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Emergency center does double duty

By Greg Summers

Most Election Days, the three phones in the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office ring non-stop.


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Steve Harper tops Kathy Sistare in District 5 County Council race by 288 votes

Council chairwoman loses re-election bid

By Chris Sardelli

Steve Harper was fast asleep early Wednesday morning when he awoke to a good-news phone call – he had won the Lancaster County Council District 5 seat.

It was about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 7, when a supporter let Harper, a Republican, know he had clinched the council seat by 288 votes, defeating Democratic incumbent Kathy Sistare. 

“It was a relief,” Harper said Wednesday afternoon. 


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Norrell is the first woman to hold District 44 seat

‘A sign of the times’

Mandy Powers Norrell sees her victory Tuesday, Nov. 6, as part of a trend of more women immersing themselves in politics. 


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Harris unseats Blackmon-Brace on City Council

By Jesef Williams

One of Lancaster City Council’s most outspoken members has been unseated.

Jackie Harris, seeking elected office for the first time, defeated Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace in Tuesday’s District 3 race.

Harris won 312 of the 562 votes cast, or 55 percent. Blackmon-Brace collected 250 votes.

Among the five voting precincts, the results were as follows:

– Lancaster East: Harris – 115 votes, Blackmon-Brace – 41 votes


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Springs Memorial Hospital

Springs Memorial Hospital names Dabney as new CEO

Janice C. Dabney has been named chief executive officer for Springs Memorial Hospital. Dabney, who has been an employee of the hospital since 1966 and served as assistant chief executive officer since 1983, brings experience and passion to her new role, hospital officials say.


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Incumbent garners 70 percent of vote

Garris keeps City Council 4 seat

By Jesef Williams

Tamara Green Garris is looking forward to serving another four years as the District 4 representative on Lancaster City Council.

Garris defeated challenger Jean Cureton in Tuesday’s election, garnering 70 percent of the 395 votes cast.

In the Lancaster East precinct, Garris collected 108 votes compared to 27 for Cureton. In Lancaster West, Garris had 66 votes and Cureton had 34.

Among the absentee votes, Garris had 104 and Cureton had 56.


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Man pulls knife at Walmart

By Chris Sardelli

A Walmart employee received a shock Monday, Nov. 5, when a man pulled out a knife after he was confronted for shoplifting. 

Police were called to Walmart, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass, at 3:37 p.m. about a report of a shoplifting incident earlier that day involving a weapon, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

An employee told officers that at about 11 a.m., a shift manager called him for help with a older man suspected of stealing steaks from the meat department. 


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DOR: Businesses can apply for permits in two to three weeks

Panhandle carries measure on Sunday alcohol sales

By Reece Murphy

Final election numbers on Lancaster County’s ballot measure regarding Sunday alcohol sales at local restaurants show Indian Land voters played a major role in the measure's approval.

According to final vote tallies, Lancaster County residents overall approved the measure by a 16-percent margin with 18,526 votes for the proposal and 13,412 against. 


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Two men hurt in Miller Street shooting

By Chris Sardelli

A police investigation continues into two Lancaster men who were injured during a shooting at a home late Saturday night, Nov. 3. 

Officers found the two men after they responded at 9:54 p.m. to reports of shots fired in the 500 block of Miller Street, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release. 

When they arrived, officers saw several people carrying an apparent gunshot victim to a vehicle parked in a nearby driveway. The 18-year-old man had injuries to his back, the release said.  


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Man leads police on car chase

A Mount Croghan man was arrested on a multitude of charges moments after leading police on a car chase through the streets of downtown Lancaster on Friday, Nov. 2. 

Lancaster police officers arrested Khalfani Butler, 34, on charges of driving under suspension third offense, wrong way on a one way road, reckless driving, failure to stop for police, operating uninsured and resisting arrest, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 


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