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  • Celebrating Perry Clanton’s huge health kick

    After a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, Perry Clanton decided it was time to take his health seriously, and he managed to lose nearly 100 pounds in less than two years.
    Clanton was honored for his accomplishments at a surprise 54th birthday party Friday at Buford Volunteer Fire Department, where he is assistant fire chief. Since his  diagnosis in 2015, Clanton has lived a much healthier lifestyle that has even rubbed off on many of his friends, family members and fellow firefighters.

  • Breanna Lewis hearing closed to the public

    CHERAW – A preliminary hearing in the alleged murder of an 11-month-old Chesterfield child was closed to the public Wednesday.
    Prosecutors requested that the hearing for Breanna Lewis, who faces a murder charge in the death of her daughter, Harlee, be closed to the public, saying the case is still under investigation and that pre-trial publicity could harm the case.
    Magistrate Judge Dianne Dyches closed the hearing.

  • Machine mishap severely injures Indian Land construction worker

    A 45-year-old construction worker was severely injured last week on a job in Indian Land, when the machine he was operating tipped over and severed one of his feet.
    The man was operating a compactor on Fort Mill Highway shortly before 2:30 p.m. last Thursday, when the machine began to overturn, according to Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue. The man tried to jump away from the machine, but its canopy hit his feet, cutting off one of them and injuring the other.

  • Law officers’ hall of fame picks ex-sheriff Williford Faile

    Williford Faile, who served for 28 years at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office – the last 13 as sheriff – has been inducted into the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame.
    “He’s deserving of that honor, for sure,” said Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant, whom Faile hired as a deputy about 25 years ago. “I’ve heard a lot about the great things he’s done. The most important thing to me is I know the dedication and commitment he had during the time I was there.”

  • Tough start to season without ‘Coach Mo’

    Several years ago, I was meandering around the football practice field beside Buford High School on a sweltering evening and overheard one of those conversations between a coach and a player that you never forget.
    Jeff Moyer, the Yellow Jackets’s defensive line coach, was stressing fundamentals at a team practice.
    And for whatever reason, one stubborn player wasn’t 100 percent sold on the concept.
    He continued to perform a drill as he saw fit, disregarding Coach Mo’s wise counsel, which in turn, led to a real teaching moment.

  • Sharonview FCU to relocate headquarters, add jobs

    INDIAN LAND — Sharonview Federal Credit Union is relocating its corporate headquarters within Lancaster County and plans to add scores of new jobs, the organization announced Wednesday.
    Sharonview’s President and CEO Bill Partin said the credit union will move from its current digs near the Redstone Ventures campus in Indian Land to new headquarters a little further south on U.S. 521 at the Edgewater Corporate Center.

  • Passenger in moving car shot in 16th Street incident

    A 21-year-old man was seriously wounded Sunday during a shooting in the 900 block of 16th Street in Lancaster’s Brooklyn neighborhood.
    The victim’s name has not yet been released, and no arrests had been made by press time Tuesday.
    Deputies were patrolling nearby Great Falls Highway around 7 p.m. when they heard gunfire, according to a statement from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    The deputies rushed to 16th Street on the south side of Brooklyn Avenue, and found fired shell casings there.

  • Cue the bullfrog…and…action!

    In a world plagued by a gigantic mutant bullfrog, a trio of pals in Cotton Springs, S.C., hunt the creature down, only to encounter adversaries even more deadly than their man-eating quarry.
    Can’t you just hear the trailer? With the late, great Don LaFontaine’s voice-over, of course.
    It’s for a sublimely silly B-movie, filmed entirely in Lancaster County with Lancaster-area actors by nascent local filmmaker Phillip Fleming.

  • Partying cops face blowback after tangling with deputies

    A number of Lancaster police officers are in hot water after a house party in Buford got out of hand and a responding sheriff’s patrol car ended up with a beer-soaked driver’s seat.
    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said the July 14 incident is being handled as a personnel matter and all comments will have to come from City Administrator Flip Hutfles.
    After a meeting at the police department late Tuesday, Hutfles said only: “We are not at liberty to discuss the matter, but appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”

  • College prank paralyzes IL man

    An apparent prank by two unknown strangers at a Virginia college campus has left Brandon Barnes, a 21-year-old ex-Indian Land High basketball player, unable to move his legs.
    Barnes just returned home after spending more than three months in a Norfolk hospital. He was injured March 29 while diving from a dock into shallow water at Old Dominion University’s sailing center.
    He has regained the ability to breathe on his own and can now move his shoulders and his left arm, but still has no dexterity in the arm or any feeling in his legs.