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Today's News

  • Man killed in shooting

    Police are investigating the shooting death of a Lancaster man late Sunday night, March 3, in what has become the county’s third murder of 2013.

    Kenneth Jeffery Blanding, 36, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. Outside a home in the 400 block of Miller Street, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome late Monday afternoon.

    Broome said Blanding’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

  • Thomas & Betts announces expansion

    Lancaster’s Thomas & Betts will undergo a major expansion that's expected to create more jobs at its plant at 3468 Old Camden Highway (off Kershaw Camden Highway, just south of the Elgin community).

    The company, which makes steel power transmission structures, will add shifts in order to meet increased demands for its products, according to a media release issued Monday, March 4.

  • A.R. Rucker teams are big winners

    Perfection is a major challenge to attain, but a pair of A.R. Rucker Middle School teams did so during the 2012-13 basketball season.
    The Rucker girls and boys teams each posted an unbeaten record during the recently completed middle school basketball campaign.
    Each team went 12-0 for the season, a first in school history.
    Rams athletic director Brett Blackmon noted three key reasons in the teams’ success.
    “One, we had a great group of kids,” Blackmon said. “Number two, we had two great coaches.

  • Republicans working for a safer Lancaster

    In our January column, we talked about the need to prioritize public safety in Lancaster County. Recent events remind us there is still more to be done and Lancaster Republicans are working to make positive contributions toward supporting those who work to keep our county’s communities and neighborhoods safer.

  • Women in the News

    Jones honored by Democratic Party
    Clara Jones, Lancaster County Democratic Party chairwoman, was one of 50 people across South Carolina recently honored by the S.C. Democratic Party.

  • 'Right where I'm supposed to be'

    When Julie Walters interviewed for the job of executive director at the Pregnancy Care Center last year, she felt hesitant and a little unsure that she was in the right place, in terms of her purpose in life. After just two days on the job, however, Walters would encounter a situation that provided all the confirmation she needed to know that she was right where she was supposed to be.

  • Comporium suffers e-mail issues

    A “SPAM tsunami” is how one Comporium Communications customer described the company’s e-mail problem this week.

    Glenn McFadden, Comporium’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the problem started Monday.

    The problem was caused by hackers.

    According to McFadden, hackers are always trying to get into the Comporium system, just like they do with government systems and other businesses.

  • IL awards supports Hi Kee

    Steele Hill Community Partners Inc. is starting a new tradition this month with a fundraiser dedicated to honoring Indian Land residents who have made an impact on the community.

    The inaugural Making a Difference Community Awards luncheon is 11:30 a.m. March 16 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway.

    Proceeds from the event will be used to support Steele Hill Community Partners’ Hi Kee Summer Enrichment Program.

  • Accident flips truck

    Despite appearances, no one was seriously injured in a dramatic accident about 6:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the intersection of Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) and Shiloh Unity Road north of Lancaster.

    Several witnesses on the scene said a semi-truck heading south on U.S. 521 hauling a dump trailer ran the red light and struck a 1997 Toyota pickup truck as it pulled into the intersection after leaving the Raceway Express gas station.

  • Man arrested after holding woman at gunpoint, shooting TV

    A tense standoff with deputies ended with the arrest of an Indian Land man early Thursday, Feb. 28, after he allegedly fired a gun into a television and held a woman at gunpoint inside his home.

    Christopher Jason Guffey, 40, 514 Marvin Road, was charged with first-degree assault and battery, kidnapping and pointing and presenting a firearm, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.