• County had its share of crime in 2015

    Lancaster County was on track for a year without a murder for most of 2015, then September came and with it the death of a 5-year-old special needs boy named La’Marion Jordan.
    In the three months that followed, Lancaster County experienced four more murders, plus the triple murder of three locals in Charlotte that investigators believe may have been connected to one of the local murders.
    Following is a recap of violent deaths in unincorporated Lancaster County that grabbed headlines this year, plus other notable crime news for 2015:

  • Top stories of 2015

    From the passing of Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw to the explosion of residential and business growth in the county to a surge in recent gun violence, Lancaster County has had a busy news year in 2015.
    As the county flips the last page of its 2015 calendar, The Lancaster News staff has poured over the events of the past 12 months and compiled this recap of the year’s top stories.

  • Top photos of 2015

    Here are some of our favorite photos from The Lancaster News in 2015.

  • City council TV coverage possible in ’16

    While it’s not a priority, Lancaster City Administrator Flip Hutfles wants to explore the possibility of recording city council meetings for rebroadcast on LearnTV.
    Hutfles discussed the matter at the Dec. 8 city council meeting as one of nine performance goals he believes are achievable by the end of the current budget year in June 2016.

  • Kershaw considers plan for industrial site

    KERSHAW – The idea of buying and developing the old Springs Mills property as a small industrial park is no longer feasible for the town of Kershaw.
    But that doesn’t mean its leaders aren’t exploring other options to attract jobs to the southern part of Lancaster County.
    Last month, town council heard a presentation from Columbia-based Carlisle and Associates on the need to develop a site-certification plan for a tract the town is interested in developing as an industrial site.

  • Lennar makes early payment

    National homebuilder Lennar Corp. presented Lancaster County officials with a check for $1.2 million Dec. 14 intended to enhance local public safety and education.
    Presented by Lennar Division President Jon Hardy and Director of Land Development Tom Johnson, the check is an early fulfillment of the company’s development agreement with the county for construction of the Tree Tops neighborhood.

  • Shaw’s personal city hall

    Though its paint has faded and its halls are empty, the Ellen Dean Hotel continues to crackle with memories from its meandering 74-year history.
    Standing in the once-elegant hotel lobby at the corner of White and Meeting streets, Joe Shaw Jr. took a few minutes this month to scan the room. It’s only a few weeks since the death of his father, Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw Sr., and he’s taken on the overwhelming task of sorting through the remnants of his dad’s hotel.

  • N.C. man dies in Christmas Day crash

    A North Carolina man was killed and several others were injured Christmas Day in a two-car collision near the Union County, N.C., line.
    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris identified the victim as 21-year-old Shea Jovan Mackey of Marvin Road, Waxhaw.
    Morris said Mackey, a front seat passenger in one of the cars, died at the scene.
    Both drivers, as well as all the passengers in one of the cars were transported to either CMC Carolinas or Springs Memorial Hospital for treatment. The extent of their injuries or conditions is not known.

  • Prowler leaps from 2nd-floor window

    A Lancaster man told sheriff’s deputies he surprised a burglar at his mother’s house and chased him out a second-floor window.
    Lancaster County deputies were called to 2229 Robert H. Kirk Road about 6:10 p.m. Dec. 12 to investigate a report of multiple shots fired and a possible burglary in progress.
    On scene, deputies found the 49-year-old homeowner outside upset about someone being inside her home, the report said, and a man exiting the front door with a shotgun and a handgun.

  • Dispute over game prompts kidnapping charge

    Two Lancaster men are facing kidnapping charges in connection with the beating of another man over an electronic game.
    Matthius Bennett, 29, of 505 E. Gay St. and James Antwon White, 25, of 1684 Parkman Ave. were both arrested Dec. 9 on one count each of first-degree assault and battery and kidnapping.
    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said deputies were dispatched to the area of Loft Lane and 11th Street about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in reference to a disturbance that happened inside a car involving a firearm.