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  • City’s 15th Street building needs work

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Major roof work is needed on the city of Lancaster’s 15th Street training facility.
    City Council voted 6-0 at its Tuesday, Oct. 9, meeting to allocate $218,150 for roof repairs at the building, which is used for Public Works operations and for training space for emergency personnel.
    Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris wasn’t at the meeting.
    City Administrator Helen Sowell told council members the building’s roof is in poor condition and needs refurbishing.

  • City Council, sheriff and House 44 candidates to speak at public forum

    Watch video from this forum

    Voters will have a chance to hear local candidates discuss issues at the Before You Vote – 2012 Candidate Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
    The forum, set to begin at 6 p.m., will be held at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive.
    The forum is free and open to the public.

  • Man wounded in drive-by shooting

     Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    Investigators are following up on leads into who shot and wounded a man after a brief struggle Wednesday, Oct. 10.
    Deputies learned of the shooting after they responded to Springs Memorial Hospital about a gunshot victim, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Lancaster County Fair in town this weekend

    The annual Lancaster County Fair will be at American Legion Fairgrounds, S. Main St., through Sunday, Oct. 14.
    The fair, sponsored by Smokey Mountain Amusements, promises new and improved rides.
    General admission is $3 for adults and children age 5 and up, and parking on Legion grounds is $1.
    There is free admission all day, Sunday, Oct. 14.
    The fair will be open today, Oct. 12 from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 from 2 to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14 from 2 to 9:30 p.m.
    Tickets are available at the gate.

  • Three candidates vie for House 44 seat

    Running up the middle of the county and encompassing Kershaw, Heath Springs and most of Lancaster, S.C. House District 44 is among the largest political districts in Lancaster County.

    The battle for retiring seven-term Rep. Jimmy Neal’s (D) seat is also among the most hotly contested state-level races in this year’s general election.

  • City officer, motorist injured in collision

    Two motorists, one a Lancaster Police Department officer, are recovering from injuries after their vehicles collided in a city intersection Thursday afternoon, Oct. 11.

    Emergency responders swarmed the scene at the intersection of North Wylie and West Barr streets just after 3 p.m., where a gold Chrysler Town & Country minivan and black Lancaster Police Department patrol car crashed into each other only minutes earlier.

  • Considering a career as a firefighter?

    Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    Keith Wilson is the only high school teacher in the county who shows his students the finer points for breaking into someone’s house.

    Wilson readily admits that forcible entry is a bad thing in most law enforcement circles.

    But James Rowell, Adam Medlin and Preston Davis have no intention of using those skills for a life of crime or an unwanted midnight encounter with Davis’ dad, Lancaster Police Dept. Lt. Duane Davis.

  • City to expand recycling program

    The city of Lancaster’s push to save paper and plastics from the landfills has caught on throughout the county.

    Marty Cauthen, the city’s solid waste director, spoke at City Council’s meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9, about six schools asking if the city can provide them with recycling containers and pick-up service.

    The schools are Andrew Jackson Middle, Andrew Jackson High, Clinton Elementary, Heath Springs Elementary, Indian Land High and McDonald Green Elementary.

  • Pageland crime spree ends with two arrests

    PAGELAND – Two Lancaster residents caused a lot of disruption in Pageland over the weekend of Sept. 29 and have now been charged for it.

    Chastity Marie Leach, 26, 2076 Old Camden Monroe Highway and Johnny Ray Pyatt, 35, 2345 Doc Holliday Circle, were arrested for 19 various counts, including shoplifting, property damage and motor vehicle theft over the span of three days (Sept. 29 to Oct. 1).

  • Farmers market event continues to grow

    The Lancaster County Farmers Market held its annual Public Services Honors Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6. The event was designed both to educate young people on local agriculture and locally grown produce while paying tribute to service agencies in the county.

    This was the second year of the festival. Event organizer Robert Steele, chairman of the Lancaster County Farmers Commission, said he was pleased with this year’s response.