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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. 

  • 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.

  • ‘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.