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  • House fire in Antioch claims one

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Authorities are investigating a house fire that claimed the life of an Antioch man Friday, Dec. 21.
    Meanwhile, family members are grieving a man they described as a kind, loving and giving person.
    Antioch Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Phillip Hall said his men and those from three other departments – Elgin, Camp Creek and city of Lancaster – were dispatched to 889 Potter Road at 12:08 p.m.

  • Judge sentences pharmacy robber

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    A York County man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison last week, a year after he was arrested for a series of armed robberies in pharmacies across several counties, including Lancaster.
    Ronald Carl Sims, 29, of Rock Hill, was sentenced to 11 years in the S.C. Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty Thursday, Dec. 20, to charges from a string of robberies in Lancaster and York counties in fall 2011, according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

  • Angels among us

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    It might be winter, but Seth’s Giving Tree continues to flourish.
    The foundation is nourished by Christmas love of an angel tree that unites young people and reaches out to needy families in the Buford community.
    Dubbed Seth’s Hope in honor of the late Seth Muennich, who was tragically killed in September 2011, the angel tree ministered to 53 families and 99 children this Christmas, up from 37 children the previous year.

  • Council approves Brooklyn demolitions

    The county took another step toward revitalizing Lancaster’s Brooklyn neighborhood during its last meeting of the year on Dec. 10.
    During the meeting, Council approved a demolition plan for several Brooklyn properties by a vote of 6-0. Councilman Larry Honeycutt was absent from the vote.
    County Administrator Steve Willis presented to council the original demolition plan for several buildings in the neighborhood, to be funded by a Community Development Block Grant.

  • Wanted man arrested after chase

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    A Kershaw man, who was wanted by police, remains jailed this week on a long list of charges after he ran from deputies and hid in a stranger’s home.
    Corey Demario Carruthers, 27, 486 Hill St., was arrested Dec. 14 after deputies saw him walking down a Kershaw street and chased after him, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    Carruthers was wanted on several outstanding warrants.

  • Fatality reported in Antioch house fire

    Firefighters and county investigators are on the scene of a house fire in the Antioch Community, near Antioch Volunteer Fire Department, where there is one reported fatality.

  • Statewide Amber Alert/police chase ends near county line

    UNION COUNTY, N.C. – Two small children were whisked to safety, and one man was arrested, after a police chase ended near an abandoned poultry farm just over the North Carolina line Thursday, Dec. 20. 

    Their father – Dennis Matthew Penny II, 37, of Mount Croghan – was arrested at about 11:45 a.m. on charges of first-degree burglary and kidnapping, according to press releases from both the Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Community reacts to Newtown shooting

    On Friday, Dec. 14, the nation reeled in horror at news of the tragedy that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., when a mentally ill man forced his way inside and murdered 20 children and six adults trying to protect them.

    A week later, the loss is still incomprehensible; the sense that if it could happen in Newtown it could happen anywhere.

  • Outgoing County Council members look back

    The memories of meetings long since past swirled about the historic courthouse earlier this month as three Lancaster County Council members said their goodbyes.

    Sharing food, laughs, hugs and remembrances with a large group of family and friends, outgoing council members Kathy Sistare, Rudy Carter and Cotton Cole were all recognized during a drop-in event Dec. 10.

    After saying a few words about each member, Councilman Larry Honeycutt presented each with a plaque, some adorned with ceremonial gavels, to thank them for their service.

  • Friends recall Reecie Pate as a people person

    A former Lancaster County probate judge died Tuesday after he collapsed while moving a bookshelf at his home.

    M.O. “Reecie” Pate, 84, held the office of probate judge in Lancaster County for two terms before retiring in 1994. 

    He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service as well. Current Probate Judge Sandra Estridge, who was hired by Pate as a legal clerk in 1989, ran for office after his retirement.