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  • City settles with fired detective

    Former Lancaster police officer Pat Parsons and the city of Lancaster have reached an out-of-court settlement in his lawsuit against the city. 

    Mike Malone, the city’s labor attorney, said Friday that the two sides agreed to a deal in principle on July 28 and finalized that deal Thursday. 

  • Kershaw seeks to recoup taxes

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw hopes to recoup money it now realizes may be owed to them by the federal government. 

    Town Council voted 6-0 Monday to contract with Municipal Energy Consultants LLC, a California company that is letting local governments know they can get rebates for paying federal excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel. 

    The company says municipalities are exempt from paying the taxes, which are automatically levied when you pay for fuel at a gas station.  

  • Heath Springs continues with its town renovations

    HEATH SPRINGS – With sweeping renovations done to the outside of Heath Springs Town Hall and the adjoining fire station, officials are now turning their attention to the interior. 

    At its monthly meeting Tuesday, Town Council discussed preliminary pricing for new carpet, lighting and paint throughout the Duncan Street building, including the business office and meeting room. 

  • Redistricting map to be considered at meeting

    Lancaster County Council will look at adopting a county redistricting map for use in a series of public hearings when it meets Monday. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis said a large map will be available at the meeting for council and the public to review. The map will include a proposed split between the northern and southern portions of the Panhandle into two separate county districts. 

  • Man stabbed during robbery

    Investigators are still trying to find out what happened during a robbery and attack reported at a Lancaster home earlier this month. 

    The case, which involves a 59-year-old man who was reportedly stabbed during a Aug. 7 home robbery, is still under investigation and leads are still being tracked down, said Maj. Matt Shaw with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. 

  • Toddler killed Thursday night

    A 17-month-old boy died Thursday after being hit by a minivan just outside his home in the Buford community.  

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said Cody Livesay died at the scene from head trauma that was caused by the accident, which happened at 5:48 p.m. 

    A 2004 Kia minivan was traveling west on Loraine Lane when the toddler walked or crawled in the road and was struck, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. 

    No other injuries were reported. 

  • Changes possible for school board

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis was the bearer of bad news for Lancaster County school board members during Tuesday night’s monthly meeting – changing County Council districts mean someone on the school board is going to lose their job.
    The news came as Willis updated school board members on the county’s ongoing redistricting process, a state-mandated, once-a-decade reshaping of county council voting districts based on population.

  • Remains may be missing woman

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    The search for a missing 68-year-old woman may be over after human remains were found in a wooded area behind a Lancaster home Tuesday.
    Authorities were called to a home in the 1700 block of Old Lynwood Circle at about 10:30 a.m. after a dog discovered a human skull and carried it into the backyard, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release said.

  • Fires may be related

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Years before it closed, Kirk’s Grocery was the place to go for its selection of fresh meats and vegetables, but on Thursday morning the now-abandoned store became the latest in a string of unexplained fires in the county.

  • Officials search for 2 armed robbers

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Police investigators are hoping surveillance footage will help them track down two men who robbed an East Arch Street convenience store Tuesday night.
    Lancaster police officers responded shortly before 9:30 p.m. to an armed robbery at the Quick Stop at 602 E. Arch St.
    The store clerk met officers at the front door and said two men had just robbed her, according to a police department incident report.