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  • Trial in Chester councilman's murder moved to Fairfield

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – The trial of the accused gunman in the shooting death of former Chester City Councilman Odell Williams will not take place in Chester County.

  • Faile looks at priorities for sheriff’s office in 2016

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said he plans to stay focused on the “pretty generic,” but important, goals of retaining and recruiting good officers and cutting crime in 2016.
    Reacting to a request by Faile to help him stem the flow of officers leaving for higher salaries elsewhere, Lancaster County Council agreed Dec. 14 to reallocate $218,462 to increase pay for Faile’s current team of deputies.

  • Homeless warming center opens Jan. 4; help needed

    The Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless will open its winter warming shelter Jan. 4, and volunteers are still needed to operate the facility.
    The center, in the basement of a former children’s home at 721 E. Arch St., will be open every night from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.  until the end of February, said Gina Amato, the coalition’s vice chairperson.
    The group needs volunteers to staff the center overnight and to supply meals for guests. Training for volunteers has already started, but more volunteers are needed.

  • County deals with growth in Panhandle

    As the county’s population continues to surge, growth management has become the No. 1 priority for local government officials in 2016.
    Casting his gaze toward the year ahead, Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said Lancaster County Council’s top priorities include addressing infrastructure issues, recruitment and retention for emergency responders, and managing growth in the county.
    He said the Panhandle’s rapid growth, in particular, brings a host of challenges.

  • McManus captured, charged with murder

    After a yearlong search up and down the East Coast, authorities arrested Keishawn Omar McManus at his mother’s home in Lancaster County Dec. 29 and charged him with murdering his girlfriend.
    Authorities say McManus shot and killed 19-year-old Quatavia Robinson on Dec. 23, 2014, and staged the scene to make it look like a suicide. He is charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Lancaster residents share goals for 2016

    Freelance writer Kayland Hagwood asked some of Lancaster County's residents about their goals for 2016. Here's what they had to say.

  • Lancaster County sees more flooding

    On Dec. 30, the county was once again inundated with torrential rainfall. Late Wednesday, emergency personnel were also checking the structural integrity of a dam over Milestone Creek.
    “At this point, it doesn’t appear to be in danger of breeching, but water is flowing over the top of it,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • The Lancaster News honors some of those we lost this year

    Donald Adams (1935-2015)  
    Adams, who served as Lancaster Fire Department chief from 1975-84, was known, and respected for the love of his family and his church, as well as his down-to-Earth, straight-talking, humorous personality and no-nonsense approach to his job. He was a city firefighter from 1967-92.

    John R. “Pete” Arnold (1939-2015)
    A native West Virginian, Arnold rose from an assistant professor to become the dean of University of South Carolina Lancaster for 12 years (1982-94).

  • Clemson faithful trekking to Miami

    Gordon Thorne, a “Tiger fan for life” and an IPTAY member since birth, is hoping to see Clemson University football history unfold New Year’s Eve.
    Thorne, 47, will be at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., where the No. 1 Tigers, 13-0, battle 11-1 Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl.
    The winner advances to face the Alabama-Michigan State winner. A Tigers win over the Big 12 champion Sooners will give Clemson a school record 14-0 start.

  • Missing woman found in N.C.

    A Kershaw woman was found safe in Columbus County, N.C., about 12 hours after she was reported missing this past weekend, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reported.
    Maj. Matt Shaw said N.C. authorities found Martha Williams, 78, in the wee hours of the morning on Dec. 27 in Riegelwood, which is about 25 miles west of Wilmington.
    “She’s fine and back home,” Shaw said.
    Shaw said Williams was last seen about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26 on Kershaw Camden Highway near Andrew Jackson High School, driving a white, 2008 Kia Sportage.