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  • 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.

  • Officer slightly hurt in scuffle

    A chaotic traffic stop resulted in slight injuries for a Lancaster police officer and the arrests of two Lancaster men Dec. 30.

    Police first arrested Kenneth Thompson Jr., 27, 2072 Bacon St., on charges of assault on a police officer while resisting arrest, driving under the influence (second offense), driving under suspension and failure to surrender drivers license, after he was pulled over for speeding, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Howard unanimous pick for mayor pro tempore

    A longtime Lancaster City Council member is once again taking on a leadership role.

    At its Tuesday, Jan. 8, meeting, City Council unanimously voted to appoint  John Howard as mayor pro tempore. 

    That means Howard acts as city mayor in Joe Shaw’s absence.

    Howard, 62, who represents District 5, has served on City Council since 1982. He said this is his third time serving as mayor pro tempore.

  • Contingency money for Streetscape should improve efficiency, ensure fairness

    A slight change in the city of Lancaster’s Streetscape beautification project is expected to yield more fairness and efficiency during the construction process.

    At its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously in favor of a request to put $7,883 in contingency money toward its latest Streetscape project, which will bring new lighting, sidewalks and other improvements along South Main Street.

  • Schools get new buses for special-needs students

    Lancaster County School District is the proud owner of new school buses this semester thanks, in large part, to the S.C. Education Lottery.

    The six buses, worth nearly $500,000 in all, are among 342 new special-needs school buses the S.C. Department of Education delivered to school districts last month.

    “Transporting students safely to and from school is a priority for the department and school districts,” S.C. Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais said during a press conference.