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  • It’s Finally Friday in the city limits

    Mister Pleaze, a “party band” with a strong local appeal, will kick off the city of Lancaster’s Finally Friday concert series from 6 to 9 p.m. today.
    The concert is free and Hwy. 55 Burgers will be selling food, said Joe Timmons, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster. Beer will also be available for purchase.
    The 2016 summertime concerts are set for the grassy lot behind City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St. Timmons calls the lot the “Park under the Pecan Trees.”

  • Assessment team seeks comments on sheriff’s office

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.
    Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas – policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

  • Williams named animal shelter director

    Alan Williams has been named the new director at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter beginning next Monday, Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said Wednesday.
    For the first time since early May, the shelter will resume full-time hours and be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, June 27.
    The shelter has been without a director since May 11, when the former director was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.
    Willis would not say whether the previous director quit or was fired.

  • ATM robbery suspect arrested

    A man accused of robbing a woman at the Founders Federal Credit Union ATM in Indian Land earlier this week has turned himself in.
    According to a release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Paul Thomas Morgan, of 9093 Sonrise Meadow Road, Indian Land, turned himself in at the sheriff’s office about 5 p.m. Wednesday after contacting a local attorney.
    Morgan, 22, has been charged with common law robbery after a woman was robbed at the ATM on Monday night.

  • Lancaster man dies in diving accident at Lake Wateree

    A Lancaster mom is mourning the death of her 28-year-old son after a diving accident at Lake Wateree led to his death Monday, June 20.
    Jeannette Anthony had just seen her son hours earlier when he came into her bedroom as she was preparing to leave for a summer class at South Piedmont Community College.
    The thought that that fateful moment in her bedroom would be the last time she saw her son left her speechless.

  • G-Force brings revival

    More than 100 people joined hands in prayer in the courtyard between the historic and new courthouses Saturday morning. People from all walks of life, ages and races joined together in Lancaster’s first citywide Unity Prayer Rally.
    Community churches and spiritual leaders brought a message of hope and healing from the sanctuary to the streets. The two-hour event stretched well into a third hour, but no one seemed in a hurry to leave.

  • Give Local Lancaster raises $93,810

    More than 200 people came together Monday to celebrate the successful online Give Local Lancaster fundraising campaign hosted by the J. Marion Sims Foundation last month. The celebration luncheon was held in the special events room in the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
    Individual and business donors raised $93,810, almost double the initial goal of $50,000. More than 800 donors from 18 states and two countries gave financial gifts to 36 local nonprofits in Lancaster’s first community online fundraiser.

  • Lancaster men arrested Friday in molestation cases

    Two Lancaster men were arrested for unrelated sexual crimes against children Friday. Both turned themselves in that day.
    Albert Joseph Darminio, 38, is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct and unlawful neglect of a child by a legal custodian, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    Darminio accompanied the now 17-year-old victim and a relative of the victim to the sheriff’s office Friday morning, where he confirmed their complaint to a deputy.

  • UPDATED: Man robs woman at ATM

    UPDATE: More photos released of IL robbery suspect
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has released additional photos of the man they believe robbed a woman Monday night at the Founders Federal Credit Union ATM in Indian Land.
    The images, captured on Walmart survelliance videos, show the man entering the Indian Land supercenter, at 10048 Charlotte Highway, about 8:51 p.m. Monday, as well as the Toyota truck he was driving.

  • City plans for $8.6M sewer line upgrades

    City of Lancaster officials hope to begin construction in mid-October to replace the 80-year-old terra cotta sewer lines in Erwin Farm and make other sewer improvements cited in the municipality’s consent order with the Environmental Protection Agency.
    The estimated cost of the Erwin Farm sewer improvements is $8.6
    million.