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  • Stamp Out Hunger

    Dr. John Murdock, left, holds the door as Barry Catoe, a supervisor at the U.S. Postal Service office in Lancaster, moves a pallet of food to be sorted during the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger! food drive on Saturday, May 11. Now in its 21st year, the food drive is the largest single-day food drive in the United States. Food collected in Lancaster County is delivered to HOPE in Lancaster. Murdock is a member of the HOPE board of directors. Last year, more than 9,000 pounds of food benefited HOPE’s food pantry.

  • Group renews effort to incorporate IL

    A group of Indian Land residents, fed up with what they say is the county’s lack of movement on dire issues affecting the community has reinvigorated its efforts to garner support for incorporation as a municipality.

    Though activity by the special interest group Indian Land Voice flagged somewhat last year, the group now has new officers, a second wind and is pressing forward in the process.

  • More houses being built in the county?

    Statistics suggest more houses are being built in the county.

    The Market Edge, a company that gathers building-permit information, released data last month that shows trends for counties in the Charlotte region, including Lancaster County.

    According to the report, 766 residential building permits were issued in Lancaster County in 2012. The year before, 585 were issued.

  • Drive-by shooting at Pardue Street apartment complex

    Two Lancaster residents were not harmed after someone shattered their glass front door during an apparent drive-by shooting May 3. 

    Police raced to the 1800 block of Pardue Street about 11:35 p.m. after receiving a 911 call that someone fired between five and six gunshots in that area, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    Officers arrived to find a large crowd in the area and also noticed a shattered screen door at a nearby apartment, the report said. 

  • Thank you, with a hug

    Melissa Peach hugs S.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. Randy Walters at Chick-fil-A on May 4 during a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Peach was thanking Walters and the other troopers for their service. Today, May 15, is Peace Officers Memorial Day. There will be a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. today at the Lancaster County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial behind Lancaster County Courthouse. Residents are urged to take time this week to tell law officers how much their service is appreciated.

       

  • Flags at half-staff on Wednesday

    Flags across the nation will fly at half-staff on Wednesday, May 15, in honor of the Peace Officers Memorial Day.

  • Man dies after ejected from truck

    A Lancaster man died early Sunday, May 12, after he was ejected from a pickup truck along a county road. 

    Otis Patterson, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-vehicle accident shortly after 2 a.m., said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome. He died from blunt force trauma to his head and chest, Broome said. 

  • City Council set to vote on proposed 2013-14 budget

    Lancaster City Council is preparing to take its first official action on the 2013-14 budget.
    First reading of the proposed $19.4 million budget is set to occur during the Tuesday, May 14, City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at Lancaster City Hall.
    Council held its most recent budget work session Thursday, May 9. City Finance Director James Absher said there hasn’t been much change in the proposed figures since the recommended budget was presented to council April 30.

  • Leadership Lancaster spends day in Columbia

    I didn’t realize there were so many monuments and statues on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbia.
    Prior to last week, I had visited the building only once. And that was back in high school when I played in a special band on the steps to celebrate the Christmas season.
    I remember playing a few yuletide songs, seeing the governor speak on the steps and then leaving. This time – minus a saxophone to tote and free of cold weather – my visit lasted much longer and was definitely more enlightening.

  • County Council debates budget

    Rising insurance costs, potential hikes to the county road fee and elimination of 4-H funds were all ideas hashed out during Lancaster County Council’s special budget workshop Tuesday, May 7.
    As council prepares to hear first reading of the county’s fiscal year 2013-14 budget during its Monday, May 13, meeting, several County Council and staff members met to discuss this year’s “big ticket” funding items, as well as options to balance the budget.