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  • Warming center for women, kids will open Jan. 2

    Homeless women and children in Lancaster will have a warm place to sleep this winter, as renovations are almost finished on a temporary shelter next door to the Citadel House men’s shelter.
    The house at 1232 Trestle Lane is scheduled to open Jan. 2. It will accommodate 10 to 12 women and children each night through March. The warming center will run from 6 p.m.- 8 a.m. An evening meal will be provided, and hopefully breakfast and a bag lunch.

  • 7 IL subdivisions off the hot seat

    Developers of seven Indian Land subdivisions sprang to attention after last month’s ultimatum from county officials – make financial arrangements by Dec. 31 or your homeowners will forever be responsible for fixing their own roads.
    Six developers are in the process of providing the required letters of credit that would allow the county to accept their roads into the county system, while a seventh may get a waiver.
    But county officials still haven’t heard back from the developers of the remaining two subdivisions – Rosemont and Reid Pointe.

  • Clarification on incorporation news article
  • Woman charged in convenience store robbery

    A Liberty Hill woman was charged with the armed robbery of the Twin Pines Convenience Store and Grill in Lancaster Monday night.

    Jessica Luann Medlin, 25, was arrested Tuesday morning after a post on the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page resulted in a tip identifying her, said sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield.

    Deputies arrested Medlin at a coin laundry on Arch Street after a deputy and investigator spotted her car.

  • Bud Light recliner just too tempting for thieves

    Two men and a woman stole a promotional Bud Light recliner from an Indian Land convenience store on Dec. 2, and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying the thieves.

    According to the incident report, the theft happened about 1:41 a.m. at the 7-Eleven near the Indian Land Walmart when a man and a woman entered the store while another man waited at their vehicle by the gas pumps.

  • Will today’s News-Era be the last?

    KERSHAW – Newspaper readers may get their final edition of The Kershaw News-Era today.

    The Dec. 7 death of Jim McKeown Jr., the paper’s hands-on owner, editor and publisher, has his only heir, Sara Helen McKeown White, trying to determine if it is feasible to keep printing the newspaper after this week. 

    A licensed clinical counselor, White now lives in Idaho.

  • Fake news alert: No IL town vote yet

    A fake newspaper clipping posted on an Indian Land community Facebook page saying residents had “overwhelmingly voted to incorporate” angered incorporation foes, some of whom said it was a conscious attempt by supporters to keep opposing voters from the polls.

    The Nov. 30 post on the “Concerned Citizens of Indian Land” Facebook page by a user named Barry B. Baker shows what appears to be a photograph of a newspaper called “The Gate.” 

  • IT chiefs on alert against hackers

    Lancaster County and the city of Lancaster are battening down the hatches when it comes to their computer systems, after a hacker immobilized Mecklenburg County’s system, forcing the county to revert to paper for all business. 

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis says that every system has a weakness, and it’s a constant battle to keep up to date.

    “No system is bulletproof,” Willis said. “The bad guys are coming up with newer stuff every day. The weak link is the end user. 

  • INSP sues developer, county over 521 tract

    INDIAN LAND – The Inspiration Network (INSP) is suing Lancaster County and N.C.-based UHF Development Group for the right to develop an 88-acre portion of its property along U.S. 521 south of CrossRidge.  

    The lawsuit was filed Tuesday with the Lancaster County Clerk of Court’s office. It says INSP has already spent $6 million grading 61 acres in preparation for development, and that it is negotiating a “time-sensitive” project that might fall through if its dispute with UHF and the county isn’t resolved soon.

  • Sheriff’s office lists unclaimed property

    Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office often come across unclaimed, lost or abandoned property during the course of their duties.
    Under county policy, when a deputy takes possession of such property, it is placed into evidence for safekeeping.   
    The office works to identify owners and reunite them with their property. 
    After a 90-day period and exhausting all reasonable efforts to find legal property owners, the sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the items.