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  • Man turns himself in after accidental shooting in HS

    A Lancaster man was charged Wednesday, four days after authorities say he accidentally shot a man Saturday in Heath Springs.
    Cameron Leroy Maier, 20, of 4424 Fletcher Funderburk Road, Lancaster, turned himself in to deputies at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
    Deputies responded early Saturday morning to a shooting at a field located near 1079 Wendover Road. There they found Thomas Sutter, 20, of Lancaster had been shot in the back during a bonfire and party, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • 2 people hurt in shooting

    As helicopters buzzed overhead, deputies and first responders arrived at the scene of a double shooting on Shiloh Unity Road Thursday afternoon.
    The shooting involved three family members – Spoffard James Evans, 41; his father, Dwight Spencer Evans, 65, both of 3522 Shiloh Unity Road, and Jataune Tyrone Richardson, 34, of 3546 Shiloh Unity Road, according to a sheriff’s office press release. Richardson is the son-in-law of the senior Evans.

  • No school in Lancaster County on Friday

    Dangerous black ice, icy roads in neighborhoods and rural areas, unsafe parking lots and sidewalks, and plunging temperatures mean schools will be closed again Friday.

  • Mulvaney reacts to shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Less than a week into his first term as U.S. Congressman, Mick Mulvaney participated in a joint conference call with hundreds of House members about security after the shooting of a Congresswoman last Saturday.

  • Snow – joy, misery!

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    If there ever was a polar opposite of the snow that fell three weeks ago in Lancaster County, this week’s snow storm was it.
    The former, much anticipated and brief, came the day after Christmas, settling postcard beautiful. The roads, for the most part, left unscathed and open.
    Then there was this one, drab and gray, a snow event that started off lovely enough, but soon turned to sleet and freezing rain, leaving roads nearly impassible and slick as hockey rinks. The effects are still being felt.

  • ILAC touts need for tax district

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – Just two days after Lancaster County Council approved first reading of the ordinance to establish the Indian Land Fire Protection District, you might think the Indian Land Action Council (ILAC) would be starting to relax their campaign.
    Not so.
    Instead, the group held another Q&A session on the subject at the Del Webb Library on Thursday night, this time drawing about 45 community members. That’s more than four times the number at its Q&A at the same location last month.

  • Once-in-a-lifetime trip for reporter

    “Sir, please empty your pockets and step through the scanner.”
    The U.S. Capitol policeman held out a bucket into which I quickly placed my watch, wedding ring, wallet and phone. My bag and coat took a trip through an X-ray machine and I spent quite a few minutes having my various forms of ID scrutinized.
    With my hands outstretched, I was wanded with a metal detector and only then was I finally cleared to head into the Longworth Building, a large office structure sitting in the U.S. Capitol’s backyard.

  • County to draw up Edenmoor contract

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster County Forfeited Land Commission has agreed to move forward with a proposal by Charlotte-based real estate developers to purchase Indian Land’s troubled Edenmoor residential development.
    The announcement came during a commission meeting Friday with representatives of Citizens Homes Inc. and Reilly Properties, a partnership interested in buying 222 Edenmoor parcels. The Edenmoor land became available for bid in early December.
    In winning the bid, the companies beat out L Star of Raleigh.

  • Field set for Senate race

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     Seven people, including five Republicans, will seek the open District 16 state Senate seat, which was vacated last month by Mick Mulvaney.
    Filing for the post ended Monday.
    Greg Gregory, who served as the District 16 state senator from 1992 to 2007, decided last week to vie for the post once again. Brian Carnes and Rob McCoy are the two other Lancaster County Republicans running.
    Fort Mill residents Wendy Petzel and Mike Short round out the field of Republicans.

  • Program changes concerns senior

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Angelo Constantine, 74, said he could hardly believe what he was reading when he opened the letter he got Dec. 19 from the Social Security Administration.
    There, on official letterhead, he said, was the bad news: “The state of South Carolina will no longer pay your Medicare medical insurance premium after December 2010. You must pay the premiums beginning January 2011.”