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  • County Council sets sights on jobs, economic development

    As unemployment continues to weigh heavily on the minds of county residents, job creation will once again be a top priority for Lancaster County Council in 2013.

    Councilmen Larry Honeycutt and Larry McCullough, along with County Administrator Steve Willis, all recently discussed the projects and plans council will tackle during the new year, with economic development chief among them.

    Honeycutt said he feels 2013 will be the year Lancaster County begins to rebound from years of high unemployment and slow development.

  • County’s three mayors discuss plans, goals for the new year

    From Lancaster to Heath Springs and Kershaw, construction and infrastructural development highlighted a lot of the governmental activity in 2012.

    With a new year here, the mayors of those three municipalities now discuss what they see on the horizon for the next 12 months.

    City of Lancaster

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw said he looks forward to the completion of the city-funded road improvements on Brook Drive, which is near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • Lone gunman holds up Applebee's

    Police officers swarmed the area around Lancaster’s Applebee’s restaurant early Monday morning, minutes after a man robbed an employee at gunpoint.

    In a press release sent hours after the incident, Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the armed robbery happened about 1:40 a.m. Monday inside the restaurant, located at 1268 S.C. 9 Bypass West.

    The manager told police he was alone and closing up the restaurant when he was approached by a lone, masked gunman.

  • Year in rewind: Lancaster’s top stories

    Fifteen deaths tied to violence in 2012
    1 There were many violent crimes in the county this year, including several murders, a self-defense shooting and the discovery of the body of a man missing from Pennsylvania. Here is a list of those who died as a result of violent crimes this year:
    • Jenika Jones, 23, shot and killed in her home off Rose Anna Lane, Jan. 19
    • Danny Clyburn Jr., 37, a former Major League Baseball player, shot to death outside a North Market Street home, Feb. 7

  • Haley: Deadline extended for credit monitoring

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    South Carolina taxpayers now have more time to sign up for free credit monitoring in the wake of the massive data breach announced a few months ago.
    Gov. Nikki Haley’s office announced Dec. 21 that anyone who’s filed a South Carolina tax return since 1998 has until March 31, 2013, to register for the service, which is provided by the company Experian.
    The deadline for registration had been Jan. 31.

  • Donations to continue for Christmas basket

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Concerned residents will have even more time to donate to this year’s Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund.
    The local drive, in its 53rd year, collects monetary donations that help struggling Lancaster County families with rent, utilities, food and other needs. The effort is run these days by HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster.
    Through Thursday, Dec. 27, more than $7,400 had been donated.

  • Man injured in moped crash

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A moped driver was flown to a Charlotte hospital Friday afternoon, Dec. 28, after crashing on the side of a Lancaster road.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard said officers responded to a one-vehicle accident at about 3:30 p.m. Friday.
    She said the male driver was traveling along Hunter Street, near Central Avenue, when he wrecked his moped.
    “As far as we can tell he lost control of his scooter and had an injury,” Howard said.

  • Habitat for Humanity dedicates 12th home

    Nita Brown
    For The Lancaster News
    Jasmine Stover celebrated Christmas in her very own home this year.
    It was a red-letter day, not only for her, but for all of Lancaster County.
    Thanks to the generosity and hard work of a host of people here, as well as “sweat equity” from Stover, her family and friends, she officially became the 12th Habitat homeowner partner in Lancaster County on Dec. 18, with a dedication for her home on North Penny Street, Lancaster, and a blessing for her and her family.

  • IL Santa enjoys bringing Christmas magic

    Michele Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    INDIAN LAND – As Christmas Eve dawned chilly and cloudy, the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department was alive with activity as volunteers  loaded firetrucks, U-Haul trucks and other vehicles with gifts and food to be delivered in the Panhandle area during the 21st annual Panhandle Christmas Drive.
    Both Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments participate in the event, which begins when names are placed on an angel tree by Indian Land schools.  

  • FEMA awards county $1 million

    The county’s fire service is set to receive a boost in manpower from a recently awarded federal grant that will help fund 10 paid firefighters.

    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder confirmed the grant Thursday, Dec. 27.

    “The fire service just received a $1 million grant for paid firefighters during the daytime hours,” Blackwelder said.