Local News

  • North Elementary student suspended for bringing knife to summer school class

    A North Elementary School summer program student was suspended last week after bringing a pocket knife to school.

    Though no one was threatened or injured in the incident, Lancaster County School District Transportation and Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said the incident is a good reminder as the new school year begins of the seriousness of the offense.

    Vaughn said the incident came to light when another student told a teacher that the 11-year-old rising fifth-grader had a knife.

  • DHEC gathers public input on Pressley’s permit

    Officials with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) met with Indian Land residents at Indian Land Middle School on Aug. 7 to discuss a pending permit for Pressley’s Recycling Center and solicit public input.

    Pressley’s Recycling Center owner Ronald R. Olsen has requested a permit to operate a previously unpermitted concrete crusher in the wake of a December compliance letter from DHEC ordering him to address multiple regulatory violations at the site.

    The center is located at 9531 Charlotte Highway.

  • Van Wyck post office faces cuts

    VAN WYCK – The Van Wyck post office survived a potential closing last year, but now faces a reduction in hours, according to the latest cost-saving plan from the U.S. Postal Service. 

    The Post Office Structure (POSt) Plan calls for reducing hours in 17,700 of 32,000 postal retail locations. For Van Wyck’s office, this would mean opening for four rather than eight hours on weekdays. 

    Last year’s proposed closure of 3,700 rural post offices was met with an outpouring of complaints from the affected communities. 

  • Rain, rain and more rain

    Heat and drought have been mentioned in the news this week nearly as much as the 2012 Olympics.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported Tuesday that July was the hottest month ever recorded in the lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. The average temperature last month was 77.6 degrees, which tops the record of 77.4 degrees set in July 1936. Records date back to 1895.

  • Murder suspect slashes deputy

    A Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigator – recently named S.C. Deputy of the Year – is recovering after he was slashed in the neck by an inmate Wednesday morning, Aug. 8.

    Sheriff Barry Faile confirmed Investigator Fred Thompson was attacked during an inmate interview early Wednesday. He has been treated for his injuries and is recuperating at his home.

  • Richburg man arrested in shooting death of Terry

    The strange case of a Lancaster man found shot to death along a Chester County street took another turn this week when a Richburg man was arrested for his murder. 

    Antwan Terrill White, 21, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 8, and charged with murder in connection with the death of 39-year-old Lancaster resident Michael Jermaine Terry on July 29, according to a press release from Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith. 

  • Blackmon-Brace to seek re-election to City Council

    Add Linda Blackmon-Brace to the list of candidates who have filed to run for either Lancaster City Council or Lancaster County school board.

    Blackmon-Brace, who serves City Council District 3, filed Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8, said Mary Ann Hudson, the county’s voter registration director.

    Blackmon-Brace joins Tamara Green Garris (District 4) and Sara Eddins (District 6) as the three City Council incumbents to file.

    Jean Cureton has also filed for District 4.

  • Horne Twitty Road bridge to be replaced

    The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Maintenance Division is replacing the bridge over Little Creek on Horne Twitty Road approximately 3.8 miles northeast of Heath Springs.

    According to a SCDOT release, a routine inspection rated the bridge as structurally deficient. Due to the relatively low traffic volume, and to minimize the impact to area property owners, the road will be closed during this replacement. The road will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 13. The estimated completion date is Oct. 31.

  • Red Ventures to expand Indian Land headquarters

    INDIAN LAND – Red Ventures announced Tuesday, Aug. 7, it has purchased 16 additional acres adjacent to its headquarters with the goal of doubling its workforce over the coming five years.

    According to the announcement, the company will begin construction of its third building by the end of the year, a move that will allow the company to hire an additional 1,000 employees.

    The direct-marketing company currently employs nearly 1,000 employees at its 17-acre, 150,000 square-foot center in the 521 Corporate Center Park in Indian Land.

  • Local man shot during fight on J.B. Denton Road

    A fight between two men at a J.B. Denton Road home early Saturday, Aug. 4, ended in the street with gunfire.

    One of the men – William Lee Adams, 42, 2120 J.B. Denton Road – was arrested Sunday, Aug. 5, and charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.

    Adams is jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center and his bond has been denied.