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Sowell wants to first gauge public response

Heath Springs Town Council delays decision on smoking ordinance

HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs officials will wait to see how the county’s new anti-smoking ordinance is received before they take any action on the measure.

Last month, Lancaster County Council adopted an ordinance to ban smoking inside all public-access places, including bars and restaurants.

The measure, though, only applies to unincorporated areas, as Lancaster County’s three municipalities will have to approve their own ordinances for the ban to truly be countywide.


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County receives good audit

By Chris Sardelli

Following years of solid financial reports, Lancaster County once again received a good rating during this year’s annual audit.

Sheila Morgan, a CPA with accounting firm McAbee Talbert Halliday & Co., presented the audit results at the Lancaster County Council meeting on  Dec. 10. Morgan issued the county an unqualified “clean” opinion, meaning it was in good financial shape.

“We’re pleased to say we encountered no difficulties during the audit,” Morgan said.


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Dr. Richard Wescoat, former Lancaster physician passes away at age of 89

By Michele Roberts

Dr. Richard Wescoat, a general practitioner whose career spanned more than 50 years, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the age of 89.


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Sherrin updates County Council on LARS

By Chris Sardelli

Two weeks after the kick-off of the Lancaster Area Ride Service‘s  (LARS) new county-wide public transportation system, Lancaster County Council heard an update on the new operation.


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Firefighters contain yard debris blaze on Cauthen Street in Heath Springs

By Reece Murphy

HEATH SPRINGS –Firefighters from two volunteer fire departments and the state forestry commission contained a grass fire on Cauthen Street on Sunday, Dec. 23 that burned through two yards and threatened the woods near a home.


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Police investigate armed robbery

By Chris Sardelli

Investigators are sorting out the details of a possible armed robbery of a pedestrian that happened Wednesday night, Dec. 19. 

Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the robbery happened near the intersection of Wylie and Barr streets. 

Grant said investigators interviewed at least eight people on Thursday about the case. 


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Lewellen uses literacy day to teach acceptance and awareness

Miss North Greenville visits Brooklyn Springs Elementary

By Michele Roberts

Brooklyn Springs Elementary School welcomed a special guest to celebrate International Reading Day.


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Faulkenberry Christmas basket total now at $6,030

By Greg Summers

For many in Lancaster County, supporting the annual Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund has become a custom each holiday season.

“What’s so special is those who, year after year, step up to help and honor and remember their loved ones for a great cause,” said Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively), which oversees the effort.

Adkins cited a recent donation to the fund that provides food for hurting families each Christmas season as an example. The drive is in its 53rd year.


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Susan DeVenny raised in quiet Connecticut town

Community reacts to Newtown shooting

By Reece Murphy

On Friday, Dec. 14, the nation reeled in horror at news of the tragedy that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., when a mentally ill man forced his way inside and murdered 20 children and six adults trying to protect them.


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Outgoing County Council members look back

By Chris Sardelli

The memories of meetings long since past swirled about the historic courthouse earlier this month as three Lancaster County Council members said their goodbyes.

Sharing food, laughs, hugs and remembrances with a large group of family and friends, outgoing council members Kathy Sistare, Rudy Carter and Cotton Cole were all recognized during a drop-in event Dec. 10.

After saying a few words about each member, Councilman Larry Honeycutt presented each with a plaque, some adorned with ceremonial gavels, to thank them for their service.


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