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  • Conference on youth set for next week

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth is hosting a conference next week aimed at preventing youth substance abuse in rural communities.
    The three-day conference, titled 2011 Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities: Emerging Themes in the Prevention Literature, will be held March 7-9 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley building.

  • End of era for Irene Plyler

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    For the first time since she was a teenager, Irene Plyler is taking a much-needed break.
    Recently retired as Lancaster County Council’s first and only clerk, a job she held for more than 33 years, it’s taken Plyler a few weeks to adjust to her new schedule.
    “I was scared about retiring,” Plyler said. “I’ve been working since I was 14 years old in my father’s shoe store.”

  • Police identify drive-by shooter

     

    Authorities are searching for a man involved in a Wednesday morning drive-by shooting in Lancaster.

    The Lancaster Police Department has issued warrants for Travis Phillip Miller, 27, of Lancaster, for the shooting which happened about 10:11 a.m. on Hazel Street near the Dunlap Street intersection. 

  • One person injured in drive-by shooting

    Authorities are searching for a suspect involved in a Wednesday morning drive-by shooting. 

    The Lancaster Police Department is investigating the incident, which happened  

    about 10:11 a.m. on Hazel Street near the Dunlap Street intersection. 

    Officers and emergency workers responded to a home in the 800 block of Dunlap Street and found the victim, who had been shot, according to a LPD press release. 

    The victim is a 33-year-old Lancaster man, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Paul Smith.

  • Davis makes campaign stop here

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    John Davis of Grand Junction, Colo., said God told him to run for president of the United States last year — so that’s exactly what he’s doing.
    Davis, who owns a home-building company in Grand Junction and is running as a conservative Republican, stopped at Bojangle’s in Lancaster this morning as part of his “Votercade Across America,” a quest to get his name and message out to the country by visiting every county in the nation.

  • Stevens Park to get walking trails

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     KERSHAW – Residents who visit Stevens Park in Kershaw will soon be able to take advantage of two new walking trails.
    Volunteers with the Kershaw Community Park Council began cutting the trails on Saturday. Group member Beverly Timmons had discussed those plans at last week’s Town Council meeting.
    She said the walking trails will enhance the park.

  • County approves strategic plan

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    After months of planning and discussion with county employees and officials, Lancaster County Council adopted its first-ever strategic plan last week.
    Deputy County Administrator Jeff Naftal presented the updated strategic plan to council at its Feb. 22 meeting, which Council unanimously approved.  

  • First Soul Food Cook-off a success

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    All it took was one step through the doors of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Starr Hall Student Center Feb. 24 to kick the ol’ saliva glands into high gear.
    Inside, a kaleidoscope of smells filled the air, drifting up from tables adorned with all manner of down-home cooking: shrimp and grits, chicken creole, broccoli casserole, collard greens, cornbread and peach cobbler.

  • Hospital limits patient visits

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Springs Memorial Hospital has issued flu season visitation restrictions.
    The hospital implemented the temporary restrictions in response to a surge in influenza cases, according to a press release sent out Feb. 24.
    As part of the restrictions:
    u Hand sanitization is required at all times by staff and visitors.
    u Children under the age of 18 and anyone with flu-like illness are asked not to visit.
    u Masks are available to any patients or visitors presenting flu-like symptoms.

  • One dies in morning wreck

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    An automobile accident Tuesday morning near Spring Hill Baptist Church in the Tradesville community killed a Heath Springs man and seriously injured his wife. Lancaster County Coronor Mike Morris identified the man as James “Jamie” Morgan Phillips, 41, of the 5100 block of Stoneboro Road, Heath Springs. The driver of the vehicle, Phillips’ wife, Heidi Marie Phillips, 37, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokesman said Tuesday afternoon Heidi Phillips was in stable condition.