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  • Council discusses incentive committee

    Economic incentives are often a driving force in attracting prospective companies to Lancaster County, but should there be greater oversight over these decisions?
    Lancaster County Council discussed that topic at its Nov. 12 meeting, following a proposal from Council Chairwoman Kathy Sistare for creating an economic incentive review committee.
    Her idea is to establish the committee to consider incentives prior to offering them to clients who are interested in setting up shop in the county.

  • Dashing through the aisles

    Shoppers stormed the doors at area retailers this year with the start of the 2012 Christmas shopping season known as Black Friday, some even earlier depending where they shopped.
    At Belk in Lancaster, shoppers were lined up and waiting when the doors opened at midnight. Many were drawn as much by the chance to win $50, $100, $500 and $1,000 gift cards as they were for the Early Bird sales inside.
    Not to minimize the sale items, that is.

  • Search warrants yield two arrests

    VAN WYCK – Two men spent Thanksgiving behind bars after authorities seized crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia, electronic surveillance equipment and several firearms from their homes about 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.
    Roger Ross, 57, 1955 Steele Hill Road, was charged with second offense distribution of crack cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.

  • HOPE volunteers help the hurting

    Each day, it takes HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster 15 volunteers to make the agency flow and keep the doors open.

    A faith-based, nonprofit volunteer-driven organization, HOPE provides short-term emergency assistance for those in crisis.

    While they assist with utilities, mortgages, rent and food, they also provide a shoulder for hurting families to lean on.

    That means its 75 unified volunteers stay plenty busy behind the scenes, especially this time of year.

  • City’s 911 center to stand alone

    The city of Lancaster will not be consolidating its 911 center with Lancaster County.

    After a closed-door session at its Nov. 13 meeting, Lancaster City Council voted 6-1 to maintain its stand-alone 911 dispatch center, housed at the Municipal Justice Center on East Arch Street.

    Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace cast the lone dissenting vote.

  • Resident launch effort to change IL ZIP code

    A Panhandle resident with a Lancaster address is exploring an effort to have her neighborhood and others incorporated into Indian Land’s 29707 ZIP code.

    Jan Tacy lives in Walnut Creek, a neighborhood located off Jim Wilson Road near the state line.

    Tacy and the other 68 homeowners in Walnut Creek have Lancaster addresses ending in a 29720 ZIP code. Most homes, and all nearby neighborhoods, such as Carolina Reserve on the north side of Jim Wilson Road and Belair farther west, have an Indian Land ZIP code.

  • Council considers tax relief for L&C Railroad

    A plan to reduce taxes by thousands of dollars for L&C Railroad received unanimous first approval at Lancaster County Council’s Nov. 12 meeting, though council members still have several questions about the proposal. 

    Council voted during the meeting to approve first reading of two ordinances related to the Lancaster & Chester Railroad, including one to place the company in a joint industrial and business park and another to approve special source revenue credits for the company. 

  • BMS students rally to help HOPE

    The outcome of the annual football clash between Clemson and the University of South Carolina may not be decided until late Saturday, but one winner has already been named, and that’s HOPE in Lancaster.

    Thanks to the efforts of the 480-plus students at Buford Middle School, HOPE received 2,102 items for its food pantry last week.

    Now in is sixth year, BMS students split into Gamecocks and Tigers to see which group of fans could raise the most food for the local charity. The drive was held Nov. 8 –16.

  • Authorities arrest Van Wyck men on drug, weapons charges

    VAN WYCK – Two men are spending Thanksgiving behind bars after authorities seized crack cocaine, marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia, electronic surveillance equipment and several firearms from two homes about 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.

    Roger Ross, 57, 1955 Steele Hill Road, was charged with second offense distribution of crack cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.

  • No arrests in Heath Springs shooting

    HEATH SPRINGS – Authorities are searching for a group of men who may be involved in the shooting of a man Friday night, Nov. 16.

    Deputies found the victim about 9 p.m. in a home along Mount Carmel Road in Heath Springs, after responding to a report of a shooting, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

    The man suffered what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the arm, the release said.