’s candidate Billy McCoy has released a slimmed-down strategic plan for the county, but is not answering questions about the new plan or the old one, which he retracted Tuesday after The Lancaster News revealed that it almost entirely duplicated an N.C. police department document.
    McCoy said Tuesday evening in a statement labeled “Retraction” that he had reworked his plan because “of the backlash and obvious desire by you, the citizens and constituents to have something different.”

  • Boger: I’m not involved with McCoy’s campaign

    An angry Mike Boger says he has been unfairly dragged into the controversy over Billy McCoy’s initial strategic plan, and he wants nothing more to do with the mess.
    “I’ve never spoken to Mr. McCoy,” said Boger, former police chief of Oakboro, N.C. “I wouldn’t know him if he ran out in front of me…. I don’t even know who your sheriff is, and I don’t like being dragged into this.”

  • Kershaw man gets 15-year term in federal drug case

    A Kershaw man with five previous felony drug convictions was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison Friday after pleading guilty to dealing cocaine.
    Mitchell Narada Kelly, 36, pleaded guilty in federal court in Columbia to possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine, a statement from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles’ office said.
    U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia sentenced Kelly to serve 15 years and eight months in prison followed by six years of supervised release.

  • POSTPONED: Sheriff’s Office Special Olympics event

    UPDATE: Due to bad weather, this event has been postponed. We'll post a new date when we hear from the sheriff's office.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies will take over the Indian Land Chick-fil-A parking lot this Friday for a good cause: the S.C. Special Olympics.
    Now in its third year, the annual Cops on Top fundraiser is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with deputies raising money primarily through the sale of Special Olympics hats and T-shirts.

  • ‘Crazy aunts’ get muddy

    A special commentary

    Until last week, my three “crazy aunts” – Judy Dingler, Toni Flynn and Carolyn Summers – had never heard of a Bastrop, La.
    Now it’s a place they won’t ever forget. They spent some hard days there, as well as in West Monroe, La., washing laundry at American Red Cross shelters as part of an S.C. Baptist Convention Disaster Relief team effort for the victims of deadly flooding of the Ouachita River.

  • McCoy retracts strategic plan

    PLAGIARISM DEFINED
    pla•gia•rism [pley-juh-riz-uhm] Noun. An act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author.
    Synonyms: Appropriation, infringement, piracy, theft, counterfeiting, borrowing, cribbing, passing off.
    – Dictionary.com

  • Clemson launches effort to tell its full history, slavery included

    Cathy Sams
    Clemson University