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  • Post office won’t deliver on IL road

    INDIAN LAND – The U.S. Postal Service motto says, neither “snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” will stop mail couriers from delivering the mail, but as it turns out there is one thing that will – Green Pond Road.

    Located off Henry Harris Road, Green Pond Road is a mile-long, single lane road cutting through a beautiful rural slice of the Panhandle. 

    The road, and the smaller roads it feeds, is home to more than 31 families, none of whom have received mail in their home mailboxes since early October.

  • Firefighter charged with embezzling public funds

    A volunteer firefighter was arrested last month on an embezzlement charge, according to newly released information from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. 

    Joshua Phillip Cauthen, 21, 994 Suttle Road, was arrested Oct. 12 on the charge of embezzlement of public funds less than $10,000, according to a sheriff’s office press release.  

    Cauthen, a member of  Gooches Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, was jailed and released the same day on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.  

  • Grant: Details sketchy in shooting

    Details remain sketchy in a Monday night, Nov. 12, shooting that left one man seriously injured. 

    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant released limited information about the shooting Tuesday morning, which happened at about 10:12 p.m. in the 200 block of Thomas Lane. 

    While Grant said he could not release many details about the case, he did reveal that one man was shot and his injuries were serious. The victim was flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment, Grant said. 

  • Council approves speed limit change along Green Pond Road

    Despite complaints of right-of-way infringements and mysterious mailboxes along Indian Land’s Green Pond Road, Lancaster County Council kept its focus solely on speed limits during its Monday, Nov. 12, meeting. 

    Council voted 5-1 to approve lowering the speed limit along the road to 15 mph, with Councilman Cotton Cole dissenting. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff was absent from the meeting. 

  • Volunteer firefighter charged with embezzlement

     Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    A volunteer firefighter was arrested last month on an embezzlement charge, according to newly released information from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Joshua Phillip Cauthen, 21, 994 Suttle Road, was arrested Oct. 12 on the charge of embezzlement of public funds less than $10,000, according to a sheriff’s office press release.  

  • Panhandle carries measure on Sunday alcohol sales

    Final election numbers on Lancaster County’s ballot measure regarding Sunday alcohol sales at local restaurants show Indian Land voters played a major role in the measure's approval.

    According to final vote tallies, Lancaster County residents overall approved the measure by a 16-percent margin with 18,526 votes for the proposal and 13,412 against. 

  • Emergency center does double duty

    Most Election Days, the three phones in the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office ring non-stop.

    Those phones did ring on Tuesday, Nov. 6, but the volume of calls election workers were fielding in the county administration building wasn’t as bad as usual.

    But that didn’t mean nobody was answering them. Those phones were still ringing, just not in that office.

    The calls were rerouted to a temporary call center set up in the Lancaster County Emergency Management Office on White Street.

  • Council chairwoman loses re-election bid

    Steve Harper was fast asleep early Wednesday morning when he awoke to a good-news phone call – he had won the Lancaster County Council District 5 seat.

    It was about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 7, when a supporter let Harper, a Republican, know he had clinched the council seat by 288 votes, defeating Democratic incumbent Kathy Sistare. 

    “It was a relief,” Harper said Wednesday afternoon. 

  • ‘A sign of the times’

    Mandy Powers Norrell sees her victory Tuesday, Nov. 6, as part of a trend of more women immersing themselves in politics. 

    With her win over Joseph Coy and Ryan Payne, Norrell will become the first woman ever to hold the S.C. House District 44 seat. 

    The seat, which covers the lower portion of Lancaster County, will soon be vacated by retiring state Rep. Jimmy Neal of Kershaw. 

  • Harris unseats Blackmon-Brace on City Council

    One of Lancaster City Council’s most outspoken members has been unseated.

    Jackie Harris, seeking elected office for the first time, defeated Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace in Tuesday’s District 3 race.

    Harris won 312 of the 562 votes cast, or 55 percent. Blackmon-Brace collected 250 votes.

    Among the five voting precincts, the results were as follows:

    – Lancaster East: Harris – 115 votes, Blackmon-Brace – 41 votes