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  • 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.

  • City firefighters to begin hydrant testing

    Lancaster Fire Department
    The Lancaster Fire Department will begin its semi-annual fire hydrant testing throughout the corporate city limits on Monday, April 1.
    The testing will continue through the end of May.
    All city fire hydrants will be tested to ensure they operate properly and produce the required water pressure when needed.
    Since this process must be done during normal operating hours, it’s impossible to know in advance just when or where the testing will take place in specific areas.

  • Today is deadline for free credit protection

    Today, March 31, is the deadline to register with Experian to receive free credit monitoring as a result of the breach at the state’s Department of Revenue in October.

    The DOR data breach team has been working throughout the weekend to provide assistance for individuals to sign up for the free, one-year credit protection.

    To enroll, individuals have the option to either go online by visiting protectmyid.com/scdor and entering the code SCDOR123, or by calling Experian’s ProtectMyID Customer Service at 1 (866) 578-5422, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

  • IL natives honored for community impact

    About 80 people attended Steele Hill Community Partners Inc.’s inaugural Making a Difference Community Awards luncheon March 16 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Indian Land.

    The luncheon had a two-fold purpose – to recognize Indian Land residents who have made an impact on the Panhandle community and to raise money for Steele Hill Community Partners’ Hi Kee Summer Enrichment Program.