Local News

  • Spree of car break-ins in Indian Land

    A flurry of 911 calls kept deputies busy investigating a rash of car break-ins in the Panhandle early Tuesday, April 10.

    A 911 dispatcher received the first call at 6:26 a.m., one of 13 separate pleas from residents who woke up to find their cars rifled through and belongings stolen.

    Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said deputies were constantly being dispatched to the northern end of the county as car owners discovered something was amiss inside their vehicles.

    “It was one right after another for awhile there,” Shaw said.

  • Sheheen to run for governor

    In 2010, Vincent Sheheen lost the South Carolina governor’s race to Nikki Haley by the slimmest of margins – 51.4 percent to 47 percent.

    The Democrat senator from Camden, who represents a portion of Lancaster County in the S.C. General Assembly, announced Wednesday, April 10, that he is once again running for governor of the Palmetto State.

    Sheheen, who has represented the state’s 27th District since 2004, is the first candidate from any party to officially announce a bid for governor.   

  • Red Ventures breaks ground on new building

    INDIAN LAND – Red Ventures co-founders Ric Elias and Dan Feldstein said attracting, appreciating and taking care of the company’s talent is the secret to its success, and they’re doing exactly that with the company’s new employee amenities building.

    Elias’ comments came during a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, April 11, for the new four-story, 180,000-square-foot building, the third structure on Red Ventures’ 33-acre headquarters complex in Indian Land’s 521 Corporate Center Park.

  • Postal Service backtracks on plan to end Saturday delivery

    After announcing two months ago that it would end Saturday deliveries as a cost-cutting measure, the U.S. Postal Service is now backtracking on that decision.

    The postal service board of governors announced Wednesday, April 10, it would keep delivering mail six days a week after congressional action blocked that plan.

  • Table salt on envelope causes Comporium hazmat scare

    A pocketful of table salt had emergency responders in a tizzy outside the Comporium office near the intersection of Airport Road and Great Falls Highway (S.C. 200) on Wednesday morning, April 10. 

    After a search of the building and interviews with employees, the scene was secured and responders learned there was no emergency, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.

    “They cleaned up and cleared out,” Shaw said. “It wasn’t anything serious. It was table salt.”

  • Gleason now out on bond

    Phillip Bryan Gleason is no longer in jail.

    Gleason, who’s charged in the March 5 death of his girlfriend’s daughter, was released on bond April 1 from the Lancaster County Detention Center, according to a court-approved bond form.

    Brian Baker of 007 Bonding Co. posted the required $150,000 surety bond. The insurance company is Palmetto Surety of Charleston.

  • County’s B-3 talks get back on track

    Imagine a landscape of abandoned gas stations dotting the sides of U.S. 521, complete with shuttered windows and layers of spray-paint graffiti.

    That’s what Indian Land resident Pat Eudy is worried could eventually happen to the Panhandle if the county doesn’t revise its process for B-3 commercial zoning.

    Eudy was one of several residents to speak out at Lancaster County Council’s meeting Monday, April 8.

  • Pressley’s Recycling Center offers $50,000 reward for fire info

    INDIAN LAND – Pressley’s Recycling Center owner Ron Olsen is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, responsible for burning a piece of heavy equipment at his company in December.

    Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments responded to the business at 9531 Charlotte Highway just before midnight Dec. 9, 2012, in regards to what was originally believed to have been a brush fire.

  • City Council, staff treated to ethics session

    Can an elected official accept gifts? Under what circumstances must a council person not vote? Do they have to report all income?

    Such pervasive questions were brought to the forefront April 2 during an ethics training session at Lancaster City Hall.

    Cathy Hazelwood, general counsel for the S.C. State Ethics Commission, led the session, which was geared toward City Council members and city department heads.

    Hazelwood talked early on about potential family conflicts for council members.

  • House shot in possible drive-by

    A Lancaster woman and her boyfriend were shaken, but uninjured, after a possible drive-by shooting near their home March 18. 

    Officers were dispatched at about 10:30 p.m. to a home in the 100 block of Preston Lane after a 911 call about a drive-by shooting, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    A 911 dispatcher advised officers that no one was injured during the shooting and that no one saw the vehicle leave.