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  • City may tweak auditing process

    Changes may be coming to the way the city of Lancaster audits businesses that pay license fees to the city.

    At its Feb. 26 meeting, City Council voted unanimously on first reading to amend an existing ordinance regarding inspections and audits.

    The vote was 6-0, as Councilwoman Jackie Harris was absent from the meeting.

    If adopted, businesses will have to provide copies of income tax returns upon the city’s request.

  • Thomas & Betts expansion to create new jobs

    Lancaster County’s Thomas & Betts will undergo a major expansion that’s expected to create more jobs at its plant at 3468 Old Camden Highway, just south of the Elgin community off U.S. 521. 

    The company, which makes steel power transmission structures, will add shifts in order to meet increased demands for its products, according to a media release issued Monday, March 4. 

  • 5-year-old girl dies from child abuse

    Hours after sheriff’s investigators said a 5-year-old girl died under suspicious circumstances, a Lancaster man was arrested in connection with her death.

    Phillip Bryan Gleason, 27, 1791 Craig Farm Road, was arrested Tuesday, March 5 and charged with homicide by child abuse, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile identified the victim as Soren Victoria Chilson.

  • Sheriff’s office: 5-year-old’s death ‘suspicious’

    Investigators with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office are classifying the death of a 5-year-old girl late Monday night, March 4, as suspicious.

    Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said early Tuesday. March 5, that the girl was first found by paramedics following a 911 call.

  • Man killed in shooting

    Police are investigating the shooting death of a Lancaster man late Sunday night, March 3, in what has become the county’s third murder of 2013.

    Kenneth Jeffery Blanding, 36, was pronounced dead shortly after 9 p.m. Outside a home in the 400 block of Miller Street, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome late Monday afternoon.

    Broome said Blanding’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

  • Thomas & Betts announces expansion

    Lancaster’s Thomas & Betts will undergo a major expansion that's expected to create more jobs at its plant at 3468 Old Camden Highway (off Kershaw Camden Highway, just south of the Elgin community).

    The company, which makes steel power transmission structures, will add shifts in order to meet increased demands for its products, according to a media release issued Monday, March 4.

  • Comporium had problem with e-mails

    Staff Reports
    A “SPAM tsunami” is how one Comporium Communications customer described the company’s e-mail problem this week.
    Glenn McFadden, Comporium’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the problem started Monday.

  • Workforce training initiative earns state certification

    A Lancaster County effort to prepare unemployed workers for future jobs and make the county more attractive to new business and industry is well underway now after earning its state certification last week.

    In a related development on, Feb. 19, Lancaster County Council also approved a permanent home for the initiative and funding to employ a full-time coordinator.

  • Time’s up on tobacco

    Attention smokers.

    Today is the first official day of a smoking ban Lancaster County Council adopted last year.

    The ordinance prohibits smoking inside restaurants, most bars and other public-access places. This day is the culmination of a four-year effort by the county’s Health and Wellness Commission.

    Commission Chairwoman Donna Parsons said the overall public reaction has been positive, with many people believing the ordinance was long past due.

  • Deputies arrest man in string of larcenies

    A Lancaster man wanted for the burglary of a car wash cash machine, as well as multiple other larcenies throughout the county, was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 27.

    Corey Hayden Cook, 36, 1931 Great Falls Highway, was arrested on a host of charges following an investigation into larcenies that have happened in the Great Falls Highway area since August 2012, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.