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  • Armed men rob store

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Crouching down outside of a Twin Pines business early Wednesday afternoon, a crime scene investigator searched for clues only minutes after two men robbed the store at gunpoint.
    Donning blue gloves, the investigator dusted for fingerprints along the front door of We Buy Gold, at 1427 Charlotte Highway. Nearby, the small store parking lot was crammed full of sheriff’s patrol cars and a crime scene unit van.

  • Officials arrest man after car chase

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Deputies arrested a Lancaster man on several charges after they were led on a high-speed chase through the county Tuesday morning.
    John Jerrod Hill, 29, 337 Grace Ave., was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with failure to stop for blue lights, second offense, driving under suspension, third offense, habitual traffic offender for driving under suspension and resisting arrest.

  • Cedric ‘Mean Man’ Mingo Day is Saturday

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A local boxing legend will be at a Saturday event intended to teach more than punching techniques.
    Cedric “Mean Man” Mingo, a Lancaster native who became a world boxing champion in the 1980s, will be at Sonic Drive In from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.
    The event, which includes a boxing demonstration and autograph session, is being held to honor Cedric Mingo Day – a declaration made 22 years ago by Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw.
    The official day is Feb. 17.

  • Officers looking for two suspects in armed robbery of IL Walmart

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Authorities are investigating an armed robbery that took place Monday night at the Indian Land Walmart.
    Sheriff’s deputies came to the supercenter at 10048 Charlotte Highway at 8 p.m. after two men approached the service desk with a note demanding money, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    One of the suspects flashed a handgun, the release said.

  • Report: Woman punched during home burglary

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster woman has been accused in the burglary of a McIlwain Road home Sunday morning that resulted in the assault of a woman inside.
    The resident told a sheriff's deputy that he and his girlfriend were getting ready for bed when he heard a loud noise. A few seconds later, he heard his girlfriend scream, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

  • LCWSD preparing for new digs

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    If you’ve driven on Pageland Highway lately, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the ongoing construction of a new, shiny facility near the S.C. 9 Bypass interchange.
    That building in the works is the future location for the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District’s administrative offices.
    Work began on the 34,560-square-foot building last June and is expected to be finished in May.

  • Redistricting plan OK’d

    It’s official – the federal government has given a seal of approval to Lancaster County’s redistricting plan.
    The plan, which shifts the county’s seven districts to accommodate changes in population found during the 2010 Census, received official approval in a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice this week.
    This comes a few months after the plan was formally approved by Lancaster County Council and sent off to the federal government.

  • Community embraces Paige Duke

    For The Lancaster News
    Famdamily’s Restaurant was the place to be Friday night to show support for a small town girl who hit the big time.
    Lancaster native Paige Duke is the star of the newest season of CMT’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” a reality show that is much like “The Bachelor” with a southern twist. Duke won a spot on the show’s second season, competing against 21 other women for the heart of a southern gentleman.

  • 16 districts in zoning draft for IL

    After months of discussion, a committee tasked with clearing up zoning concerns in the Panhandle has developed a proposed list of commercial zoning districts.
    County Planning Director Chris Karres said the list of 16 business districts was recently drafted by a county committee made up of Lancaster County Council members Larry McCullough, Larry Honeycutt and Charlene McGriff, as well as members of the county planning department, the planning commission and residents from Van Wyck and Sun City Carolina Lakes.

  • Three people arrested after bloody fight in Walmart

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Three Lancaster County residents were arrested Saturday night following a fight inside the Walmart supercenter that left blood on the pet food aisle floor.
    Goldie Jackson, 23, 1109 Third St., Lancaster; Branan Scott Pate, 20, and Heidi Marie Phillips, 38, both of 5133 Stonesboro Road, Heath Springs, were each charged with assault and battery.