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  • Blackwelder: Plane crash never happened

    An urgent 911 call about a possible airplane in trouble Tuesday, April 9, turned out to be a standard training routine, according to local fire officials.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said reports of a plane in distress or a downed airplane in the northern end of the county were simply a misunderstanding. The calls were received Tuesday afternoon and emergency crews spent several hours searching for a possible crash site.

  • Changes coming

     Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster Police Department will undergo some structural changes.
    Police Chief Harlean Howard spoke about her restructuring request during the Tuesday, March 26, City Council meeting.
    She spoke of the personnel changes the department has experienced over the past six months.
    “Three senior officers retired due to changes in the retirement system,” Howard said.

  • Old jail stabilized

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Display space for historical artifacts, office space for outside agencies or extra room for the economic development corporation are all ideas being floated for the county’s newly stabilized historic jail building.
    Almost three years after severe cracks were found in the jail and less than a year after county officials approved $75,000 to stabilize the walls and ceilings inside the structure, Lancaster County Council discussed ideas for using the space during its March 25 meeting.

  • City staff seeking grants

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Officials want to see if the city of Lancaster can further solidify itself as a regional arts advocate.
    Teresa Meeks, the city’s support service director, and Cherry Doster, who works in marketing for the city, spoke at City Council’s March 26 meeting about the chance to establish an arts business incubator in the city.

  • City of Lancaster seeking summer interns

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The city of Lancaster is once again looking for college workers.
    Its staff is now accepting applications for the city’s 2013 summer internship program.
    Five college students will be selected to work in eight different city departments for 10 weeks from May 28 to Aug. 5.
    Each intern will work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The pay is $7.25 per hour.

  • County building permit numbers increase

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Regional statistics suggest the housing market is continuing to strengthen.
    Last month, the Catawba Regional Council of Governments released data that compared the number of building permits issued in 2011 to 2012.
    The figures are for Chester, Lancaster, Union (S.C.) and York counties. Those counties make up the Catawba Regional’s service area.

  • Walk in My Shoes event is Saturday in Kershaw

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – Studies show that just one of every four children who suffer abuse will ever tell someone about the event.
    With a reported high incidence of child abuse – yet a low rate of disclosure – locals are once against rallying to spread the word about something that’s often perceived as taboo.
    On Saturday, April 6, Kershaw Counseling will hold its annual Walk in My Shoes event, which begins at 9 a.m. at its office, 206 N. Hampton St., Kershaw.

  • Man assaulted during break-in at city house

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     A reported home invasion last weekend involved multiple guns and the near use of a hot clothes iron as a weapon.  
    Lancaster police came to a home in the 500 block of East Gay Street shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in response to a call about a break-in.
    A resident and a visitor were at the home about 3 p.m. when the resident said he had to leave to go get some food, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Rock Street to be repaved

    Rock Street will soon be repaved.
    At its March 26 meeting, Lancaster City Council unanimously approved a recommendation to use county and state money to upgrade Rock Street, which runs from Arch Street to Chesterfield Avenue.
    The work will include patching, leveling and resurfacing, as well as new sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, curbs and gutters.
    City Administrator Helen Sowell told City Council members that the County Transportation Committee (CTC) was willing to assist in paving either Rock Street (Hampton Road) or Clinton Avenue.

  • Committee would deal with prospective developers

    How do development agreements affect the county? Is there a benefit between rooftop or impact fees? And who should developers talk to as they look to build in the area?
    County Planning Director Penelope G. Karagounis says these questions are proof that Lancaster County Council needs to form a development agreement committee for the county. Karagounis discussed the idea during council’s meeting March 25.