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  • Council denies rezoning request

    Lancaster County Council members shot down a rezoning request by an Indian Land nonprofit that would have allowed it to build a no-kill animal shelter.

    The action came during a meeting in which council members also approved a fee-in-lieu-of-taxes deal for a company looking to settle elsewhere in Lancaster County.

  • Voters to decide three Lancaster City Council races

    Three of the seven seats on Lancaster City Council are up for election this year. 

    Incumbent Linda Blackmon-Brace and Jackie Harris are vying for District 3. Jean Cureton and incumbent Tamara Green Garris are looking to best the other candidate for the District 4 seat, while Sara Eddins is unopposed as she seeks re-election to District 6. 

    City Council members, who serve four-year terms, don't run along party lines. 

    District 3 

  • Much-needed morale boost

    There is a very private side of HOPE in Lancaster that few get to see.

    It usually happens just after 11:30 a.m. each weekday when the front doors get locked and volunteers have a chance to collect their thoughts, said HOPE in Lancaster Executive Director Elaine Adkins.

    When those doors are closed and no one is around, Adkins said the tears inevitably flow.

    A faith-based, nonprofit volunteer-driven organization, HOPE in Lancaster is known for providing short-term emergency assistance for those in crisis.

  • Authorities use DNA to file burglary charges

    Traces of DNA collected at the scenes of several burglaries and larcenies just north of Lancaster in May resulted in arrest warrants issued this week for a Monroe, N.C., man. 

    Authorities are searching for Lucas Wayne Pate, 21, on several charges, including three counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of larceny/breaking into a motor vehicle and two counts of damaging or tampering with a vehicle, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

  • Former Springs Memorial Hospital chaplain dies at 84

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    A former pastor of First Presbyterian church, and former chaplain at Springs Memorial Hospital, died Thursday, Oct. 4, at the age of 84.

  • Council ends debate on River Road connector

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    A small group of Sun City Carolina Lakes residents, some swatting their arms in apparent disgust, abruptly left Lancaster County Council’s recent meeting after learning council had no plans to continue discussion of a proposed road connection.  
    Residents of the Indian Land neighborhood came to council’s Sept. 24 meeting hoping to hear a decision from council about the creation of a road between the neighborhood and River Road, which runs near Indian Land High School off U.S. 521.

  • Car runs off road, hits two vehicles

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating an accident that sent five people to the hospital Wednesday night, Oct. 3.
    A 2005 four-door Toyota was traveling south on Country Club Road at about 11 p.m. Wednesday when the driver ran off the right side of the road, said Lance Cpl. Billy Elder of the Highway Patrol.
    The car struck a group of trees and then hit two vehicles that were parked on private property – a 1995 GMC pickup truck and a 2003 Chevrolet SUV, Elder said.

  • Non-profit animal shelter on agenda

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A proposal to rezone an Indian Land property for use as a non-profit animal shelter will be front and center at Lancaster County Council’s Monday meeting, Oct. 8.
    Council will hear first reading of an ordinance to rezone a Barberville Road property from R-15P Moderate Density/Agricultural to B-2 Community Business district. The owner, Gloria Davey, is seeking to construct a non-governmental, indoor animal shelter to be operated by animal rescue group, PAWS in the Panhandle.

  • Cauthen to be honored today at National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The late Dennis Cauthen, former chief of Elgin Volunteer Department, will be honored today, Oct. 7, during a ceremony at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md.
    Cauthen, 54, died Aug. 16, 2011, after suffering a heart attack following a fire on 15th Street in Lancaster.
    Cauthen, a member of Station 6 for 31 years, along with other South Carolina firefighter who died in the line of duty in 2011, will be honored during the 31st annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

  • Candidates say drugs, gangs are top issues

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    As violent crime continues to be a problem in Lancaster County, the candidates in this year’s sheriff’s race have offered several solutions for curbing everything from illegal drugs to gangs to armed robberies.
    Facing each other in the contested election are incumbent Sheriff and Democrat Barry Faile and his Republican challenger Scott Case.