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  • IRS scam continues to target residents

    An IRS phone scam threatening targets with arrest for outstanding taxes is making the rounds in Lancaster County again.
    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports and phone calls to The Lancaster News, at least six area residents have received phone calls in recent weeks from people pretending to be IRS agents.
    Though the narrative sometimes varies, the IRS scams revolve around con artists who tell their targets they owe the IRS money and will be arrested by local law enforcement agencies if they don’t pay.

  • Long won’t seek 5th S.C. House term

    Deborah Long has decided her fourth term as House District 45 representative will be her last.
    Long, a Republican who made history in 2008 as the first woman elected to the District 45 seat, announced Dec. 11 she will not run for reelection next year. She plans to serve the remaining year on her two-year term.

  • Man charged in video-poker operation

    A Lancaster man was arrested Dec. 9 for running a gambling operation at a makeshift sports bar in a converted storage shed in south Lancaster.
    John Thomas Whitaker, 37, is charged with possession of gambling devices and keeping a gaming house.
    A sheriff’s office release said drug task force agents arrested Whitaker during a raid at a storage unit he kept at 1525 Holly Hill Street off Lynwood Drive, which he’d “upfitted like a sports bar.”

  • City OKs $367,000 for wastewater fixes

    Lancaster City Council unanimously approved two contract amendments and five new contracts totaling almost $367,000 on Dec. 8, all with the engineering firm hired to assure compliance with the municipality’s EPA consent order.
    Lancaster City Administrator Flip Hutfles said five of the expenditures are directly tied to the August 2013 consent order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency involving the city’s wastewater-collection system.
    A consent order is a negotiated agreement that obligates a party to make specific improvements.

  • Dog mauls boy, 6, gets shot by dad

    A 6-year-old Lancaster boy is recovering after being mauled in the face by a neighbor’s dog Dec. 9, while his father faces a misdemeanor charge for shooting the dog.
    Connor Dixon was playing with friends at the home of his neighbors Robert and Tiffany Miles, 4724 Taxahaw Road, about 3:58 p.m. when their dog attacked him, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

  • ILHS athlete airlifted to CMC

    A 14-year-old Indian Land High School varsity baseball player is recovering in a Charlotte hospital after he was struck in the head by a ball and lost consciousness during an evening practice Dec. 9.
    The student, whose name is not being released by school officials, was running the bases at the school about 5 p.m. Wednesday when he was hit, said Lancaster County School District safety director Bryan Vaughn.

  • School building projects to total $199M

    After reviewing a plethora of school needs across Lancaster County, school district officials settled this week on $199 million as the amount of a proposed capital projects bond.
    The largest items on the bond list are two new schools in Indian Land – a high school and an elementary – though the list also includes numerous projects for schools throughout the county.
    Details about the projects, and a final bond amount to eventually present to voters, were revealed during a special Lancaster County school board meeting Dec. 8.

  • Kershaw, Lancaster Residents report armed robberies

    A Kershaw man said he was pulled out of his car, roughed up and robbed by a man he’d stopped to speak with on a road outside of town Nov. 29.
    The armed robbery was the second in three days, the other one having occurred Nov. 26 outside a church on Great Falls Highway.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the 19-year-old Kershaw man who lives on Youngs Bend Road said he was suffering from insomnia the night of Nov. 29 and decided to go for a ride about 11:35.

  • Technicality puts McClancy rezoning back on table

    Despite a vote to deny an industrial rezoning for McClancy Seasoning last month, a procedural technicality will allow the issue to be heard once again during Lancaster County Council’s Dec. 14 meeting.
    The rezoning, which has drawn ire from hundreds of Panhandle residents during the last few months, was brought back to council’s Nov. 23 meeting when Councilman Steve Harper asked for a motion to reconsider.

  • Man accused of entering house, assaulting couple

    A Lancaster man was arrested this week and charged with climbing through a kitchen window and assaulting a couple inside a home.
    Travis Antwan Davis, 26, 704 Central Ave., was arrested Dec. 1 on charges of second-degree assault and battery and second-degree criminal domestic violence, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The arrest came minutes after officers responded just after midnight to a Penny Street home about a disturbance. A 911 dispatcher reported a woman was on the line and was yelling for Davis not to take a child from the scene.