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  • Kickoff event: Scholarships will reward service to our communities

    Get ready for some sun, fun, barbeque and volleyball this Sunday, as the new Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation hosts its first Teachers Volleyball Brawl fundraiser at Andrew Jackson High School.
    Foundation President Debora Gardner is asking the community to get behind the innovative scholarship fund, which will reward community service, rather than focusing on academics or athletics.

  • New school opens with old name

    The new school just built in Lancaster County School District has an old name.
    Van Wyck Elementary, set to open to students Aug. 20 despite major delays, will be the third school named after the once-bustling railroad community well known for its brick manufacturing.
    Settled in the 1750s, Van Wyck was named by the wife of a Seaboard Railroad official in 1887. Before that, the area was called by three different names – Cocheeco, Little Waxhaw and Heaths.  

  • Ex-cop charged with beating his wife to death in late 2016

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – A former York and Columbia police officer and Chester County sheriff’s dispatcher has been charged with murder in the 2016 death of his wife.
    James Harold “Jamie” Baldwin Jr., 58, was arrested late Tuesday after the Chester Grand Jury indicted him in the beating death of Judy Orr Baldwin.

  • Reid Pointe voters to decide on special tax for road fixes

    INDIAN LAND – Voters in the Reid Pointe subdivision off S.C. 160 will have one more question on their Nov. 6 election ballots than everyone else, but it’s a question they’re ready to get answered.
    County council unanimously approved a resolution Monday that allows Reid Pointe residents to decide if they should create a special tax district and borrow up to $700,000 to pay for street repairs to get the subdivision’s roads brought up to standard and accepted into the county system.

  • Walnut Creek Trail segment reopened

    After being closed a week for repairs, a segment of the Walnut Creek Trail in Indian Land has been reopened for public use, according to Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Director Hal Hiott.
    For safety reasons, Hiott closed part of the trail last month after a dangerous hole formed under a boardwalk on the trail in the Walnut Creek subdivision, located at the southern end of Indian Land.
    “We are back in business and trail (is) open,” Hiott said by email.

  • Backhoe rodeo champ

    After two decades of trying, Lancaster’s David Knight has ascended to heavy-equipment heaven, winning the state backhoe rodeo last week on a crowded downtown Greenville street.
    Knight, 46, is the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District’s sewer-construction foreman. He has worked at the district for 18 years, and before that he was a backhoe operator for the city of Lancaster.
    “I’ve placed in the regionals and state before, but this is this first time I’ve won,” said Knight, who now heads to the national championship.

  • Grace Clyburn at 100: ‘Life has been good’

    On Aug. 8, Grace Truesdale Clyburn, known to many in Kershaw as “the Dodd’s lady,” reached 100 years old.
    And if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, her new great-grandson, Baker Lewis Gunn, was born on the same day – a fitting birthday present for someone whose family is so important to her.
    “I have been blessed all my life,” Clyburn said Tuesday. “I have a good family. I was brought up in a good family. Things just have been real good for me. Life has been good to me.”

  • Sheriff’s office lists unclaimed property

    Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office often come across unclaimed, lost or abandoned property during the course of their duties.
    Under county policy, when a deputy takes possession of such property, it is placed into evidence for safekeeping.   
    The office works to identify owners and reunite them with their property. 
    After a 90-day period and exhausting all reasonable efforts to find legal property owners, the sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the items.

  • No mechanism for deporting Borbonio after earlier arrests

    Abel Olivo Borbonio, an undocumented immigrant charged with reckless homicide in the Aug. 4 death of a Lancaster man, was not deported after several earlier arrests because the federal program that flagged him for removal last week did not exist yet.
    Borbonio, 42, was picked up from the Lancaster County Detention Center by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) on Aug. 7, after he was charged with driving without a license and paid a $2,500 bond.

  • Impact fees could help pay for IL’s growth spurt

    Call it the high price of bringing development to the Panhandle.
    County leaders will move forward on rolling out impact fees on new construction in the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Indian Land and Pleasant Valley fire districts to relieve the strain on the county coffers and help pay for the ever-increasing capital needs in those areas.