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  • Lancaster County teachers Celebrate Great Teaching

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    If the Celebration of Great Teaching event on Tuesday, Aug. 14, is any indicator, this is going to be a great year for Lancaster County School District and its teachers.

    Though always a great celebration of the excellence district educators embody, this year’s event, with its theme “Ready for the Ride,” was bigger and better than ever before, an event that at times seemed as much a pep rally as a gathering of teachers.

  • Rising sixth graders, incoming freshmen get an early start

    In school, as in life, there are milestones that often prove overwhelming in the sheer immensity of the change.

    Take, for example, two of the most pivotal grades in a school career, the sixth and ninth grades.
    There you are, in a new school, thrown in, often, with new schoolmates; you don’t know where your classes are, you don’t know where your locker is, or the lunchroom, or the library.

  • Deputies seek man who stole 150 used car batteries from Walmart in Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND – Investigators are hoping multiple images from a Walmart security camera in Indian Land will help catch a man seen stealing several items late Wednesday night, Aug. 15.

    The images, which show a man, right, removing a chain from a storage case behind the Walmart at 10048 Charlotte Highway, were released to the public Friday in a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The theft happened at 9:15 p.m. when the unknown man broke into a storage cage behind the superstore, the release said.

  • Deputy finds mobile meth lab

    KERSHAW – A suspicious car parked at Stevens Park early Wednesday led to the arrests of two people, after deputies found them using the  vehicle as a mobile methamphetamine lab. 

  • Second suspect in Lamplight Road murder case released from hospital, jailed

    After spending more than two weeks at an undisclosed hospital, a Lancaster man is now behind bars in connection with the shooting death of a man last month. 

    Keishawn Omar McManus, 19, 180 Clyburn Drive, who was arrested July 28 in the murder of Timothy Alan Wissinger, had been undergoing treatment for an unknown medical issue since his arrest. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw confirmed McManus has since recovered and was jailed Tuesday, Aug. 14. 

  • Roadwork ahead: Project snarls IL traffic on U.S. 521

    INDIAN LAND – A massive road project at a major Pahandle intersection already playing havoc with local traffic could last another two and a half months or more, an SCDOT official said Thursday.

    Roadwork at the intersection of Charlotte Highway and Doby’s Bridge Road began last week resulting in traffic congestion in the area during peak driving times.

  • Former EMS employee turns himself in at sheriff’s office

    Following months of speculation about an investigation of a Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services employee, a former medic turned himself in to authorities this week. 

    Thomas Gregory Robinson, 51, voluntarily surrendered himself to Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday, Aug. 16, and was jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center, said S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) spokesman Thom Barry. 

    Barry said Robinson is charged with one count of possession of other controlled substances, Schedules I to V. 

  • City Council, school board filing ends

    Of the people running for non-partisan seats in Lancaster County this year, two are looking to hold public office for the first time.

    Filing ended noon Wednesday, Aug. 15, for seats up for re-election in November for Lancaster County school board and Lancaster City Council.

    Political newcomer Jackie Harris is seeking the City Council District 3 seat. 

    Harris was the final person to file for a seat this election season, having done so Tuesday.

  • Living Water Bookstore to close after 37 years

    You can blame the closing of the Living Water Christian Bookstore on cyberspace sales, the overall decline of the print publishing industry, technology, or perhaps, another cause.

    Since going into the ministry, the Rev. Roy Miles has been able to share Jesus with others as the answer to most of life’s roller coasters, but this is a ride he doesn’t have an answer for.

  • Deputies find mobile meth lab

    KERSHAW – A stolen car led deputies to discover a mobile methamphetamine (meth) lab in a Kershaw park early Wednesday morning, Aug. 15. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said a man and woman were arrested at about 7 a.m. when a patrol deputy found them inside a stolen car at Kershaw’s Stevens Park. 

    After they were arrested, Shaw said deputies found materials commonly used to manufacture meth inside the car.