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  • 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.

  • 20-year police veteran to lead city department

    As an undercover drug officer, she interacted directly with narcotics dealers in some of the city’s most drug-infested areas. That job may not be highly celebrated, but it is one that can be quite dangerous.
    That’s how Harlean Howard got her start with the Lancaster Police Department 20 years ago. Since then, she’s moved through the ranks, assumed more and more responsibility and will now hold the highest title of all.
    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Howard as the department’s next police chief.

  • Town targets sagging pants

    GREAT FALLS – Pull up your pants or be fined.
    That’s the gist of the ordinance Great Falls Town Council gave first reading approval to Dec. 20.
    Mayor Don Camp presented the ordinance to council.
    “This is primarily to stop what we see everyday on the street,” Camp said.
    “Great Falls Town Council recognizes that our young people are a product of their environments, and, therefore, it is important that the adults around them demonstrate qualities which best characterize Great Falls,” the ordinance said.

  • Comporium gives $300,000 to repave road

    Comporium Communications has donated $300,000 to support one of the county’s newest businesses, Nutramax.
    Glenn McFadden, chief operating officer of Comporium, presented the money at a small celebration Tuesday morning. Speaking to a small crowd assembled outside Lancaster County Council chambers, McFadden said his company is contributing the money under South Carolina’s infrastructure tax credit law.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Howard to become next police chief

    Harlean Howard will become the city of Lancaster’s next police chief.
    City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Howard, who’s in her 20th year with the Lancaster Police Department. She’s held the rank of captain since 2003. 
    Howard will succeed Hugh White, who recently announced plans to retire. White has been with the department since 1982, serving as chief the past 11 years.
    Howard’s appointment as chief becomes effective Jan. 7.