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Today's News

  • ADs pleased with action

     

       

    County high school athletic directors are confident action taken at the annual S.C. High School League convention of athletic directors and principals will be key in keeping the state’s governing body of high school athletics intact.

  • Lady Lancers net one win at Pitt CC

     

       

    The University of South Carolina Lady Lancers’ softball team took one win in four games with the Pitt Community College Lady Bulldogs on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17.

  • Judge denies self-defense motion

    The Lancaster man charged last year in the killing of a former professional baseball player had his motion for self defense dismissed this week.

    Derrick McIlwain, 38, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Brooks Goldsmith in General Sessions court on Thursday, March 21, to see if he could avoid prosecution on the grounds of the “Castle Doctrine.”

    That law justifies use of deadly force when a person feels his or her life is threatened.

    McIlwain is charged with murder for the Feb. 7, 2012, shooting death of Danny Clyburn Jr.

  • Judge grants bond to Gleason

    There will be no prom night. No college. Not even a first day of school.

    Wanda Chilson listed those events as signature moments her step-granddaughter will never experience. It’s hard for her to cope with the loss of a 5-year-old who was “full of sweetness and goodness.”

    That child – Soren Victoria Chilson – died March 5 as a result of what authorities say was head trauma.

  • Deputies seize sweepstakes machines

    Lancaster County deputies have seized sweepstakes machines across the county in the past two weeks, making good on a notice Sheriff Barry Faile gave businesses last month.

    In February, Faile gave fair warning to owners of the recently outlawed machines to remove the devices from their premises voluntarily during a two-week grace period, or “Take your chances.”

  • Power of the people evident in Indian Land

    In the last few issues, we reported stories where local residents’ vocal opposition to plans resulted in the scrapping of those plans – first with the proposed moving of the Indian Land recycling/convenience center from Jim Wilson Road to Shelley Mullis Road and then with a requested rezoning of two acres at Collins and Henry Harris roads.
    The public outcry over moving the recycling/convenience center got an added boost from the fact that Lancaster County planned to move the site next to the Deputy Roy Hardin Park, where the county owns additional land.

  • Girls on a mission

    GREAT FALLS – They want to go to a One Direction concert.

    The girls are in awe of the English-Irish boy band based in London.

    Instead of asking their parents for money for the concert tickets, the girls put their heads together to find ways to raise their own money.

    Haley Albert, 12, Isabella Davis, 12, Lydia Mills, 13, and Breanna Burchett, 13, have solicited help from their mothers in their fundraising efforts.

  • Kershaw elects Connell to council

    KERSHAW – The second time was the charm for Jody Connell.

    The Kershaw resident bested his two opponents to win the District 3 seat in the town’s election Tuesday, March 19. That district runs north to south, covering key roads such as Richland, Stevens and Church streets.

    Connell received 38 (just over 53 percent) of the 71 votes cast Tuesday.

    Charles Stroud got 24 votes (34 percent) and  William “Bill” Walters II got nine (13 percent).

  • School board approves intent to award IL elementary school contract

    Lancaster County school board members tentatively approved acceptance of a bid for construction of Indian Land’s new elementary school during its Tuesday, March 19, meeting.

    The new school, which will be built on Harrisburg Road in Indian Land, is intended to serve students in the county’s densely populated northern tip.

    District officials hope to break ground on the new campus in mid-April for an August 2014 opening.

  • ‘Time is muscle’

    A grant that will fund almost a half-million dollars in equipment for local medics could mean the difference between life and death for critical patients.

    The $490,000 grant, recently awarded to the county by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will cover the costs of several state-of-the-art cardiac monitors and laptop computers, all in an effort to speed up response times and treatment for county residents, said Lancaster County Emergency Medical Service Director Clay Catoe.