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Today's News

  • Beth Blum returns to LCSD, this time at Brooklyn Springs

    Beth Blum is back.
    The longtime Indian Land Elementary School principal, who retired in May, has changed her mind and will return to the school district as principal of Brooklyn Springs Elementary.
    “They gave me an opportunity to come back… so I did,” Blum said Thursday. “I’m glad to be here, and lots of teachers have already come over to see me. It’s a wonderful opportunity.
    “And I’m only 52. I’m too young to retire,” she joked.
    And the school district is happy to have her back.

  • Teen sought in Southside carjacking

    Authorities are looking for a teenager suspected of a June 10 carjacking in the Southside neighborhood.
    The Lancaster Police Department has issued arrest warrants charging Ny’Keithous Geormojhae Cunningham, 18, of 301 Dixon St., with carjacking and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. The sheriff’s office has also issued warrants charging Cunningham with two counts of pointing and presenting a firearm.

  • County holds ribbon-cutting on IL center

    INDIAN LAND – This delay can be blamed on the computers, or at least the lack of two at the county’s new Indian Land Service Center.
    The Lancaster County government satellite office will open on Monday June 18.
    But for the next month, only the engineering and stormwater departments will be operating in the new building, along with the auditor’s office on Tuesdays.

  • Tunnell defamation suit dismissed

    A judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit brought by the former president of the now-defunct Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. against the county, two county council members and a former member.
    In the June 6 ruling, Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons said the case brought by Keith Tunnell did not “set forth a single, identifiable statement” that was defamatory.

  • Dancing his way to LA

    In an empty dance studio Wednesday night, 13-year old P.J. Duncan leaps and spins across the floor, inspecting his form at every turn in the wall of mirrors.
    When the music starts, his movements take on a different quality, as the young dancer uses his art form to express the emotions of the song. This is called lyrical dance, and it is his favorite style.

  • Auto dealer Buddy Porter dies after fall

    Lancaster lost a well-known second-generation business owner Wednesday.
    Buddy Porter, owner of Porter’s Used Cars on S.C. 9 Bypass West, died at Springs Memorial Hospital from complications after falling and hitting his head, said daughter Mary Margaret Riester. He was 67.
    “He was our rock,” Riester said. “He was fun and loved his family, children and grandchildren, sons-in-law and daughter-in-law and fiancée.”

  • Mom charged with murdering 11-month-old

    Breanna Lewis has been charged with the murder of her 11-month-old daughter, Harlee, whose body was found discarded in Chesterfield County woods May 29.
    Lewis was charged Monday with murder/homicide by child abuse, which carries a penalty of 20 years to life. According to her arrest warrant, Lewis inflicted “non-accidental injuries” on Harlee that resulted in the child’s death.

  • Kershaw Town Hall getting new computers

    KERSHAW – A new computer system is coming to town hall, and property owners won’t face a tax increase to pay for it.
    Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted to take the money – $70,000 – from town reserves.
    “Sometimes, you have to get a bite of the apple as you go, and this is one of those times,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “Overall, the town is in good shape, and we did not want to raise taxes when we had the money in reserve.”

  • Borrowing life jackets on Duke Energy’s lakes

    Page Leggett
    Duke Energy Illumination

    Like a seatbelt, a life jacket has to be worn to be useful. Every summer, Scott Jolley goes on a mission to ensure that boaters and swimmers understand the importance of wearing a life jacket.
    Jolley runs Duke Energy’s free life jacket loan program in North Carolina and South Carolina. Life jacket loaner stations are at more than 20 locations at lakes, rivers and creeks, and Jolley’s team plans to add more each year.

  • IL man avoids dating-site scam

    A disabled Indian Land man almost fell victim to a dating-site scam involving a purported underage girl, a fake detective from Georgia and an ultimatum of $2,500 or jail time.
    The 24-year-old man has cognitive issues and kidney problems that require him to be on dialysis. His mother, whom he lives with, alerted deputies to the scam June 4, stating that her son had been on a dating website corresponding with a young woman he met named Amber until recently, when she told him she was only 15 or 16 years old.