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  • Victim reports crime, arrested as culprit

    A Heath Springs man who called 911 to report someone in a pickup intentionally ramming his SUV ended up behind bars when the investigation revealed he was the aggressor, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said.

    Douglas Wayne Donahue, 46, 631 Fairhill Road, was arrested on two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm and one count of second-degree assault and battery.

  • Public invited to 2-day UDO review sessions

    The public is invited to two days of sessions to review and comment on Lancaster County’s proposed new Unified Development Ordinance and zoning map.

    The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is mandated by the South Carolina Planning Act. The UDO includes zoning district standards, infrastructure standards, general development standards, natural resources protection and the official zoning map.

  • Lesson: Don’t do the crime if you need to go potty-time

    Never take a bathroom break in the middle of a crime.

    Two Lancaster women were charged this week with kidnapping and attempted armed robbery after an Indian Land woman said they tried to force her to cash a $3,615 check and give them the money. 

    Ashley Jeanette Sanders, 21, of 3660 Heyward Hough Road and Lauren Rena Knight, 17, of 684 Taylor Drive, were arrested Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report.

  • Charges dropped in girl’s death

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman has dismissed the Valentines Day 2002 case of a former Kershaw man who was speeding on Catoe Road in Lancaster when he struck and killed a 9-year-old girl crossing the road.

    Garth Braxton Beard was charged in June 2002 with one count of reckless homicide in the death of Brandi Profitt of Lancaster.

  • Candidate filing starts Wednesday

    The filing period for Democratic and Republican candidates begins this week for nine local offices in the June primary election, as well as the county’s and state’s legislative delegations.

    Filing opens noon Wednesday, March 16, and closes at noon March 30, said Lancaster County Director of Elections Mary Ann Hudson.

    U.S. Senate and House candidates must file at the S.C. Election Commission, 1122 Lady St., Suite 500, in Columbia.

  • Red Ventures’ Elias ‘flash funds’ supplies for 10 county schools

    What do iPads, a box of stability balls and a stack of books related to “Romeo and Juliet” have in common?

    They are just some of the supplies in 19 Lancaster County classrooms “flash funded” Thursday by Ric Elias, CEO of Indian Land marketing company Red Ventures. 

  • School district considers student networking website

    Can a student networking website help connect local youth to colleges and future careers, while also keeping vital information about their test scores, college preferences and awards secure?

    That’s one of the questions Lancaster County School District officials are looking at as they move forward with a pilot program to offer the STEM Premier website as a resource for middle and high school students. 

  • Movement Mortgage opens new corporate headquarters

    FORT MILL – Movement Mortgage on Friday opened its new $22 million headquarters and announced that it is two years ahead of schedule on its goal of creating 672 jobs at the facility. 

    Gov. Nikki Haley and other officials joined company executives and employees for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  • Housing authority considers instituting a smoking ban

    The Housing Authority of Lancaster County is considering adopting a smoke-free policy for tenants at two public housing complexes.

    Its executive director, Jerry Witherspoon, discussed the matter with Lancaster City Council on Tuesday night, while reporting the authority’s activities over the past year.

    The local housing authority provides housing for low-income families and oversees Caroline Court apartments and Frank L. Roddey Homes. 

  • School district considers student networking website

    Can a student networking website help connect local youth to colleges and future careers, while also keeping vital information about their test scores, college preferences and awards secure?

    That’s one of the questions Lancaster County School District officials are looking at as they move forward with a pilot program to offer the STEM Premier website as a resource for middle and high school students.