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  • Community turns out to support Habitat

    Nita Brown
    For The Lancaster News
    Residents throughout Lancaster County turned out to celebrate New Year’s and support Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County.
    Pamela Giardiello, chairwoman of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County, said she is grateful for the support of the “Topping Out” New Year’s Eve fundraiser at the Fairway Room on Dec. 31.
    Habitat’s mission is to provide affordable homes for lower-income families in Lancaster County.

  • New state laws in effect for 2012

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A cap on lawsuit awards, immigration checks for employees and photo IDs to register a new vehicle top the list of new South Carolina laws that went into effect Sunday, Jan. 1.
    Tort reform
    The S.C. Fairness in Civil Justice Act of 2011, signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley on June 14, 2011, limits punitive damages in most civil lawsuits to $500,000 or three times the actual damages, whichever is greater.
    The law only affects new lawsuits filed after Jan. 1 and allows for exceptions.

  • Store robbed Friday

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    No arrests have been made in the Friday night armed robbery of a Meeting Street gas station.
    An officer came to the Westgate Exxon shortly after 8:30 p.m. to talk with the store clerk, who said she was robbed at gunpoint about 10 minutes prior, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The clerk was in the cooler stocking drinks when a man entered the store.
    The man had his back toward the clerk when she walked behind the counter and tried to assist him, the report said.

  • Santa delivers cheer by firetruck

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    INDIAN LAND – Santa took time out of his busy schedule Christmas Eve to accompany the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land fire departments for the 20th year of the Panhandle Project, which distributes Christmas gifts and other goodies to local families in need.
    Volunteers gathered at the Pleasant Valley Fire Department early Dec. 24 to load presents and food boxes onto the firetrucks, which were bound for the homes of 28 families in the panhandle area of Lancaster County.

  • Bernice Clyburn Carelock, 85

    Bernice Clyburn Carelock, 85

  • Bernice Clyburn Carelock, 85

    Bernice Clyburn Carelock, 85

  • A new chapter

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    As her last week of work with the county came to a close, Cassie Stump sat back in her chair and considered the few small mementos left on her desk.
    Stump, who ended her more than two decades of service to the county last week, had already boxed up most of her belongings, though a few items remained.

  • Ring in New Year safely

    It’s hard to believe 2011 is nearly over. Despite the fact that economists say we’ve now been in a economic recovery for a good two years now, 2011 was still a hard year, especially for the nearly 12.6 percent of us still out of work in Lancaster County.

  • Put America first, not your political party

    It amazes me as to how the media actually functions and expects the people to continue to support them.
    While watching Fox News, they displayed a banner asking the viewers to Twitter their responses to the following question: “Have you chosen your candidate for the presidential election yet, or are you still undecided?”
    Are they serious?
    With the current slate of Republican candidates constantly attacking one another and basically self-destructing on a daily basis, how can that question be asked seriously?

  • New zoning committee needed for Panhandle

    On Oct. 24, Lancaster County Council Chairwoman Kathy Sistare appointed Councilmen Larry McCullough and Larry Honeycutt and Councilwoman Charlene McGriff to a committee to look into reworking the 88 permitted uses in Zoning Classification B-3 and applying the revised categories to the Panhandle area.
    After meeting several times in secret, the committee did come up with a means of subdividing the B-3 classification into smaller classifications.