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  • Foundation awards scholarship following drawn-out dispute

    A scholarship dispute involving a local college student’s family and the Michael Blackmon Foundation was resolved months ago, according to the foundation.

    The Michael Blackmon Foundation, started years ago in memory of a Lancaster man who from AIDS, awards scholarships each year to area college students.

    Miranda Baker and Latisha Potts, a then-Indian Land High School senior, were selected as the 2009 winners, with each set to receive a $500 award.

  • Man charged with murder in lynching

    INDIAN LAND – One of the four men jailed in connection with a Christmas night lynching incident in Indian Land could get life in prison.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office charged Evan Starck, 28, of 598 Six Mile Creek Road, on Wednesday with murder.

    Starck and three other Indian Land men had each been charged with lynching after Charlotte resident Ronnie Gene Wallace, 42, was hit on the head with a two-by-four during a fight in the Panhandle on Dec. 25.

    Wallace later died at Carolinas Medical Center.

  • Police reports - Jan. 3, 2010

    Drugs seized from Lancaster home

    A Lancaster man was arrested on a cocaine charge Wednesday after authorities conducted surveillance on his home.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office charged David Lee Frazier, 62, 1265 Springdale Road, with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

    Deputies stopped a blue van after watching the driver, Samuel Hall Jr., leave the house and drive away.

  • The Lancaster News looks back at top stories of year

    Each year, The Lancaster News staff tries to take the events of the past 12 months, catalog them and determine what we, as a newspaper, consider the most important.

    We looked back at the biggest stories of the past year, and then 12 members of our staff from different departments ranked what they thought were the biggest stories to determine the list.

    Here’s our top 10 list:

    No. 1: Tough times

  • Heath Springs man to seek House seat

    HEATH SPRINGS – It was about this time last year when Heath Springs resident Rob McCoy first considered entering the political arena.

    McCoy, owner of McCoy Motors in Indian Land, was concerned with discussions by then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama about taxes for business owners, particularly those who make $250,000 or more.

    “I haven’t made it to that level yet, but I don’t think I should be penalized if I ever did that well with my business,” McCoy said. “It really irked me and hit a spot in my heart.”

  • Police reports - Jan. 1, 2010

    Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on an assault charge after police say he attacked a man with a knife at a Robinson Road residence on Dec. 22.

    Mario A. Haggins, 25, 808 Calhoun St., was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

  • Authorities: IL man filed false police report about carjacking

    INDIAN LAND - An Indian Land man lied about being carjacked and forced to drive to Tennessee at gunpoint, authorities say.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Christopher Clay Chessner, 46, of 7457 Largo Lane, with filing a false police report.

    He told deputies he was driving to the store to get some coffee Dec. 22 when he saw a man waving his arms at traffic on Elms Brook Road near Harrisburg Road, according a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Kershaw man faces charge after stabbing

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw man has been charged in a Dec. 23 altercation that sent another man to the hospital.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Willie Michael Moore, 49, of 882 Kershaw Country Club Road, with aggravated assault and battery.

    Deputies came to South Hart Street in Kershaw just before 6 p.m. Dec. 23 after receiving a call about shots fired in the area.

    They saw a man lying face down on the ground, suffering from what appeared to be a stab wound or a gun shot wound to his left thigh, according to an incident report.

  • Santa visits Indian Land homes via shiny firetruck

    INDIAN LAND ee" Santa rode into town Christmas Eve on a red, shiny firetruck. For 18 years, the man in the red suit has made Indian Land an early stop with the help of local fire departments.

    The local Explorer Post 14, along with the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments, delivered food and gifts to 14 area families.

  • Spratt dismisses media reports, says he plans to seek re-election in 2010

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5th District, has dismissed recent media reports that said he would not seek re-election in 2010.

    The National Republican Congressional Committee has been sending press releases since November suggesting Spratt is retiring or should retire. There have also been some speculative reports on the washingtonpost.com and Politico.com, suggesting that Spratt, who has held the seat since 1982, would not seek re-election next year.