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  • Elgin fire chief dies after fighting fire

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster County fire department chief died early Tuesday morning only hours after fighting a fire.
    Elgin Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis Cauthen, 54, died at 8 a.m., a little over two hours after helping clear the scene of a fire at a vacant building, according to a Lancaster County Fire Service press release.

  • Officials to address tax lapses 

    Lancaster County officials may soon contract with an outside firm to catch locals who are improperly claiming certain tax credits and exemptions on their property taxes. 

    Bryan Fawcett of Tax Management Associates spoke to Lancaster City Council on Tuesday about the company’s services. He gave a more detailed presentation July 21 to the finance committees for City Council and Lancaster County Council.

  • Students ready for first day of school

    For Lancaster County students, it’s almost crunch time.

    With just a few more hours remaining, the end of summer is looming with school year just around the corner – as in tomorrow.

    Monday morning, more than 11,300 students will be heading out the door for the start of the 2011-12 school year.

    Lancaster County Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said he’s expecting this year to be a good one, thanks in large part to the hard work of district teachers and staff all summer.

  • Thefts are bad news for papers

    Newspapers are flying out of the boxes, but in this case that’s bad news.

    With the sour economy and the rise of “extreme couponing,” a trend made famous by a TLC television program of the same name, newspaper boxes have become tempting targets. 

    By depositing just a few pieces of change, casual criminals are walking away with multiple copies of a paper, as well as stacks upon stacks of coupons. 

  • Red Ventures to hold job fair on Thursday

    From Release 

    The Indian Land-based company Red Ventures is holding a job fair Aug. 18. The Internet marketing and sales company plans to hire more than 500 people by the end of December.

    While the fair is focused on filling inside sales positions, Red Ventures is hiring in all areas of the company, including analysts, web developers, marketing managers and more. 

  • USCL classes begin Thursday

    Lancaster public school students aren’t the only ones heading back to school this week. 

    More than 1,700 students – including 430 freshmen – are gearing up for the 2011 fall semester on Thursday at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. 

    USCL Dean John Catalano said the start of school is traditionally a chaotic, but special, time of year.

  • ‘Droppin’ knowledge’ about gangs

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    They were all dressed in athletic gear, ready to play some five-on-five basketball at the Barr Street gymnasium.
    But before they could take to the court Monday evening, a group of Lancaster youth were given some information that can benefit them now and in years to come. The impact may be greater than the thrill of any basketball game.

  • Heath Springs fire station renovations almost complete

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A black No. 9 stands tall and bold for motorists to see as they make their way through Heath Springs along U.S. 521.
    That number is affixed to the tower portion of the Heath Springs fire station, which has been undergoing renovations over the past seven months. Heath Springs is No. 9 in the county’s system of fire departments.
    Fire Chief Patrick Helms said Friday that work on the Duncan Street station is 98 percent complete and department members expect to move in by the end of the month.

  • Officers arrest two in church burglaries

    A search of a church parking lot led to the arrests of two Indian Land teens in connection with a string of recent burglaries.

    Devyn Martin, 19, 10382 Silver Mine Road, Indian Land, and Kevin Smet, 18, 7372 Henry Harris Road, Indian Land, were arrested by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies Aug. 7. Both were charged with multiple counts of burglary and larceny, according to a sheriff’s office press release. 

  • 2 houses hit with bullets

    Two Lancaster homes were hit with bullets within a week of each other and investigators are still searching for suspects. 

    The first shooting happened shortly after 1 a.m. July 29 at a home in the 100 block of Willowlake Road. Lancaster police officers were already in the area, patrolling the Palmetto Place Apartments, when they heard several gunshots near the Willowlake Road area, according to a police department incident report.