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  • Police seek third suspect in Brazzell murder

    The Lancaster Police Department is now seeking a third suspect in connection to the July 16 murder of David Scott Brazzell at his Rutledge Street home.

    LPD Capt. Paul Smith issued a press release Saturday that investigators have signed a warrant charging Cameron Leroy Maier, 21, 4424 Fletcher Funderburke Road, with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. His whereabouts are not known.

    Smith said investigators have learned that Maier actively conspired with Junior Lee Kiker Jr. and Samantha Diana Humphries to commit armed robbery against Brazzell.

  • Library system applies brakes to bookmobile

    The end of an era is coming for the Lancaster County Library system with the discontinuance of its bookmobile program.
    Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band said the program will wind down traditional service by the end of July, the victim of changing times.
    “It’s just not a very good resource any more,” Band said. “Times have changed and the bookmobile is more like a horse and buggy.”

  • Faris resigns as ILHS principal

    Indian Land High School Principal Kathy Faris unexpectedly announced Thursday she is giving up her position at the end of the month, a position she has held five years.
    Faris’ announcement came in a resignation letter sent to faculty and staff Thursday, a little more than a month before students return to school Aug. 15.

  • Youth Serve program needs help

    KERSHAW – The time to act is now.
    Though that line may sound like a pitch from a TV infomercial, those words also apply to a serious need in the southern end of Lancaster County.
    Youth Serve, which recruits teens to make volunteer repairs to area homes, is $6,000 under budget and has to have that funding to continue its program.
    Youth Serve is part of Kershaw Area Resource Exchange, which provides an array of services to people in the southern portion of the county. The next series of home repairs is set to run this week.

  • Rob Petrucci takes over as new EMS director

    It’s a long way from Las Vegas to Lancaster, but Rob Petrucci, 42, and his family packed up and made the trip to start his new job as director of Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services. His first day was June 15.
    Coming here was not as big a leap as you might think. Petrucci found his calling while he was doing undergraduate studies at California-Polytechnical College in San Luis Obispo, Calif. He got involved with the EMS there, and has been at it ever since.

  • Municipal court to alter work schedules

    There will be several changes to the work schedules for the city of Lancaster’s court employees – moves that are said to improve services and provide more accessibility.
    Municipal Court Administrator Darlene Whitley proposed that all of the department’s employees move to a four-day, 10-hour-per-day work week.
    That allows a judge to be off on either on Monday or Friday, giving that person a three-day weekend.

  • Man attacks girlfriend, bar bouncer

    A bouncer and a women were both attacked at a night spot on Great Falls Highway just over a week ago.
    Donald Keith Snipes, 32, 2055 Powell Ave., was charged July 9 with assault, criminal domestic violence and malicious injury to property.
    Multiple people told deputies that Snipes attacked his girlfriend and a bouncer at The Spoke Bar and Grill between 11 and 11:30 p.m. that night, according to an incident report from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

  • Teenager runs from shooter at Carolina Court

    A Lancaster teen told officers he narrowly missed being shot by another teen early Wednesday morning.
    Lancaster police officers spoke with the 17-year-old teen at Caroline Court a little before 10 a.m. The teen told officers the shooting happened hours earlier, sometime after 1 a.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The shooting allegedly happened moments after the victim and three other people were walking together along a path next to the basketball court, the report said.

  • ILHS classes 1930-'78 share memories at joint reunion

    More than 200 Indian Land High School graduates from the Classes of 1930 to 1978 gathered for lunch June 26 to reminisce about their earlier years, when the community was smaller and the schools were too.  
    The event is a homecoming that has nothing to do with football and everything to do with coming back to the people and the places of their youth.
    As the community grows, there are fewer people who remember it as the rural farming community it once was. But once a year, you can find many of them in the Indian Land Elementary School cafeteria.

  • City gives Hope on the Hill $25K

    Tuesday wasn’t the first time the Rev. Wayne Murray approached City Council with a host of concerns regarding hospitality tax grant funding.  
    Murray is chairman of Hope on the Hill, a youth-service organization that is renovating the old Barr Street High School auditorium and gymnasium to be used as a multi-purpose community center.
    Though Hope on the Hill has received $125,000 from the city in the past, he was disappointed the organization had been turned down for funding multiple times since then.