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  • Unopposed McGriff seeks fifth term on school board

    She said she's running for office again because of her love of children.

    Charlene McGriff is running unopposed for the District 2 seat on the Lancaster County school board in Tuesday's election.

    McGriff, 56, has served on the board 1994. She is seeking her fifth term.

    "All my love and energy go toward children," said McGriff, the current board chairwoman. "That's what I do."

    McGriff wants to help ensure that everything the board does is for the betterment of the students.

  • Voters to decide fate of referendum in election

    It was once a question of if Lancaster County would build a courthouse using a 1-cent sales tax.

    That was before a fire set by an arsonist destroyed the second floor of the 180-year-old Lancaster County Courthouse on Aug. 4.

    The courthouse was being used then as a working court facility, and county officials were making plans to build a new one.

    But the fire changed the tone of the referendum. Now, Lancaster County must have a new courthouse, county officials say.

  • Two Lancaster men shot

    Two Lancaster men were reportedly shot while playing cards at a Rock Street home early Thursday.

    The two men – ages 25 and 19 – were inside the home when they heard three gunshots, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. One man was shot in the right arm and the other was shot in the lower right abdomen.

    The incident happened just after midnight.

  • Accusations fly in District 16 race

    The battle continues as the candidates for the state Senate District 16 seat bicker over a mountain of accusations.

    Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell and Republican Mick Mulvaney have spent much of the final days before Tuesday's election responding to complaints from each other's campaign.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Norrell accused Mulvaney of supporting "push polling," a technique used in political elections where people are asked fake poll questions designed to tarnish the reputation of a candidate.

  • Gang activity up in county

    Bullets are flying in city neighborhoods, and the Lancaster Police Department has formed a crime suppression unit to battle the problem.

    The police department is working with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, State Law Enforcement Division and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to get guns and those who are using them recklessly off the streets, Police Chief Hugh White said.

  • Festival, art draw sure to delight kids, adults

    Downtown will be a treat for children and adults on Halloween night.

    Geared toward the younger set, the city of Lancaster is holding its annual Halloween festival that has been a big hit with children for the past several years. The festival will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

    For the adults, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts has tricks and treats in store with its second arts draw.

    City festival

  • Willis to speak on referendum concerns

    It's down to the wire, and County Administrator Steve Willis will be out this week in several parts of the county to answer voters questions about the upcoming sales tax referendum.

    County Council proposed a bond referendum to pay for a new courthouse before the historic Lancaster County Courthouse burned on Aug. 4. Before the fire, residents were to vote on whether to build a new courthouse at all.

  • Norrell: Mulvaney broke promises; but Mulvaney says Norrell is being dishonest about his business

    Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell is accusing her Republican challenger in the state Senate District 16 race Mick Mulvaney of leaving Lancaster County on the hook for a housing development he once owned.

    The issue revolves around an 800-acre housing development in Indian Land called Edenmoor – one of the largest planned development districts, or PDDs, ever approved in the county. Originally called St. Katherine, Mulvaney began work on the property in 1999. The development is located off U.S. 521 between Jim Wilson Road and S.C. 5.

  • AJ, IL bands compete in state finals

    Even though they didn't finish as high as they would have liked, Indian Land High School band director Mathew Willis said he is extremely proud of his group's performance this past weekend.

    The Warrior band finished seventh in Class A state finals Saturday. The band earned a berth to the finals after coming in first at Upper State preliminaries a week before.

    Indian Land also finished seventh at state in 2007.

  • Joslyn Clark to close plant here

    A Lancaster-based fire protection company is closing its doors.

    Joslyn Clark Controls, which manufactures diesel and electric fire pump controllers, has announced plans to leave Lancaster.

    According to a press release from the company, it will be consolidating its Lancaster operations and moving them to another facility in the United States. The company will begin moving this fall and could be completely moved by early 2009.