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  • 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.

  • Officials advise caution after man approaches boy

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and school district are urging residents to be cautious after an unidentified man approached a 12-year-old boy Sunday afternoon.

  • 'Cakes aren't cakes anymore – they're art'

    Walking into Sylvia’s Cakes and Things off Kershaw Camden Highway is reminiscent of walking into your mother’s kitchen. The warm, cluttered bakery has a homey warmth and a sweet, sugary aroma.
    Cakes are stacked all along the counter as the two master bakers responsible for the delicious scent are busy at work.
    Sylvia Hinson and Gail Hyatt, “the cake ladies,” have been working their magic in this same kitchen for 25 years.

  • Kirkland denied bond in Kershaw shooting

    Ka’Darius Aintwayn Kirkland was denied bond Friday in the May 10 shooting death of Vincent Barry Lambert Jr.
    The incident happened on Pine Ridge Drive near the Kershaw town limits.
    Kirkland is charged with Lambert’s murder and the attempted murder of Lambert’s girlfriend, Jody Holt, and their 4-year-old son.
    Sixth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Lisa Collins said at Friday’s 15-minute hearing that Holt and Lambert drove to Kershaw in Holt’s car that day to sell Kirkland a “substantial amount of marijuana.”

  • 2 get prison in drug cases

    A Kershaw man and Lancaster woman, who were both arrested last fall by the Lancaster County Drug Task Force, have been sentenced to prison on multiple drug-related charges.
    Johnny Collins, 52, of Kershaw, pleaded guilty on Monday to distribution of oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of crack cocaine and possession of a controlled substance. He had no prior drug convictions, according to a Sixth Circuit Solicitor’s Office press release.

  • Indian Land Christmas parade set for Dec. 8

    After many attempts over the years, Indian Land is finally about to achieve one of the benchmarks of community building – its own Christmas parade.
    The marching, float-riding and ringing in of the season is set for 3 p.m. Dec. 8. It will start on River Road and turn onto the service road that runs behind Indian Land High and Middle schools, ending behind IL Elementary.

  • Agonizing new details in death of 3-year-old

    Wrenching courtroom testimony Friday revealed new details in the death of Lilly Schroeder, and clues to the defense strategy for Kayla Marie Cook, who is charged with killing the 3-year-old last December.
    “According to the autopsy, this child was beat to death and there was only one person in that house,” Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said at Cook’s 65-minute bond hearing. “This is not a case of whodunit.”

  • Decision time on animal shelter

    After more than two years of planning, county leaders will vote Monday night on replacing the cramped, outdated animal shelter on Lynwood Drive with a modern facility whose price tag has grown significantly from earlier estimates.
    “We’ve had lots of people working on this for a long time, and I’m pleased to see the process get to this point,” said Lancaster County Council member Larry Honeycutt, who has led the charge to build the shelter.

  • Habitat event raises more than $15,000

    Performers brought some toe-tapping good times to USC Lancaster Saturday night for Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County’s sixth-annual Bluegrass, Barbecue and Building fundraiser. 

    The BBB event raised over $15,000, topping the amount raised last year, said Nita Brown, executive director of the local Habitat chapter.