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  • Smith, Norrell crisscross county

    INDIAN LAND – The campaign trail brought S.C. Democratic gubernatorial candidate James Smith back to Lancaster County on Thursday – and he hit it hard.
    Smith and his lieutenant-governor running mate, state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster, spent the entire day crisscrossing the county. It was a bid to shore up votes in what they called an ever-tightening race against Smith’s GOP opponent, Gov. Henry McMaster.
    “We’re going to win this race,” Smith told a crowd at Sun City Carolina Lakes.

  • 'Thank you, thank you, thank you'

    Brandon Barnes couldn’t stop smiling last weekend, accepting well-wishes from the 250 people who attended a fundraising basketball tournament at Indian Land High School to help with his medical expenses.
    “Thank you for everyone coming out and supporting me,” Barnes said in a Facebook post after Saturday’s tournament. “It’s good to see I have a good community and family to help me through this hard time in my life.
    “It’s good to know I don’t have to go through this by myself.”

  • Hey sis, I'm home

    News reporters and cameras lined the walls of a South Middle School math class Wednesday morning, but the sixth graders had been told that the story was about their teacher.
    Then Army PFC Corey Whitley stepped through the door in crisp camouflage fatigues. He scanned the desks and settled on a blonde girl with her face buried in classwork.
    Hannah Price looked up to see the smiling soldier everyone was staring at, and her jaw dropped. She locked eyes with him, the shock freezing her where she sat.

  • Austin Steele shot himself by accident, defense says

    More gruesome details emerged from court testimony Wednesday in the February killing and dismemberment of Austin Steele, as investigators recounted defendant Chris Holford’s side of the story and his attorney laid out a possible defense strategy.
    Holford told investigators in March that Steele begged for his life, lying conscious and gasping for air in a bathtub for hours before finally dying from a gunshot wound, according to testimony at Wednesday's preliminary hearing.

  • Man who approached boy on bike identified, not charged

    INDIAN LAND – The man who approached a bike-riding child Sunday in the Walnut Creek subdivision has been identified by law enforcement and will not be charged.
    A Wednesday release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says investigators have talked with the man and he is not the same person identified in recent social media posts.

  • McCorkle’s ‘The Buddy Plan’ finally published

    Thirty years ago, Vietnam War veteran Don McCorkle started pulling together ideas for his book “The Buddy Plan,” which was finally published last month.
    The book comprises a collection of stories of significance to the author’s life, including the story of his childhood friend Jacky Bayne, with whom he signed up for the Army in 1966.
    “It’s one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever known,” McCorkle said.

  • 'Come on in, the water's fine'

    Spring Hill Baptist Church went back to its roots Sunday with a good old-fashioned baptism in the church’s outdoor baptism pool in the middle of the woods.
    The structure, originally built in 1955, hadn’t been used in 32 years.
    Spring Hill’s preacher Brad Threatt was eager to get to the baptism part of the service Sunday. Sunday school was bumped up to 9:30, the church service was at 10:30, and the hour-long baptism service began at 11.

  • Queen of the soil pit

    A year ago, Anna Scott knew nothing about the discipline of dissecting dirt.
    Now she’s the world champion.
    Scott, 22, a graduate of Lancaster High School and Clemson University, won first place among 48 individual competitors from eight countries at the Third International Soil Judging Contest this month in Seropédica, Brazil.

  • Motorcycle wreck on 903 kills Chester man

    A Chester man was killed in a motorcycle wreck on S.C. 903 Tuesday morning and a Chester woman was severely injured.
    Sammy Bland, 42, died as a result his injuries, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, Bland and Angela Nicole Starnes, 27, were riding along S.C. 903, about 6 miles west of Jefferson, around 7 a.m. Tuesday when their motorcycle went off the highway and down an embankment. Both victims were thrown from the bike, and neither was wearing a helmet.

  • Animal shelter gets unanimous OK

    Lancaster County Council voted unanimously Monday night to build a new animal shelter on Pageland Highway at a cost of up to $2.8 million.
    If the construction schedule goes according to plan, the facility will open in November 2019.
    “I can’t wait to shovel some dirt and get this thing under way,” said council member Larry Honeycutt, who has been pushing the project for two years.