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  • Firearm purchases: How does it work in S.C.?

    When it comes to specific gun ownership, if you think there is a federal database showing that John Doe, 123 Main St., Anywhere, USA, owns a Glock 19, think again.
    Technically, Uncle Sam has no way of knowing who bought that 9mm pistol, said Tony Bowers, owner of South 200 Firearms.
    That’s not how firearms tracking works, said Bowers, who discussed how to legally buy a firearm with The Lancaster News on Jan. 7.

  • Fancy Pokket opening still delayed

    Though it’s been three years since county officials signed an incentive agreement for Canadian baked goods company Fancy Pokket, the company has yet to open its facility along
    S.C. 9.
    Lancaster County officials addressed the delay this week, saying the company has hit a few snags in the construction of its 57,000-square-foot baking plant, preventing them from obtaining a certificate of occupancy (CO).

  • Walk-on from LHS part of Clemson’s national title run

    Lancaster native Jaquarius Brice is experiencing an improbable college football dream.
    Brice, a 2013 Lancaster High School graduate with one season of high school football experience, is one game away from a possible national championship.
    Brice, in his second season with the 14-0 Clemson team, joined the Tigers’ squad as a walk-on after playing his one high school season at LHS.
    “Never in my wildest dreams did I feel this would happen to me,” said Brice of the Tigers’ national championship run.

  • Yard sale/plate sale correction

    The Jan. 9 yard and plate sale is at the former Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department building, 4535 Kershaw Camden Highway, which is beside Small’s Food Center. The sale is not at Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department and is not affiliated with Station 9 or its membership.  

  • City seeks to fill 22 board, commission seats

    Going into 2016, the city of Lancaster has an unusually high number of vacancies on its volunteer commissions and boards.
    The city has 16 boards and commissions, and there are 22 positions open on 10 of them, some of which require a certain level of expertise or are limited to employees, such as an Employee Grievance Committee. The panels include:
    ◆ International Building Code Board of Adjustments and Appeals, two seats open for four-year terms.
    ◆ International Property Maintenance Code Board of Adjustment and Appeals, one seat open for a four-year term.

  • Manpower key for police this year

    The Lancaster Police Department is looking beyond its immediate future in 2016, but it all starts with manpower, said Police Chief Harlean Carter.
    Carter sat down with The Lancaster News on Jan. 6 to discuss the department’s short-term and long-term goals going into the new year.
    And in several areas, Carter said getting from Point A to Point B requires full staffing. Hiring and retaining a police force is the top priority.

  • Christmas Basket tally hits $14,000

    The official start of the 2016 Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund is still 10 months away, but it’s already up and running.
    Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster, said the final tally for the 2015 effort, (donations made through Dec. 31, 2015) is $14,000. The goal was $10,000.
    By comparison, the 2014 goal was also $10,000, with $11,000 raised.

  • Warming center takes in first guests

    Kayland Hagwood
    For The Lancaster News

    A women’s retreat, marriage retreat or even a children’s camp may soon open on the main floor of Family Healing Community Ministries’ multipurpose building.
    But just below the future home of these events is a different kind of retreat.
    It’s no beach vacation, but for some people in Lancaster, this retreat provides one element as awesome as the sand and sea – heat.  

  • Auditor Morgan won’t seek 8th term

    After almost three decades as Lancaster County’s auditor, Cheryl Morgan announced this week she will not seek another term.
    Morgan, who was first elected in 1988, plans to finish out her seventh term, which expires June 30, 2017.
    Though voters will have a chance to elect her successor in the upcoming general election in November, the auditor does not take office until the beginning of the following fiscal year – July 1, 2017.

  • Life sentence for murder

    A Lancaster County man was sentenced to life in prison this week for the 2012 murder of a woman whose strangled body he left in an abandoned house.
    Terry Catoe, 43, formerly of 747 Shiloh Unity Road, was convicted Wednesday of killing Linda Massey Gaymon, 54, of Lancaster, as they had sex in a squalid shotgun house on Starnes Street off East Brooklyn Avenue.
    Gaymon’s murder was the fourth in a year that would ultimately see 13 local killings.