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  • Walnut Creek complex opens

    After years in the making, Lancaster County is the proud owner of a new 60-acre, $7 million park complex in Indian Land: Walnut Creek Park.

    Residents of Walnut Creek, the once-troubled neighborhood formerly known as Edenmoor, joined the subdivision’s developers and county officials Wednesday, April 24, for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the park’s turnover to county control.

  • LAPS to assist with GEDs, criminal records

    A local crime-awareness group wants to spread the word about two initiatives aimed to help residents find work.

    LAPS (Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy) is accepting information from county residents who want to clean their criminal record and who don’t have a high school diploma.

  • Deer soars through pickup on north main

    A Monroe, N.C., man found himself face to face with a deer moments after the animal crashed through the driver’s side window of his pickup Tuesday, April 23, on North Main Street. 

    The crash, which also sent shattered glass flying into the face of another driver, happened at about 3:50 p.m. near the Lancaster Square shopping center. 

    Donald Belk Jr., 62, was headed north on U.S. 521 when the deer hit the side of his white Ford pickup, according to a Lancaster Police Department traffic collision report. 

  • Council approves five new positions at sheriff’s office

    With a push for 24-hour public service at the county’s new sheriff’s office, Lancaster County Council approved five new positions for the facility during its April 22 meeting. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented a request from Sheriff Barry Faile to hire four new records clerical positions to assist with 24-hour, 7-day-a-week service at the new sheriff’s office, as well as a new custodial position. 

  • KVLT lecture highlights threatened Catawba village sites

    University of North Carolina archeologist Dr. Stephen Davis pointed to a screen showing a satellite image of a housing development under construction in the Nation Ford area of Fort Mill.

    At the center, superimposed on a grid of curving gray roads and the empty dirt lots of a budding golf community, is a red circle marking the location of a nearly 300-year-old Catawba Indian settlement.

  • Rigsbee to serve 5 years for fatal wreck

    The Indian Land man charged in a fatal wreck last year on Harrisburg Road will spend five years in prison.  

    William Justin Rigsbee, 28, received the five-year sentence during a General Sessions court hearing April 15 at the Lancaster County Courthouse. Circuit Court Judge J. Ernest Kinard Jr. presided. 

    On Jan. 8, 2012, Rigsbee was driving a Chevrolet truck east on Harrisburg Road when he lost control and ran off the right side of the road, according to a media release from the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office. 

  • HOPE in Lancaster celebrates 30 years of providing hope

    The Rev. James “Jim” White stared at the list of typed names he was holding in his hands inside the historic Lancaster County Courthouse on Sunday, April 21.

    The 30th anniversary program for HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster was six pages long. One of those pages was filled with names such as HOPE organizers James Bradley, T. Thomas, Brown Wylie and Lester Robinson. 

  • Kershaw law enforcement cost climbs

    KERSHAW – Law enforcement coverage for the town of Kershaw will soon cost more.

    During the Thursday, April 18, Town Council meeting, Town Administrator Bryan Pettit gave an update on forthcoming changes to the contract with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Because of cost-of-living and insurance rate increases, the town will pay the sheriff’s office $18,597 more per year beginning with the 2013-14 budget year. 

    That raises the annual  cost from $451,000 to nearly $470,000.

  • Man attacked in Shelton Street home

    A Lancaster man was bruised, swollen and bloody after he was attacked by two men inside his home on April 14.

    Deputies responded at 12:47 a.m. to the 1800 block of Shelton Street after receiving a 911 call about an assault, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    At the scene, deputies spoke with a woman who said her nephew had just been assaulted by two black men who came into their home, but left before deputies arrived.

  • Police charge man in assault, burglary at Pardue Street home

    A Lancaster man was arrested on  a host of charges last month after an early-morning assault left a woman bleeding.

    Danielle Lamar Peay, 25, 1248 Old Greensbriar Drive, was arrested March 31 on charges of first-degree burglary, two counts of criminal domestic violence, returning to premises, alighting from a moving vehicle, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent crime, unlawful carrying of a pistol, resisting arrest and littering, according to Lancaster Municipal Court records.