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  • Men try apparent scam at Publix supermarket

    Deputies are looking for two men who unsuccessfully tried to buy a slew of gift cards at an Indian Land supermarket late last month in a possible scam.

    Employees at Publix, 8360 Charlotte Highway, called 911 about 5:30 p.m. March 22, to report that two men tried to buy goods under false pretenses, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Blackwelder: Plane crash never happened

    An urgent 911 call about a possible airplane in trouble Tuesday, April 9, turned out to be a standard training routine, according to local fire officials.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said reports of a plane in distress or a downed airplane in the northern end of the county were simply a misunderstanding. The calls were received Tuesday afternoon and emergency crews spent several hours searching for a possible crash site.

  • Retailers protest liquor bill

    A bill before the state Senate Judiciary Committee, sponsored by Lancaster’s Republican Sen. Greg Gregory and

    Democratic Sen. Brad Hutto of Orangeburg, has liquor store owners statewide concerned about the effects it will have on their livelihoods.

    S.404, which faces a full committee vote Tuesday, April 9, would change the state’s liquor laws to allow retailers to buy up to seven retail liquor store licenses instead of the three allowed under the current 37-year-old law.

  • Jackson's Dark History

    Organizers of this year’s eighth annual Native American Studies Week at the University of South Carolina Lancaster took on the complex legacy of Lancaster County’s most famous son Thursday, March 28.

    Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, was born March 15, 1767, in the “Waxhaws of South Carolina,” a geographical area that is now part of the Lancaster County Panhandle.

  • Firms eye former Titanium Solutions offices

    Lancaster County Economic Development is in negotiations to fill office space in Indian Land’s URS Building formerly occupied by Titanium Solutions.

    Meanwhile, former Titanium Solutions employees, who maintain they were blindsided by the company’s sudden closing March 13, said company officials have since offered them larger severance packages, a move that averted a brewing lawsuit.

  • SLED stats show statewide drop in crime

    A new study shows crime was down across the state through 2011, though Lancaster County continued to post one of the highest crime tallies in its five-county region.

    Released this week as part of the Crime in South Carolina 2011 Report, the statistics showed a 2.2 percent decline in the rate of violent crime throughout the state in 2011 compared to the previous year. The report is compiled as a joint effort between the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

  • Two hurt in three-vehicle wreck March 30

    A Kershaw man was flown to a hospital in Columbia following an automobile accident March 30 involving three vehicles.

    Meanwhile, Lancaster County deputies are searching for the driver of a car that wrecked Monday morning, April 1, on Camp Creek Road.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Brent Kelly said the first accident happened about 10:08 p.m. March 30 on Kershaw Camden Highway near the intersection of Cane Mill Road.

    Kelly said Paul Marcinkiewicz, 20, of Charlotte, driving northbound in a 2007 GMC SUV, crossed the center line.

  • Survivor's luncheon April 13

    Cancer is never an easy thing to deal with, but it can help to know there are others going through the same experience.

    The Lancaster chapter of the American Cancer Society holds an annual survivors’ luncheon, open to the more than 700 cancer survivors in the community.

    This year’s luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Covenant Baptist Church, 165 Craig Manor Road.

    Lorri Crawford, who – with her husband, Richard – has been involved with the luncheon since 2006, said the event is an important one.

  • Safety check nets six arrests

    Drugs, drivers without licenses and a woman wanted in another county were all found during a recent safety checkpoint conducted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The checkpoint, held late March 23 along S.C. 9 near the Chester County line, saw the arrests of six people on charges ranging from no insurance to simple possession of marijuana, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.

    The arrests, made throughout the night, included the following charges:

  • Murder suspect back in jail after running from deputies

    A Lancaster man out on bond in connection with the shooting death of a man two years ago found himself behind bars again after he led deputies on a chase earlier this month.

    Junior Lee Kiker, 31, 6051 Shiloh Unity Road, is one of two people charged with the July 16, 2011, murder of David Brazzell.

    Kiker was re-arrested March 7 on a charge of resisting arrest following a short foot chase through a Lancaster neighborhood, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. He was also served with an outstanding family court bench warrant.