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  • ‘Tee’ McWhirter made lasting contributions in community

     Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    If you’ve traveled north of Lancaster on U.S. 521, there’s a great chance you’ve seen his name. And the same can be said about a drive by the Lancaster County Airport off S.C. 9 near the Chester County line.
    Foy Spencer “Tee” McWhirter was instrumental in the widening of Charlotte Highway in his role as chairman of the S.C. Highway Commission. Because of that, the road is named in his honor.

  • Fire destroys rich hill hay barn

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    County firefighters fought a hay barn fire in blistering heat on Rocky River Road in the Rich Hill community Saturday afternoon. Their massive, all-out effort kept the blaze from spreading to several nearby full turkey barns.
    The fire, which was reported about 2:50 p.m. Saturday, was contained about 4:15 p.m.
    However, it was by no means out then, according to a firefighter on the scene.
    “It’s about 30 percent out,” the firefighter said on the emergency radio at the time.

  • Police drop alcohol charges against underage servers

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    After consulting with several state law enforcement agencies, Lancaster police officers reconsidered and dropped a series of alcohol charges this week that had been filed against employees at a local bar.
    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said most of the charges filed against five employees of Good Time Charlies, 1366 W. Meeting St., were dropped Monday, July 9.  
    Grant said the charge of transfer of alcohol to a minor was dropped for bar manager Angela Renee Owens and bartender Jenna Horne.

  • Man reports Independence Day assault, robbery in front of county library

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Police are looking for three men in connection with the assault and robbery of a Lancaster man last week.
    The search began shortly after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, when an 18-year-old man ran up to a Lancaster police officer who was assisting a motorist near the intersection of Chesterfield Avenue and South Market Street, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • A call to the Brooklyn community

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Leaders in one of Lancaster County’s most crime-stricken communities are once again looking to foster positive change in the area.
    The second annual Brooklyn Avenue Community Fellowship is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Christ Deliverance Temple, 151 Brooklyn Ave.
    The event is an attempt to unite the community and provide inspiration and guidance for those who may need uplifting, said organizer Ora Minor, Christ Deliverance Temple pastor.

  • Heath Springs woman injured in wreck with semi

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Heath Springs woman was injured in a car accident July 3 after troopers say she disregarded a stop sign and drove into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer truck.  
    S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Elder said the two-vehicle accident happened at 11:32 a.m. that day on North Matson Street (U.S. 521) in Kershaw.

  • Police seek man in shooting

    The search is on for a Lancaster man wanted in connection with the shooting of another man Monday evening, July 9. 

    Lancaster police officers have issued arrest warrants for Delrico L. McDow, 23, 780 Montcrest St., for the charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release. 

  • ‘Obamacare’ stirs mixed reaction

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    What are your thoughts about the recent Supreme Court decision on the health-care law?
    Were you surprised by the outcome? How do you think this will affect you?
    The Lancaster News spoke with local residents this past week about the debate surrounding the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, informally known as Obamacare.

  • Council tackles budget shortfall

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Now that local government funding numbers have finally been revealed by the state General Assembly, Lancaster County Council will discuss the effects of a shortfall to the county budget at its meeting Monday night, July 9.
    The shortfall, which had been expected, will delay certain provisions of the recently approved budget, including salary raises for county employees and hiring for several new positions.

  • Campers step up, out through the arts

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Musical performances were aplenty June 29 at the last day of a special week-long camp held at the Preston Blackmon Family Success and Career Center and Deliverance Word of Faith Church in Lancaster.
    The two buildings are within walking distance of one another.
    The Arts Initiative Summer Camp, held June 25-29, gave area children ages 9 through 13 a chance to engage in the aesthetics of visual art, dance, music and drama.