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Government

  • Howard sworn in as Lancaster’s new police chief

    No empty seats were in sight. Visitors lined the walls inside council chambers, while dozens of others packed the lobby.
    Officials said they had never seen Lancaster City Hall more crowded before.
    Nearly 200 people came out Tuesday night for the swearing-in ceremony for four City Council members and Harlean Howard as the new police chief.
    Many of the people on hand were there to support Howard, who is the first woman to head the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Council looks back on ’10, forward on ’11

    Job announcements, the arrival of new businesses, improvements to fire insurance ratings, the collection of Census data and construction on two county courthouses were all issues that County Council dealt with in 2010.
    Several council members, as well as the county administrator, recently examined the county’s milestones and struggles from the past year, while casting an eye toward 2011.

  • Greg Gregory announces Senate run as Mobley steps aside

    Posted at 2:48 p.m.; updated 4:31 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011

  • School officials brace for more cuts

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore and board chairman Bobby Parker said the possibility of an even tighter district budget next fiscal year tops their list of concerns for 2011, though both are confident the district will adapt and overcome.
    The budget concerns come as the district prepares for the loss of federal stimulus money for fiscal year 2011-12 and uncertainty over future state funding.

  • Two people assaulted in separate incidents while delivering pizza

    A pizza delivery man was attacked and robbed as he made a delivery on New Year’s Day.
    Lancaster police officers spoke with a Domino’s Pizza delivery man outside a Ruth Street house Saturday who had been hit repeatedly in the face. The man had a large cut on the lower part of his jaw and was bleeding profusely, a department incident report said.

  • County to save money with website overhaul

    Technology moves at a fast pace and Jeffery Naftal wants to make sure Lancaster County isn’t left behind.
    Naftal, deputy county administrator, has been working with county staff to find ways to improve the county’s website. Naftal presented his ideas at Lancaster County Council’s Dec. 13 meeting.
    “The improvements we have been seeking include the look and utility of the site itself, as well as its reliability and ease of use for staff to update information on the site,” Naftal said in a memo.

  • Plan calls for modifying Mining Road Landfill

    The details behind a cryptic county ordinance were revealed last week, as county officials announced preliminary plans for a county landfill.
    At a special meeting Wednesday, County Council unanimously approved final reading of the ambiguously named Project December, an economic development ordinance that was fast-tracked through a number of special council meetings over the last few weeks.
    Council unanimously approved the first two readings of the ordinance at special meetings on Dec. 17 and Dec. 21.

  • Senate race gets more crowded

    The filing period has started for political hopefuls looking to become the area’s newest state senator.
    Nearly 10 people are believed to have interest in the District 16 Senate seat, which was vacated last month by Mick Mulvaney, who will be sworn in as a U.S. congressman on Wednesday.
    Filing for the senate seat began Friday and will end at noon Jan. 10.
    Lancaster pharmacist Hugh Mobley was among the first to announce intentions to run.

  • City officials talk 2011 goals

    Beatifying a blighted neighborhood and supporting economic development projects are goals Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw and City Administrator Helen Sowell have identified for 2011.
    The two recently reflected on the past year while looking forward to what lies ahead for the city of Lancaster.
    Sowell said one of the greatest accomplishments of 2010 was the city’s partnership with Lancaster County to reopen the former Springs Industries building on 15th Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood.

  • Three council members to be sworn in for new terms Tuesday

    Before County Council’s first meeting of the new year, three incumbent members will be sworn in for new terms.
    Council members Charlene McGriff, Larry Honeycutt and Jack Estridge, who represent Districts 2, 4 and 6, respectively, will take their oaths of office at a special swearing-in ceremony at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The three were re-elected to new four-year terms in the November election.
    Council officers will also be chosen at the ceremony, which will be held directly before council’s regular meeting in council chambers.