• School board to finalize policy regarding restraint and seclusion

    Think of the terms "restraint and seclusion" and you wouldn't be faulted if images of unruly prisoners, shackles and solitary confinement came to mind.
    While those images may be realistic in a law-enforcement situation, for schools, the term is much more nuanced.
    In an educational environment, restraint and seclusion describe techniques that seek to balance the need to stop disturbed or agitated students from hurting themselves or others, while doing the least harm possible to the students.

  • County discusses nonprofit tenants

    Jesef Williams
     The fate of two well-known nonprofit agencies was front and center Monday as Lancaster County Council discussed their respective housing situations.
    Council held a required public hearing during the early part of Monday's meeting for anyone to share concerns about plans to lease part of the county's Covenant Street property to Lancaster County Red Cross.
    The county is buying the building from the city of Lancaster. It will be the future home of Lancaster County Emergency Management.

  • Report: Woman hits girl

    Jesef Williams
    Multiple agencies are looking into an incident in which a woman reportedly assaulted a girl at Palmetto Place Apartments on Pardue Street.
    A man waved down a police officer Nov. 3 after witnessing an assault about 5:30 p.m. that day, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The man said he saw a 51-year-old woman exit her home in the 700 block of Pardue Street and chase the girl into the grassy area between the apartment and the road.

  • Driver hits telephone pole, runs away

    Warrants have been issued for a man who drove his car into the yard of a Lancaster home and knocked down a telephone pole.
    The commotion began shortly after 1 p.m. Oct. 29 as police were called to a home in the 1200 block of Gladstone Road about a car accident.
    According to a police department incident report, a white Ford Mustang was speeding on Gladstone Road when it drove off the road into a yard and struck a telephone pole.

  • Deputy hurt in shooting at restaurant

    Law enforcement officers swarmed the area around a Lancaster restaurant Thursday evening after a Lancaster County sheriff's deputy was shot.
    The shooting happened after 7 p.m. at the Shrimp Boat restaurant, 1668 Memorial Park Road. Detectives with the sheriff's office said a deputy was shot in the stomach and flown from the area by helicopter for treatment.
    No details were available about the shooting or any suspects as of Thursday evening.

  • Stevens found not guilty in death

    The family of 3-year-old Jaylen Jackson held each other and sobbed as a verdict was read Thursday afternoon in the murder trial of Marico Lamont Stevens, who was found not guilty of murder and two related charges.
    The verdict came after a morning filled with theories as to what hap-
    pened along a stretch of gravel road in a small trailer park May 3, 2010, the day Jaylen Jackson was shot in the head while sitting in the back seat of a car during a gunfight. She died at a hospital early the next morning.

  • Nettie Mae Lewis Gary, 85

    Nettie Mae Lewis Gary, 85
    Nettie Mae Lewis Gary, 85, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011.
    She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Minnie Jones Lewis.
    Survivors include two stepchildren, Janie Rivers and Joseph Gary Jr.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Services were Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at Ebenezer AME Zion Church.
    Kirkland-McCray Funeral Home was in charge.

  • John D. ‘Duddy’ Varnadore Sr., 86

    John D. ‘Duddy’ Varnadore Sr., 86

  • Kershaw mourns another

    Reece Murphy
    KERSHAW – A Kershaw-area school has once again been hit with the tragic loss of one of its own, this time a student at Kershaw Elementary School.
    In a school district hard-hit by deaths this year, the student’s death is the fourth to rock Kershaw-area schools in as many weeks.

  • County OKs position for Animal Control

    Jesef Williams
    Relief is on the way for staff at Lancaster County Animal Control.
    County Council voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to approve the request for the new position of Animal Control office manager.
    Council Chairwoman Kathy Sistare had asked that research be done to find out the staffing levels of Animal Control offices in counties with similar populations.
    The findings show that Lancaster County Animal Control is understaffed, in comparison, said County Administrator Steve Willis.