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  • IL school property a done deal

    The project to build a new elementary school in Indian Land is set to move forward in earnest with major developments announced during the Lancaster County school board meeting Tuesday, July 31.

    In an update to board members, Lancaster County schools superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said the district had finalized the $1.1 million purchase of a 26.5-acre property on Harrisburg Road earlier in the day.

    More big news came when Moore offered board members a first look at the prototype floor plan district officials want to build on the site.

  • Community reaches out to help victims

    A house fire in the Antioch community Sunday night is the second local blaze in less than a week to leave a family without a home. In both cases, the community is reaching out to help the families restart their lives.

    Fire officials said the Sunday, July 29, fire at 2606 Arant Drive began with a grease fire on the stove. 

    According to the incident report, homeowner Jennifer Newman’s 19-year-old son, Michael Newman, put a pot of grease on the stove to cook french fries and then left to make a quick trip to a nearby convenience store.

  • Speedway to induct five into Hall of Fame

    There are five names on one of the backstretch signs at Lancaster Speedway.

    That sign marks the names of local racing legends Carl Brownell, Billy Causey, Kenny Polston, Wade Small and Ira Small. They are the members of the local half-mile dirt track’s Hall of Fame.

    After Saturday night, that list of names will be a lot longer.

    The names of a former track owner, a car builder and three drivers who knew how to maneuver down the backstretch into one of the banked turns will be added to the sign.

  • Man arrested for stealing tablet from restaurant

    Officers arrested a Lancaster man July 25 after connecting him to the theft of an electronic tablet from a fast-food restaurant earlier that week. 

    James Keith Spears, 23, 705 Community Lane, was arrested and charged with petit larceny, according to information released by the Lancaster Police Department. 

    The arrest came less than a day after officers asked for help from the community in tracking down who stole a Kindle Fire tablet from a booth inside McDonald’s, at 316 S.C. 9 Bypass.

  • Woman reports being hit by car

    Police are still hashing out exactly what happened to a Lancaster woman who reported she was struck by a car and knocked to the ground early Tuesday, July 31.

    Officers found the woman at about 4:15 a.m. after responding to a 911 call in the 300 block of East Dunlap Street, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The 56-year-old Lancaster woman, who approached their patrol car holding her right arm and wrist, said she was walking in the area of East Dunlap Street near Willowlake Road when she was struck by a red car.

  • Mark your calendar: students’ first day is August 20

    Lancaster County School District students will start school again on August 20. Here are other important school dates to note:

    2012
    Aug. 10 - New personnel orientation
    Aug. 13 - Teacher workday
    Aug. 14 - Professional development (all teachers)
    Aug. 14 - Districtwide meeting day
    Aug. 15 – Teacher workday
    Aug. 16 - Professional development (all teachers)
    Aug. 17 - Professional development (all teachers)
    Aug. 17 - First day for sixth and ninth grades - 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Lancaster man found dead in Chester County

    CHESTER – Authorities are still investigating the death of a Lancaster man found lying in the middle of a Chester County road Sunday, July 29.

    Chester County deputies discovered the body of Michael Jermaine Terry, 39, 205 N. French St., only minutes after responding to a sexual assault call in the same area, according to information released Monday by Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith.

  • DHEC to hold Pressley’s meeting

    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has scheduled a meeting for public input on a draft air- quality permit for Pressley’s Recycling Center in Indian Land.

    The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the Indian Land Middle School cafeteria, 8361 Charlotte Highway.

  • Closet Ministry to host free shopping day Saturday

    August is here, which means it’s almost time to head back to school. Do you have all the clothing and materials needed for a smooth start?

    If not, there will be plenty of assistance available Saturday, Aug. 4., at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster.

    That’s when The Closet Ministry will host what’s become its annual back-to-school free shopping day. It’s open to anyone in need of clothing.

  • Federal judge sentences Brackett to 15 months

    ABERDEEN, Miss. – A Lancaster man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a black-market cigarette conspiracy.

    According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, in mid-July, U.S. District Judge Sharon Aycock sentenced Fred Brackett to 15 months in prison and ordered him to pay $206,000 in restitution.

    Brackett, owner of FB Enterprises on Charlotte Highway, will be allowed to turn himself in at a designated prison on Sept. 10. It is unknown where that prison is.