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Ordinance takes effect in March

Municipalities must now approve smoking ban

By Chris Sardelli

While Lancaster County Council decided this week to snuff out smoking in enclosed public spaces, residents will have three months to prepare before the penalties go into effect. 

Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis is hoping to educate residents and business owners about the specifics of the newly approved ordinance. 

Though it technically went into effect Monday night, Nov. 26, Willis said its penalties aren’t enforceable until March 1, 2013. 


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Butt out: County Council passes smoking ordinance by 4-2 margin

By Chris Sardelli

Smokers beware – there’s a new ordinance in town. 

Following months of heated debates, enforceability concerns and secondhand smoke statistics, Lancaster County Council approved final reading Monday night, Nov. 26, of a countywide smoking ordinance by a vote of 4-2. 

Councilmen Jack Estridge and Cotton Cole opposed the ordinance, and Larry McCullough was absent from the meeting. 


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Yow protests results in S.C. House 53 election

Republican Richie Yow has filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the Nov. 6 election for the S.C. House District 53 seat. 


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Educator, community leader Mary Mackey Robertson dies

A life of service

By Reece Murphy

Some people are remembered for a single accomplishment that defines their life, but Lancaster County educator Mary Best Mackey Robertson will be remembered for how she lived.


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New patrol cars bring sheriff’s office into 21st century

Sleek Look – Deputies get a charge from chargers

By Chris Sardelli

At first glance, it looks as if Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Caleb Graffam has borrowed the keys to one of James Bond’s high-tech speedsters.


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Jackie Craine’s mother gets custody of granddaughter

By Jesef Williams

  


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Man arrested for robbery

By Chris Sardelli

A brawl that left a man bloodied and beaten ended with the arrest of a Lancaster man on several charges last week. 

Dequincey Rashad Montgomery, 26, 502 Chesterfield Ave., was arrested Nov. 19, on charges of strong armed robbery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and entering premises after warning, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

Officers discovered the assault just after 10 p.m. after responding to a fight in progress at a home in the 1800 block of Pardue Street, at Palmetto Place Apartments.


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Those who labor behind the scenes a treasure for all seasons

HOPE volunteers help the hurting

By Sherry Archie

Each day, it takes HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster 15 volunteers to make the agency flow and keep the doors open.

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A faith-based, nonprofit volunteer-driven organization, HOPE provides short-term emergency assistance for those in crisis.

While they assist with utilities, mortgages, rent and food, they also provide a shoulder for hurting families to lean on.

That means its 75 unified volunteers stay plenty busy behind the scenes, especially this time of year.

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City Council votes not to consolidate with county system

City’s 911 center to stand alone

By Jesef Williams

The city of Lancaster will not be consolidating its 911 center with Lancaster County.

After a closed-door session at its Nov. 13 meeting, Lancaster City Council voted 6-1 to maintain its stand-alone 911 dispatch center, housed at the Municipal Justice Center on East Arch Street.

Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace cast the lone dissenting vote.


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Resident launch effort to change IL ZIP code

By Reece Murphy

A Panhandle resident with a Lancaster address is exploring an effort to have her neighborhood and others incorporated into Indian Land’s 29707 ZIP code.

Jan Tacy lives in Walnut Creek, a neighborhood located off Jim Wilson Road near the state line.

Tacy and the other 68 homeowners in Walnut Creek have Lancaster addresses ending in a 29720 ZIP code. Most homes, and all nearby neighborhoods, such as Carolina Reserve on the north side of Jim Wilson Road and Belair farther west, have an Indian Land ZIP code.


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