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  • Honoring service above self

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Family, friends, state and local dignitaries and fellow S.C. Highway Patrol troopers gathered at Unity ARP Church outside Lancaster Friday to remember the life and service of Patrolman Marion Charles Steele.
    Steele, then 28, a husband and father of three young children, died Sept. 10, 1966. He was shot to death during a traffic stop for speeding in Chesterfield County.

  • Making Christmas brighter

    Sherry Archie
    For The Lancaster News
    Lancaster High School’s cafeteria was filled with smiling faces Dec. 3. The young and young-at-heart came together for a hot meal and a chance to give Santa (dressed in his best LHS blue and gold) their wish lists.

  • Motive sought in death of sibling

    Nancy Parsons
    Landmark News Service
    Robert and Johnny Wertz are thankful to have shared Thanksgiving Day with their sister.
    The brothers had no idea it would be the last holiday they would celebrate with her.
    Alfreda Wertz Hinson, 57, was found murdered in her Old Winnsboro Road home Nov. 28.
    Johnny Wertz, 55, said his sister was a nice, kind person. He has some physical limitations and relied on his sister to help him with things such as grocery shopping, doctor appointments and paying bills.

  • Board to consider second concrete firm’s status appeal

    The Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is scheduled to consider an appeal Tuesday night by another Indian Land concrete plant that lost its protected nonconforming-use status in the 521 Perimeter Commerce Park.
    The appeal comes two months after a similar case in which the BZA overturned the county zoning department's revocation of Thomas Concrete LLC's protected nonconforming-use status in the same light-industrial park.
    Lancaster County Council is seeking an appeal of the decision before a Court of Common Pleas judge.

  • Firearms proposal on council agenda

    Months after the shooting of a horse in the Panhandle stirred debate over the legality of firing weapons on private property, Lancaster County Council will consider a new firearms proposal at its Monday meeting.
    The proposed negligent discharge of firearms ordinance, drafted by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and county staff, would place liability on a shooter if a round from a firearm leaves their property. The proposed ordinance includes exemptions for people defending life and property, as well as for approved shooting ranges.

  • Man interrupts burglary in progress

    The owner of a storage building came face-to-face with a burglar as he checked his property Tuesday night, though the unknown man got away.
    A 70-year-old Lancaster man told police he was making his nightly rounds just after 8 p.m. at a building in the 200 block of Elm Street, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. The owner said he checks every night to make sure the building is secure before going home, but this time he saw something odd.
    After pulling his car up to the building and walking to the front door, he noticed the door was unlocked.

  • LAPS to hold vigil, giveaway

     In the coming days, Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) will remember people who have passed away and assist those in need of a helping hand.
    The local crime-awareness group is holding its Stop the Violence Candlelight Vigil at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in front of Lancaster City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St.
    City Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris, LAPS' founder, said there will be a roll call for all victims who died over the past 10 years from “senseless acts of violence.”

  • One person dies in wreck on Camp Creek Road

    At least one person died in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Camp Creek Road.
    That person and at least one more occupant were riding in a gray Nissan SUV that apparently ran off the left side of the road. The vehicle was left on its side in a wooded area near a home at 1638 Camp Creek Road.
    The fatal collision occurred at 4:29 p.m., according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
    Troopers, paramedics and the county coroner were among the officials working the accident.
    At least one of the occupants was taken away by ambulance.

  • Local man threatens members of a jury

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Only minutes after being convicted in a disorderly conduct case last week, a Lancaster man was charged with intimidating a juror.
    A Lancaster police officer was booking Daquavius Demond Wade, 18, 207 Hampton Road, at the police department on Nov. 30 when he heard Wade make several comments. Wade had just been convicted earlier that day for disorderly conduct by a jury of six of his peers, according to a police department incident report.

  • Council addresses primary concerns

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The results of a recent S.C. Supreme Court ruling have local election officials looking at funding options for January’s required presidential primary.