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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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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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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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Council considers tax relief for L&C Railroad

By Chris Sardelli

A plan to reduce taxes by thousands of dollars for L&C Railroad received unanimous first approval at Lancaster County Council’s Nov. 12 meeting, though council members still have several questions about the proposal. 

Council voted during the meeting to approve first reading of two ordinances related to the Lancaster & Chester Railroad, including one to place the company in a joint industrial and business park and another to approve special source revenue credits for the company. 


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BMS students rally to help HOPE

By Greg Summers

The outcome of the annual football clash between Clemson and the University of South Carolina may not be decided until late Saturday, but one winner has already been named, and that’s HOPE in Lancaster.


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Authorities arrest Van Wyck men on drug, weapons charges

By Greg Summers

VAN WYCK – Two men are spending Thanksgiving behind bars after authorities seized crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia, electronic surveillance equipment and several firearms from two homes about 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.


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No arrests in Heath Springs shooting

By Chris Sardelli

HEATH SPRINGS – Authorities are searching for a group of men who may be involved in the shooting of a man Friday night, Nov. 16.

Deputies found the victim about 9 p.m. in a home along Mount Carmel Road in Heath Springs, after responding to a report of a shooting, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

The man suffered what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the arm, the release said.  


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Merita part of Hostess closing

By Greg Summers

When it comes to storied Southern traditions, a loaf of Merita Old Fashioned Bread ranks near the top of the list, right along side baseball, hot dogs and apple pie.


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