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Today's News

  • Happy birthday to all of you!

    A Pageland couple got a very happy birthday surprise on Tuesday, April 2, and Springs Memorial Hospital has a new event to add to their history books.

    Carl and Lagana Blakeney share the same birthday, April 2, and while that isn’t unusual, the birth of their daughter, Lacaria, on the same day, is.

  • Avoiding the treadmill cycle

    I was at a local gym the other day and noticed a sign on the wall. The sign read, “One hour of exercise is four percent of your day.”  

    That made me think; if we’re doing the exercise wrong, what percentage will we end up with? To gauge that from an efficient and exercise productivity stand point, I would say zero percent.

  • Injured vet can't walk . . . but he can ride

    INDIAN LAND – American hero Jonathan Alan Roberts returned home from the War on Terror in August 2005. But for Roberts, the real battle of his life had just begun, one he continues to fight every day of his life.  

    Roberts, who joined the U.S. Army in summer 2002 as a Special Forces candidate, was deployed to Iraq with the 18th Airborne Corps following school and training at Forts Benning and Bragg.

  • 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. 

  • Men try apparent scam at Publix supermarket

    Deputies are looking for two men who unsuccessfully tried to buy a slew of gift cards at an Indian Land supermarket late last month in a possible scam.

    Employees at Publix, 8360 Charlotte Highway, called 911 about 5:30 p.m. March 22, to report that two men tried to buy goods under false pretenses, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Lady Lancers take 3 wins

    The University of South Carolina Lady Lancers softball team took three of four games from USC Salkehatchie in games played April 6-7.

    USCL captured the nightcap on April 7 with a 10-7 win.