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  • Small named new city fire chief

    Jesef Williams 

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com 

    The city of Lancaster looked within to find its new fire chief. 

    On Tuesday, City Council voted unanimously to name Chuck Small chief of the Lancaster Fire Department. 

    He succeeds Chris Nunnery, who recently stepped down to take a job as the county’s 911 director. 

    A Lancaster native, Small, 53, has been with the department since 1978. He’s been its battalion chief for the last five years. 

  • Black Friday shoppers scramble for deals

    Chris Sardelli 

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    A precarious tower of boxes teetered back and forth inside Kaye Eubank’s shopping cart Friday morning as she slowly walked the aisles of Walmart. 

  • Alcohol now an option at city events

    Jesef Williams 

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    Derek Smith believes Lancaster City Council has made a big mistake in regards to alcohol. 

    The Lancaster resident spoke at council’s meeting Tuesday, when it passed final reading of an ordinance to allow alcohol sales at city-sponsored events. 

    The vote was 6-1, with Councilwoman Linda-Blackmon Brace dissenting. 

  • Lancaster woman reports mail scam

    Chris Sardelli 

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    A Lancaster woman who thought she won a sweepstakes may actually be on the hook for thousands of dollars. 

  • County discusses rental status of nonprofit agencies

    Jesef Williams 

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com 

     The fate of two well-known nonprofit agencies was front and center Nov. 14 as Lancaster County Council discussed their respective housing situations. 

    Council held a required public hearing during the early part of the Nov. 14 meeting for anyone to share concerns about plans to lease part of the county's Covenant Street property to Lancaster County Red Cross. 

  • Council to look at HOPE lease

    Lancaster County Council will consider lease options for a local charitable organization at its Monday meeting. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis said council members will discuss waiving rent payments for HOPE in Lancaster, an organization that provides food and help with utility bills for local families. HOPE operates out of a county building at 2008 Pageland Highway and council will decide whether to suspend rent payments for the group. 

  • Rock Hill man arrested at Lancaster football game

    Police arrested a Rock Hill man for allegedly threatening a crowd of spectators after a football game in Lancaster Monday night. 

    At least eight people called 911 shortly before 8 p.m. to report an irate man screaming and cursing at them at Lancaster High School's Memorial Stadium, according to a police department incident report. The disturbance happened during the closing minutes of a game between Rock Hill and Lancaster at the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation's central district playoffs for small fry and mites all-stars. 

  • David Eugene Watts, 66

    David Eugene Watts, 66

    David Eugene Watts, 66, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. 

    He was the son of the late James Connie Watts and Connie Mae Ghent Watts.

    Survivors include the love of his life, Dianne Jenkins Watts; a son, Phillip Watts of Cape Coral, Fla.; a daughter, Lorrie Price of Lancaster; four sisters, Idell Roberts, Betty Lou Criminger, Barbara Faile and Frances “Sis” Casey, all of Lancaster; and four grandchildren, Carla Price, Cayce Price, Madison Watts and Nicholas Watts.

  • Wolcott Hastings Fuller, 96

    Wolcott Hastings Fuller, 96

    Wolcott Hastings Fuller, 96, of 1219 Gladstone Road, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at White Oak Manor. He was born Aug. 25, 1915, in Hartford Conn., the son of the late Harold Denison Fuller and Elvira Parsons Fuller and was the husband of Margaret Emily Farmer Fuller. Mr. Fuller was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps., having served as lieutenant and a pilot instructor. Mr. Fuller worked at A.I.U. International Insurance Co., and retired as president of Hay Fales and Company on Wall Street, N.Y.     

  • Suelee Thompson, 78

    Suelee Thompson, 78

    Suelee Thompson, 78, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011.  

    He was the son of the late Boisey Thompson and Mammie Carter Thompson. He was married to Ellen Wright Thompson.

    Survivors include his wife of Lancaster; two sons, Donnie Thompson of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Morris Thompson of Bryans Rapid, Mich; one daughter, Nikki Cunningham of Indian Land; four sisters, Salley Ann Thompson of New Jersey, Charlotte Sims of Rock Hill, Bernice Bostick and Sadie Hooper of Washington.