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  • Man arrested for robbery

    A brawl that left a man bloodied and beaten ended with the arrest of a Lancaster man on several charges last week. 

    Dequincey Rashad Montgomery, 26, 502 Chesterfield Ave., was arrested Nov. 19, on charges of strong armed robbery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and entering premises after warning, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    Officers discovered the assault just after 10 p.m. after responding to a fight in progress at a home in the 1800 block of Pardue Street, at Palmetto Place Apartments.

  • Flags to fly at half-staff on Wednesday

    Flags across South Carolina will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in honor of U.S. Army Sgt. Channing Bo Hicks. Hicks of Greer was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 16, 2012.

  • Park council unveils plans for upgrades at bowling center

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Plans for major improvements and expansion at Stevens Park were discussed at Kershaw Town Council’s most recent meeting Monday, Nov. 19.
    Frances Moreland and Beverly Timmons – members of the Kershaw Community Park Council – shared their visions for growth at the town-owned park, located off Close Circle.

  • Final reading of smoking ordinance up for approval

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    After months of discussion, the fate of a proposed county-wide smoking ordinance will be revealed at Lancaster County Council’s Monday meeting, Nov. 26.
    If council approves it , the ordinance would prohibit smoking in enclosed public spaces throughout the county, including restaurants, bars, retail stores, libraries and public areas of businesses.
    Exceptions to the ban include private homes, retail tobacco stores and private clubs.

  • Expansion coming to Haddon House in Chester

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Services
    CHESTER – An industry is announcing a $3.1 million expansion that is expected to create 100 new jobs in Richburg.
    Haddon House Food Products Inc., an exporter, importer and distributor of food products, plans to increase its operations.

  • Audit shows school district on firm financial footing

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster County School District is in good financial shape but should be prepared to deal with potential fiscal challenges on the horizon, the district’s chief financial officer told school board members Tuesday, Nov. 20.
    The advice came during a meeting with a significant focus on financial matters including an overview of the fiscal year 2011-2012 audit report and discussion of a proposed tax cut for the L&C Railroad under consideration by County Council.

  • Council discusses incentive committee

    Economic incentives are often a driving force in attracting prospective companies to Lancaster County, but should there be greater oversight over these decisions?
    Lancaster County Council discussed that topic at its Nov. 12 meeting, following a proposal from Council Chairwoman Kathy Sistare for creating an economic incentive review committee.
    Her idea is to establish the committee to consider incentives prior to offering them to clients who are interested in setting up shop in the county.

  • Dashing through the aisles

    Shoppers stormed the doors at area retailers this year with the start of the 2012 Christmas shopping season known as Black Friday, some even earlier depending where they shopped.
    At Belk in Lancaster, shoppers were lined up and waiting when the doors opened at midnight. Many were drawn as much by the chance to win $50, $100, $500 and $1,000 gift cards as they were for the Early Bird sales inside.
    Not to minimize the sale items, that is.

  • Search warrants yield two arrests

    VAN WYCK – Two men spent Thanksgiving behind bars after authorities seized crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia, electronic surveillance equipment and several firearms from their homes about 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.
    Roger Ross, 57, 1955 Steele Hill Road, was charged with second offense distribution of crack cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.

  • HOPE volunteers help the hurting

    Each day, it takes HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster 15 volunteers to make the agency flow and keep the doors open.

    A faith-based, nonprofit volunteer-driven organization, HOPE provides short-term emergency assistance for those in crisis.

    While they assist with utilities, mortgages, rent and food, they also provide a shoulder for hurting families to lean on.

    That means its 75 unified volunteers stay plenty busy behind the scenes, especially this time of year.