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  • Man killed in shooting

    Police are investigating the shooting death of a Lancaster man late Sunday night, March 3, in what has become the county’s third murder of 2013.

    Kenneth Jeffery Blanding, 36, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. Outside a home in the 400 block of Miller Street, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome late Monday afternoon.

    Broome said Blanding’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

  • Thomas & Betts announces expansion

    Lancaster’s Thomas & Betts will undergo a major expansion that's expected to create more jobs at its plant at 3468 Old Camden Highway (off Kershaw Camden Highway, just south of the Elgin community).

    The company, which makes steel power transmission structures, will add shifts in order to meet increased demands for its products, according to a media release issued Monday, March 4.

  • Comporium suffers e-mail issues

    A “SPAM tsunami” is how one Comporium Communications customer described the company’s e-mail problem this week.

    Glenn McFadden, Comporium’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the problem started Monday.

    The problem was caused by hackers.

    According to McFadden, hackers are always trying to get into the Comporium system, just like they do with government systems and other businesses.

  • IL awards supports Hi Kee

    Steele Hill Community Partners Inc. is starting a new tradition this month with a fundraiser dedicated to honoring Indian Land residents who have made an impact on the community.

    The inaugural Making a Difference Community Awards luncheon is 11:30 a.m. March 16 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway.

    Proceeds from the event will be used to support Steele Hill Community Partners’ Hi Kee Summer Enrichment Program.

  • Man sentenced for home invasion

    A Lancaster man arrested last year for his involvement in a violent home invasion that injured a two-month-old baby was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

    Jamarcus D. Patterson, 30, 153 Plyler St., was sentenced Feb.15 after pleading guilty to violent second-degree burglary, attempted common law robbery and accessory before the fact of first-degree assault and battery, according to a press release by Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

  • Accident flips truck

    Despite appearances, no one was seriously injured in a dramatic accident about 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the intersection of Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) and Shiloh Unity Road north of Lancaster.

    Several witnesses on the scene said a semi-truck heading south on U.S. 521 hauling a dump trailer ran the red light and struck a 1997 Toyota pickup truck as it pulled into the intersection after leaving the Raceway Express gas station.

  • Man arrested after holding woman at gunpoint, shooting TV

    A tense standoff with deputies ended with the arrest of an Indian Land man early Thursday, Feb. 28, after he allegedly fired a gun into a television and held a woman at gunpoint inside his home.

    Christopher Jason Guffey, 40, 514 Marvin Road, was charged with first-degree assault and battery, kidnapping and pointing and presenting a firearm, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Council to seek air-rail grant

    Lancaster City Council is on board with County Council in hopes of getting federal grant money to help develop the Lancaster Air-Rail Industrial Park.

    At its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26, council voted unanimously to give city staff the go-ahead to apply for an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant with Lancaster County.

    The vote was 6-0. Councilwoman Jackie Harris was absent.

    County Council voted to seek the grant during its Feb. 11 meeting.

  • Soccer field at Buford Recreation Center ruined by ATV

    Heartache and confusion.

    Those are just two of the words that come to mind when Hal Hiott surveys the damage done to one of the main soccer fields outside the Buford Recreation Center earlier this month.

    Usually jam-packed with young soccer players, the field now sits unused, etched with muddy, deep-rutted concentric circles. The vandalism was made sometime during the county’s recent surprise snowstorm, when someone plowed a four-wheeler through the wet fields.

    “Somebody’s fun caused a lot of heartache to others,” Hiott said.

  • Workforce training initiative earns state certification

    A Lancaster County effort to prepare unemployed workers for future jobs and make the county more attractive to new business and industry is well underway now after earning its state certification last week.

    In a related development on, Feb. 19, Lancaster County Council also approved a permanent home for the initiative and funding to employ a full-time coordinator.