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  • 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.

  • Driver dies when truck strikes cow

    A Kershaw man died Dec. 22 after the pickup truck he was driving hit a cow on Rocky River Road.
    Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese identified the man as Joel Knight, 52, of 9552 Flat Creek Road.
    The accident occurred about 6:20 p.m. about 1.9 miles north of Heath Springs near Mungo Deer Processing.
    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Tony Keller said Knight was driving south on Rocky River Road when his 2006 Ford Ranger struck a cow standing in the road. His truck then ran off the right side of the road and hit a fence.

  • Homeless shelter in beginning stages

    Kendall Johnson has a vision of keeping local homeless men off the streets and in steady jobs, though he knows it’s going to take a lot more than desire to make it happen.
    As executive director of The Humble Abode of South Carolina, a newly formed nonprofit organization geared toward helping homeless men, Johnson is trying to gather support and funding to open a shelter in Lancaster County.
    “There’s a need everywhere, and Lancaster County needs it more than anyone,” he said.

  • No more dead spots in radio coverage

    For emergency responders using the county’s current radio system, a simple 911 call can quickly turn dangerous if they run into one of the county's many “dead zones” and can’t radio for help.
    County officials plan to fix that problem by spending $7.5 million on the new Palmetto 800 public safety radio system, which Lancaster County Council approved Dec. 14.  

  • Colossal economic project in works

    Travis Jenkins

    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – In terms of economic development, Chester County and the surrounding area may have an ecstatic New Year.

    Project 1429, the county’s code-name for what would be the largest single business investment in S.C. history, appears to be coming in for a landing. The unnamed company behind the project plans to spend $1.6 billion and create 1,400 permanent jobs.

  • Five file for mayor this week

    Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    As of noon Dec. 22, five candidates have filed in the special election for Lancaster mayor.

    Anthony Elder, Altheresa Goode-Howard, Charles Vann Jr., Garrett Williams and Lancaster City Councilman John Howard have filed to fill the unexpired term of the late Joe Shaw, which runs through 2018.

    Shaw died Nov. 29. The special election to fill the mayor’s seat is Feb. 23.