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  • White to stay on as police chief

    After announcing last month that he would retire as police chief in January and enter another line of work, Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White has decided he will stay on indefinitely.

    It was a decision he reached last week after receiving encouragement from a host of people.

  • More can board Santa Express

    See Lancaster and its helpers are hoping to make good on promises of a bigger and better Santa Express train ride this year that is more open to the general public.

    With 300 extra tickets and three more train rides spread over two days when compared to last year's event, organizers hope people perceive the festive children's ride from Lancaster to Heath Springs on Dec. 1 and 2 as an event open to all.

    "If this is done right, this can really grow and help Lancaster quite a bit," said See Lancaster organizer Mary Brown.

    A fair shake

  • Police: Man had 15 grams of cocaine, $19,000 in cash

    A 38-year-old Lancaster man was arrested and jailed after police discovered 15 grams of cocaine and nearly $19,000 in the vehicle he was driving.

    Derrick Bernard Reid, of 102 New Burns Lane, was charged Monday with trafficking in cocaine.

    A Lancaster police officer stopped the 2007 Chrysler 300 that Reid was driving shortly after 5 p.m. because he failed to use a turn signal twice and was traveling about 45 mph in a 20-mph zone, according to an incident report.

  • Springs Memorial fifth hospital in S.C. to be designated a Chest Pain Center

    Springs Memorial Hospital was recently designated as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

    Springs Memorial Hospital is the fifth hospital in South Carolina to receive this accreditation and the only hospital in York, Lancaster, Chester, Chesterfield and Union counties to receive this designation.

  • Gas prices rise as holiday season gets closer

    Prices at the pump have surpassed $3 per gallon for unleaded regular again and some local buyers aren't surprised.

    Thomas Barr, who was pumping gas into his pickup truck at AM-PM gas station on Lynwood Drive on Friday, thinks the price will hit at least $3.25 by Christmas and go even higher after that.

    Although resigned to paying higher prices for gas than he'd like, Barr looks for the cheapest gas he can find.

    "I go here (AM-PM) all the time probably because it's one of the cheapest places around," he said.

  • Police: Man robs shoe store after shopping for boots

    A man shopping for boots Thursday night left the store with more than just footwear.

    Police responded to a call about an armed robbery at The Shoe Department at University Place on S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Two store workers told police that a man came inside the store about 7:30 p.m. and began looking at shoes. He picked up two pairs of Timberland boots, took them to the counter and bought them, the report said.

    When the workers opened the register, the man pulled out a pistol, cocked it and demanded money, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Utility preps for tighter water-use restrictions

    It's going to take more rainfall and water conservation and less evaporation for the area to avoid tighter water-use restrictions.

    Stage 4 restrictions, the most restrictive water-use regulations, could be declared as early as mid-December if substantial rain doesn't fall in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.

    All water providers in Lancaster County draw their water from the Catawba River.

  • County salutes its veterans

    Music, cheering and a lot of red, white and blue set the patriotic mood Saturday morning as many residents gathered in downtown Lancaster to remember past and current veterans.

    All four of the county's high school bands marched, local politicians courted and candy was given out to spectators by civic groups that passed in vehicles and unique floats.

    "It's just so important that we honor our veterans," said regular parade attendee Jannette Hilliard, a member of Heath Springs Town Council. "This year, there is so much enthusiasm and variety."

  • Covenant Baptist commits to homeless shelter network

    The plan to establish a homeless shelter network among area churches is a step closer to becoming a reality.

    Local Interfaith Hospitality Network organizers met Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Lancaster for another organizational meeting with members of the local faith community.

    Covenant Baptist Church is the first area church to commit to the cause.

    "Well, somebody has to jump in the cold water and tell everybody else it's not that bad, come on in," said Dr. Burt Welch, minister of the church.

  • Drought good for school construction

    Drought good for school construction

    By Jesef Williams

    Reporter

    INDIAN LAND – While farmers, landscapers and probably most others wish for rain, the lack of precipitation has been great for crews working on a school conversion project in Indian Land.

    The building that once housed Indian Land High School is being renovated and turned into the new Indian Land Middle School.

    Dry weather has helped the project remain on schedule for the school to open in January, when students return for the beginning of the semester.