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  • County risks losing big bucks

    A revenue race is on, with Lancaster County Council trying to decide whether to impose the maximum 2 percent hospitality tax countywide before Indian Land can become an independent city in control of its own finances.

    While the idea is still only at the committee level, the county would be rewarded by winning the race for the hospitality tax in the county’s growing, busy panhandle. Striking early in order to get half later seems worth the push.

  • Art with class

    From Release

    Lancaster-based sculptor Bob Doster recently installed a student-made metal sculpture at Duncan Elementary School in Spartanburg. The circular design utilized student self-portraits standing beside each other. 

    Doster was the artist in residence at the school as part of Chapman Cultural Center’s Arts Advantage program.

  • Downtown fixture in flux

    Step into Craig Mathis’ store on Lancaster’s Main Street, and you’ll see a business shedding its old skin and becoming new again. 

    A shrinking clearance corner with stilettos and sequined gowns is being overtaken by a larger selection of tuxedos and a growing assortment of computers, cell phones and tablets awaiting repair.

  • McCoy plan plagiarizes N.C. report

    Nearly all of the “Strategic Operations Plan Proposal” on Lancaster County sheriff candidate William McCoy’s Facebook page was lifted directly from a document published by a North Carolina police department.

  • Fourth suspect charged in murder of Randy Tran

    A fourth man has been arrested in the murder of 20-year-old Randy Tran of Fort Mill, whose body was found April 5 off Little River Trail in Indian Land.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators, deputies and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents arrested Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, 22, 4668 Tam Lane, about 6:30 a.m. Monday at a home on Mountain Ridge Court, which is less than a mile from where Tran’s body was found.  

  • Sims Foundation awards $503,454 to 12 nonprofits

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has awarded community grants totaling $503,454 to 12 different organizations.

    “We are proud to support the nonprofit community in Lancaster, Great Falls and Fort Lawn,” says President Susan DeVenny. “These awards support health, education and wellness projects and services designed to build and sustain a high quality of life in the foundation giving area.”

    The foundation’s grant recipients are:

  • Argument over toothbrush ends in fight with officer

    A man faces multiple charges after allegedly trying to hit a city police officer Thursday afternoon.

    Christopher Andre Curry, 48, of 1595 Springdale Road, was arrested about 3:30 p.m. at a home on Willow Oak Circle. He was charged with third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and threatening the life of a public official.

  • Inside a thrift-store box, WWII love story unfolds

    This is a story about a small mystery solved, about a sliver of Lancaster County's military history finding its way to the people who care about it most.

    Last August, Sue Smuda of Lancaster found an octagonal, wooden box with pink flower décor at a Lancaster thrift shop. After glancing inside, she purchased the box and placed it decoratively on her front porch.  

    Months later, her daughter, Abigale, discovered the letters inside.

  • Film crew shooting at Forty Acre Rock

    KERSHAW – An independent film crew from Winthrop University has been at Forty Acre Rock Nature Preserve since Friday filming scenes for its production of author Dustin Michael Hoffman’s short story “Touching in Texas.” 

    When the script called for a backdrop that’s rocky and arid with low brush and trees and no cacti, Forty Acre Rock provided the perfect setting, said director Chris O’Neill.

  • 2 more charged in IL murder

    Two more men were arrested Friday in the murder of Fort Mill student Randy Tran, whose body was dumped in Indian Land Tuesday evening.

    The arrests came a day after the primary suspect in the case, David Antonio Kucinski, was arrested at a Charlotte hotel.

    Chris Dawan Glass Jr., 22, of Fort Mill and Tony Eugene Maynard, 21, of Indian Land were arrested Friday morning at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said in a statement.