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  • LARS announces expansion

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lisa Woods had been waiting and watching intently for when widespread public transportation would become a reality in Lancaster County.
    On Thursday, Nov. 29, her wishes came true as Lancaster Area Ride Service (LARS) announced a major expansion of its program, which began in 2009.

  • County questions abandoned 911 plan

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    Questions abounded from Lancaster County Council members Monday night, Nov. 26, about  recent news that the city of Lancaster had abandoned a plan for a joint E-911 center.
    County Administrator Steve Willis informed council members that Lancaster City Council elected to keep its own 911 center, effectively halting a proposed plan to merge both the city and county’s 911 dispatch centers.

  • City gets favorable audit

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The city of Lancaster has again received a favorable review of its financial activities.
    Blair, Bohle & Whitsitt of Charlotte conducted the city's 2011-12 audit, which was presented to Lancaster City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
    The firm issued a “clean opinion” of the city’s governmental and business activities, which means things are in good standing. The audit also reviewed each major city fund, its balance and its accounting practices.

  • Man accidentally shot in face

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    A Charlotte man is recovering from his injuries after a ricocheting bullet struck him in the face at a Lancaster home on Thanksgiving Day.
    A sheriff’s deputy spoke with a nurse about the shooting shortly after it happened Nov. 22. The nurse, who works at Carolina’s Medical Center in Waxhaw, N.C., said a 50-year-old Charlotte man came in with a gunshot wound to his face, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Deputies nab suspect in string of car larcenies at repair shop

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man faces a host of larceny charges after authorities say he broke into multiple vehicles during the past two months.
    Altonio Demonte Huntley, 18, 2603 Potter Road, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 22, in connection to a string of thefts from Cook’s Transmissions, 113 Twilight Road, Lancaster.  
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Huntley’s arrest Tuesday, Nov. 27.

  • Two LHS students arrested for drugs

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Police arrested two juveniles at Lancaster High School last month after they were caught with a commonly abused prescription drug.
    School officials called the school resource office about 1 p.m. Nov. 19 in regards to a 15-year-old male student who had been caught with eight and a half “Xanax bars.”
    The 2-milligram, elongated pills, which can be broken into four portions, are the highest dosage of the prescription drug alprazolam, sold under the trade name Xanax.

  • Flu spikes earlier than usual

    Springs Memorial Hospital announced Friday, Nov. 30, it is implementing a temporary limited visitation policy due to the high number of flu cases in the area.

    According to a news release from the hospital, the temporary policy, which begins Monday, Dec. 3, limits visitation for the following:

    • Children under age 12 will not be allowed to visit patient rooms and emergency room patients.

  • Thaxton investors to get money back, plus some

    Investors in the once-beleaguered Thaxton Group define fiscal cliff in another way.

    Hopefully in three weeks, those investors who saw their life savings disappear will finally be able to step back from the brink of that cliff. 

    They will finally get all their money back, plus a little more.

  • County’s jobless rate falls slightly

    Employment in Lancaster County appears to be improving, at least from a statistical standpoint. 

    The county had an unemployment rate of 10.8 percent in October, a small drop from the 10.9 percent posted in September, according to figures released last week by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

    In comparison, Lancaster County posted a 13.4 percent unemployment rate in October 2011. 

  • Municipalities must now approve smoking ban

    While Lancaster County Council decided this week to snuff out smoking in enclosed public spaces, residents will have three months to prepare before the penalties go into effect. 

    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis is hoping to educate residents and business owners about the specifics of the newly approved ordinance. 

    Though it technically went into effect Monday night, Nov. 26, Willis said its penalties aren’t enforceable until March 1, 2013.