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  • Love for others motivated life of the Rev. Dr. John Platt

     

    Some people are motivated by their love of others, and no one loved people more than the Rev. Dr. John Platt, a former Lancaster resident and missions director of the Moriah Baptist Association who made his mark on Lancaster and the world, friends and associates said.

    Platt, born in 1938, died Saturday in Columbia after about a four-year battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Gaskins Platt.

  • A century of service

    Right now, there are three learning petals missing from the big daisy on Courtney Duncan’s bright blue Girl Scout vest, but she’s getting there.

    Only 6, Courtney joined the Girl Scouts just after her fifth birthday.

    “I like selling cookies,” Courtney said while attending the local 100th anniversary celebration of Girl Scouts on Sunday at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse and Museum. “I sold 139 boxes.”

  • Mobile home destroyed in Monday morning fire

    No one was injured in a fire that claimed a family’s mobile home Monday morning.

    The fire, which severely damaged a doublewide mobile home in the 300 block of Gills Creek Drive, first caught the attention of a nearby resident Monday. 

    “It was about 8:40 a.m. when it was called in,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder. “A neighbor saw the house across the street from them with fire coming out of it.”

  • Man arrested after biting bar manager

    A Lancaster man led police officers on a foot chase moments after he bit a bar manager in the hand, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    Ronnie James Dunn, 20, 2007 Great Falls Highway, was charged Feb. 27 with assault and battery, malicious injury to property and disorderly conduct. 

    Officers with the Lancaster Police Department came to the Carriage Inn Motel on North Main Street after 11 p.m. Feb. 27 in response to a call about someone hanging from the back of a moving pick-up truck. 

  • Man arrested after biting bar manager

    A Lancaster man led police officers on a foot chase moments after he bit a bar manager in the hand, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    Ronnie James Dunn, 20, 2007 Great Falls Highway, was charged Feb. 27 with assault and battery, malicious injury to property and disorderly conduct. 

    Officers with the Lancaster Police Department came to the Carriage Inn Motel on North Main Street after 11 p.m. Feb. 27 in response to a call about someone hanging from the back of a moving pick-up truck. 

  • Christopher Ashley, 31

    Christopher Ashley, 31, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A funeral service was Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Beacon Baptist Church in Lancaster with the Rev. Doug Sehorne officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Great Falls.

  • Judge denies McIlwain bond

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     The Lancaster man accused of killing a former Major League Baseball player will remain behind bars, at least for now.
    Judge Brooks Goldsmith denied bond Thursday afternoon for Derrick McIlwain, 37, 1441, Tripp Lane, who’s been charged with murder in the Feb. 7 shooting death of Danny Clyburn Jr.

  • Newsroom staff wins 11 SCPA awards

    Staff Reports
    The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway newsroom staff won 11 S.C. Press Association awards this year, including a second place for General Excellence.
    The awards were distributed at the annual SCPA meeting held over the weekend at Folly Beach.
    Also, Susan Rowell, The Lancaster News publisher, was elected president of the SCPA during the meeting.

  • Man walks away from plane crash

    Denyse Clark and Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – A Rock Hill man flagged down a ride to Lancaster minutes after crash landing a small plane near Richburg on Thursday.
    About 3:25 p.m., a caller to 911 reported she witnessed a plane hit the ground near Mount Ararat Road, near the Circle S Ranch off S.C. 9. Moments later, officials confirmed the crash and initially reported the plane was unmanned.

  • City moves forward with Brooklyn work

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Work continues on the multi-phase effort to revitalize Lancaster’s Brooklyn Avenue area.
    At its Tuesday meeting, City Council unanimously accepted a bid to place a soil cap over a portion of the city’s property on 15th Street. The cap will “cover some environmental concerns” identified during an assessment of the property, said City Administrator Helen Sowell.