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  • Council approves joining urban planning group

    With urbanized clusters now springing up in the Panhandle, Lancaster County Council discussed the future of highway funding in that area during its first meeting of the year Monday, Jan. 14.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said due to Indian Land’s burgeoning population, as reflected in the 2010 Census, several stretches of the area are now designated as urban by the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG).

    As such, Wills said those areas no longer qualify for rural highway funding through COG, like the rest of Lancaster County.

  • Real estate agent charged with breach of trust

    A Lancaster real estate agent is facing multiple breach of trust charges in connection with more than $15,000 in missing funds from her workplace, according to newly released arrest warrants. 

    Kimberly Williams West, 46, 1505 Magnolia Drive, was arrested Oct. 25 and charged with seven counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent, per arrest warrants released Jan. 15 by the Lancaster Police Department. 

  • Women attacked by dogs in separate incidents

    A Lancaster woman is recovering from her injuries after she was bitten several times by a dog Jan. 12.

    Deputies spoke with the 51-year-old woman as she was being treated at Springs Memorial Hospital a few hours after the attack, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The woman said she was at her boyfriend’s home in the 2400 block of Pineview Drive at about 10:30 p.m. that day when the man’s German shepherd bit her.

  • Armed robber holds up Dollar General at Buford Crossroads

    Authorities are on the hunt for a man who robbed a store clerk at gunpoint late Wednesday night, Jan. 16.

    The armed robbery happened shortly before 10 p.m. at the Dollar General, at 4472 Pageland Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. The store is located at Buford Crossroads.

    Deputies responded a few minutes later and spoke with a female clerk. 

    The clerk reported that an unknown black man entered the store with a handgun while she was closing the store.  

  • Council votes to accept $1M for firefighters

    A packed house of firefighters waited anxiously Monday night, Jan. 14, moments before Lancaster County Council accepted a federal grant to boost manpower in the county’s fire service.

    Council chambers was packed before the vote with row after row of volunteer firefighters, fire chiefs and fire service members, many with their respective fire department logos emblazoned on their shirts.

  • Growth removes wildlife buffer

    INDIAN LAND – Blessed with an abundance of streams and rivers crisscrossing miles of rolling forests and rich farmland, Indian Land was once prized by the Catawba Indians and early settlers for its natural resources, including its wildlife.

    Though it’s easy to forget with all the suburban growth of the past decade, those rich forests off Indian Land’s main corridors are still home to an amazing range of wild game – including some species you might not expect to see so close to home. 

  • Faulkenberry basket fund nets more than $8K

    The recently concluded Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund provided assistance for many local families who have fallen on tough times.

    In its last report, HOPE in Lancaster had received $8,700 in donations, which goes toward food for Lancaster County families in need.

    The nonprofit organization manages the drive, which has just wrapped up its 53rd year.

    HOPE staff decided to extend the donation period this time until mid-January. In years past, it concluded at the end of December.

  • Woman reports attack at party

    Details surrounding the alledged attack of a woman at a house party earlier this month remain unclear, as investigators continue to interview witnesses.

    Officers responded at 3:53 a.m. Jan. 2 to a home in the 300 block of Elm Street about a loud noise complaint, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    When they arrived, officers saw several vehicles leaving the area, though there were still several people inside the home.  

  • Gunshots fired into homes

    No arrests have been made in separate incidents in which gunshots were apparently fired into homes in Lancaster County.
    Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Jan 2, Lancaster police officers responded to the 1800 block of Pardue Street after receiving an anonymous call about shots fired in the area.
    Neighbors pointed police to two apartments that had been struck by bullets. Both are in the 1500 block, the report said.

  • Governor’s school students take wing at Bermuda High Soaring

    JEFFERSON – Think back to high school physics.

    Admit it, even if you enjoyed science, sitting in a classroom studying concepts and formulas for hours could sometimes be a boring bummer.

    That’s definitely not the case for a group of students from the S.C. Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics this week whose classroom is the wide open skies above Lancaster County.