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  • Pressley’s Recycling Center offers $50,000 reward for fire info

    INDIAN LAND – Pressley’s Recycling Center owner Ron Olsen is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or people, responsible for burning a piece of heavy equipment at his company in December.

    Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments responded to the business at 9531 Charlotte Highway just before midnight Dec. 9, 2012, in regards to what was originally believed to have been a brush fire.

  • City Council, staff treated to ethics session

    Can an elected official accept gifts? Under what circumstances must a council person not vote? Do they have to report all income?

    Such pervasive questions were brought to the forefront April 2 during an ethics training session at Lancaster City Hall.

    Cathy Hazelwood, general counsel for the S.C. State Ethics Commission, led the session, which was geared toward City Council members and city department heads.

    Hazelwood talked early on about potential family conflicts for council members.

  • House shot in possible drive-by

    A Lancaster woman and her boyfriend were shaken, but uninjured, after a possible drive-by shooting near their home March 18. 

    Officers were dispatched at about 10:30 p.m. to a home in the 100 block of Preston Lane after a 911 call about a drive-by shooting, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    A 911 dispatcher advised officers that no one was injured during the shooting and that no one saw the vehicle leave. 

  • Men try apparent scam at Publix supermarket

    Deputies are looking for two men who unsuccessfully tried to buy a slew of gift cards at an Indian Land supermarket late last month in a possible scam.

    Employees at Publix, 8360 Charlotte Highway, called 911 about 5:30 p.m. March 22, to report that two men tried to buy goods under false pretenses, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Blackwelder: Plane crash never happened

    An urgent 911 call about a possible airplane in trouble Tuesday, April 9, turned out to be a standard training routine, according to local fire officials.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said reports of a plane in distress or a downed airplane in the northern end of the county were simply a misunderstanding. The calls were received Tuesday afternoon and emergency crews spent several hours searching for a possible crash site.

  • Changes coming

     Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster Police Department will undergo some structural changes.
    Police Chief Harlean Howard spoke about her restructuring request during the Tuesday, March 26, City Council meeting.
    She spoke of the personnel changes the department has experienced over the past six months.
    “Three senior officers retired due to changes in the retirement system,” Howard said.

  • Old jail stabilized

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Display space for historical artifacts, office space for outside agencies or extra room for the economic development corporation are all ideas being floated for the county’s newly stabilized historic jail building.
    Almost three years after severe cracks were found in the jail and less than a year after county officials approved $75,000 to stabilize the walls and ceilings inside the structure, Lancaster County Council discussed ideas for using the space during its March 25 meeting.

  • City staff seeking grants

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Officials want to see if the city of Lancaster can further solidify itself as a regional arts advocate.
    Teresa Meeks, the city’s support service director, and Cherry Doster, who works in marketing for the city, spoke at City Council’s March 26 meeting about the chance to establish an arts business incubator in the city.

  • City of Lancaster seeking summer interns

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The city of Lancaster is once again looking for college workers.
    Its staff is now accepting applications for the city’s 2013 summer internship program.
    Five college students will be selected to work in eight different city departments for 10 weeks from May 28 to Aug. 5.
    Each intern will work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The pay is $7.25 per hour.

  • County building permit numbers increase

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Regional statistics suggest the housing market is continuing to strengthen.
    Last month, the Catawba Regional Council of Governments released data that compared the number of building permits issued in 2011 to 2012.
    The figures are for Chester, Lancaster, Union (S.C.) and York counties. Those counties make up the Catawba Regional’s service area.