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  • Flags at half-staff today

    Flags will be flown at half-staff today, May 15, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day. This week, May 13-19 is National Police Week.

  • B-3 zoning back on council agenda

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The issue of commercial zoning in the Panhandle will once again be a topic of discussion during Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Monday, May 14.

  • Sheriff: Double murder probable shootout

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A drug robbery and subsequent shootout may be to blame for the deaths of two men last week, as new details continue to emerge about a double murder at a Lancaster home.
    Stephen Lamont Westbrook, 39, of Rock Hill and Mardrickus Javon Belk, 25, 896 Mark Lane, Lancaster, died after they were shot late Wednesday night, May 9, at a home in the 2300 block of Old Blackmon Lane, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office  press release.

  • Recycling Ruckus

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    With zoning that dates from when Indian Land was largely rural, it’s practically inevitable there would be clashes between long-established businesses and residents of the growing community.
    Last week, we examined the residents’ side of the latest of those clashes, which pits Indian Land residents Beverly Lynch, Jane Tanner and others against Pressley’s Recycling Center Inc.

  • Unlucky ‘breaks’ don’t slow down Buford’s Jay Chambers

    – Editor’s note: In the next three issues, The Lancaster News will profile students who have overcome the odds to earn a high school diploma in 2012.

    Sherry Archie
    For The Lancaster News
    About 7 a.m. Feb. 15, 2003, Justin “Jay” Chambers’ life changed forever.
    Chambers, who was 9 years old at the time, and his older sister, Chakina Clyburn, and their grandmother were involved in a horrific automobile accident on Rocky River Road. His grandmother, 66-year-old Bernice Clyburn, was killed instantly.

  • More than $60,000 stolen from HOPE

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The amount of money and equipment stolen from a local charity is now estimated at more than $60,000.
    Members of HOPE in Lancaster, a 501(c)(3) non-profit group that provides help with food and utility bills for local residents, announced the new estimate in a press release Friday, May 11. The amount includes computer equipment and assets stolen from HOPE.

  • Confederate Memorial Day ceremony is Tuesday

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     The memory of those who took part in the war between the states will be remembered at an upcoming special event.
    The local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp is holding its annual Confederate Memorial Day ceremony Tuesday, May 15, in front of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse in downtown Lancaster.

  • County GOP to hold candidates events

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster County Republican Party will hold a primary candidates debate in Lancaster on Thursday, May 17, followed by a forum with the GOP candidates in November’s general election.
    The local party  has also scheduled a meet-and-great with candidates scheduled for Tuesday, May 15.
    Meanwhile, in addition to the event announcements, Lancaster County GOP Chairwoman Sandy McGarry has released a statement concerning the fate of its S.C. House District 44 primary race.
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  • Event promoter addresses City Council

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     City Council members appear to be in support of an event that’s expected to draw up to 10,000 people to Lancaster Memorial Stadium next month.
    Grammy-nominated artist Slick Rick and fellow “old school” rapper Chubb Rock will perform at the stadium June 9 as part of the first-ever Lancaster Summer Fest. In addition to the performances, the rain-or-shine event will feature a live DJ, a bounce play zone for children, a video game truck and other activities.

  • Authorities investigate double murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Two men were killed this week in what investigators believe was a double shooting at a Lancaster home.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies found the men at 11:13 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, after responding to a shooting at a home in the 2300 block of Old Blackmon Lane, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. Old Blackmon Lane is near the intersection of Lynwood Drive and Airport and McIlwain roads