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  • Bus driver claims intimidation by parent

    Tensions between a Lancaster County School District school bus driver and a student’s father led to accusations of intimidation against the father, but no charges.

    According to the Feb. 3, incident report, a bus driver dropping children off at a stop near Elm Street and Blue Lane called the Lancaster County School District bus depot to report a man “sitting on the sidewalk with a long gun across his lap.”

  • Time short for gaming machines

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has three words of caution this week for people who don’t remove sweepstakes gaming machines from their businesses: “Take your chances.”

    With the state Legislature on its way to closing a perceived loophole regarding the legality of sweepstakes machines, Faile is joining with several law enforcement agencies throughout the state to crack down on those using or possessing the machines. 

  • Blaze destroys shop, man escapes uninjured

    Only a charred, burned-out shell remained hours after a blaze tore through a shop building along a quiet county street over the weekend. 

    Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies both responded to a 911 call about a structure fire just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the 3100 block of George Carnes Road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    A responding deputy noted the shop was fully engulfed in flames when he arrived at the scene. 

  • Deputies trying to piece together shooting in nightclub parking lot

    A man was shot outside a Lancaster nightclub early Sunday morning, Feb. 3, and deputies are still trying to piece the incident together.

    Sheriff’s deputies found the 23-year-old man at 1:36 a.m. after responding to a reported shooting outside Grown Folks night club, 1418 Kershaw Camden Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The victim told deputies he was standing in the club parking lot when he heard gunshots and then realized he had been shot.

  • School leaders consider direction for 2013-14

    Lancaster County School District officials began laying the groundwork for the coming school year last weekend during the annual school board/superintendent’s planning session

    This year’s meeting, attended by board members and school administrators, was held Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2,  at the Home Place Bed and Breakfast in the Tradesville community.

    Among the many topics under consideration during the two-day meeting were school safety, technology and the 2013-14 school year calendar.

  • Medical options available locally

    There’s a special gold bell inside Lancaster Radiation Therapy Center that cancer patients ring three times upon completing their series of treatments.

    The bell ringing is a celebration for all involved – patients, their families and even the medical staff. 

    It’s a place where hugs and kisses are doled out. Some days smiles fill that room. Some days, it’s tears of joy.

    The plated text below the bell, presented in poem form, sums up the experience.

  • Woman accused of $7,756 food stamps swindle

    Deputies arrested a Lancaster woman Jan. 16 after an investigation into almost $8,000 in defrauded food stamps.

    Janet Renee Helms, 33, 998 Hampton Grace Ave., was arrested on a charge of fraudulent acquisition or use of food stamps, valued at $5,000 or more, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • High winds fuel brush fire

    Firefighters with six different departments responded to a brush fire on Ponderosa Road outside Lancaster on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 30.

    Whipped by winds in advance of a large thunderstorm system that crossed the region Wednesday evening, the fire spread rapidly, scorching five to six acres of property on both sides of the road.

  • 911 call of armed man locks down IL schools

    All three Indian Land schools were locked down Tuesday, Jan. 29, after a man was seen near campus carrying what was thought to be a gun, but turned out to be a popular recreational replica.

    Lancaster County School District Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said the incident happened about 2:20 p.m. just as students at Indian Land Elementary School were being dismissed for the day.

  • Family Promise holds annual meeting

    More church congregations than ever before are opening up their sanctuaries and hearts to help homeless families in Lancaster County. 

    To date, 20 local churches work with Family Promise, an interfaith network that provides housing and other life-enhancing resources for homeless families in the county. 

    An update on that list of churches, along with a financial overview and plans for generating money, was discussed during Family Promise of Lancaster County’s annual meeting Tuesday, Jan. 29, at First Baptist Church.