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  • NAACP event to coach students, parents on interactions with police

    As confrontations between police and young people have dominated national headlines this year, the Lancaster branch of the NAACP is hoping a town hall meeting will teach residents how to safely interact with law enforcement officers.

  • ‘He knew, he cared, he helped’

    As Carolyn Taylor walked inside First Baptist Church for Mayor Joe Shaw’s memorial service Dec. 6, she remembered the summer of 1945, when her family lived across the street from his.
     “I was a young teenager, and I can recall Joe walking downtown to work for Mr. Hicks at the drugstore,” Taylor said. “His love for Main Street started many, many years ago.”
    And that love never ended.

  • Slayings provoke activists

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators are exploring a possible connection between the Dec. 5 murder of three Lancaster natives in Charlotte and the slaying of a man in Lancaster Nov. 28.
    Meanwhile, the mother of two of the Charlotte victims joined with a newly formed Lancaster chapter of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Dec. 8 to address drug and gun violence in Lancaster.

  • Shaw: 'A life well-lived'

    As Carolyn Taylor walked inside First Baptist Church for city of Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw’s celebration of life service on Dec. 6, she couldn’t help but look back to summer of 1945 in a story that only she can tell. She said her family grew up just across the street from Shaw’s.
     “I was a young teenager and I can recall Joe walking downtown to work for Mr. Hicks at the drug store,” she said. “His love for Main Street started many, many years ago.”
    And that love never ended.

  • Christmas Basket total climbs to $3,645

    The total for the 2015 Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund has grown to $3,645 in the last week, but there is still a long way to go.
    The goal this Christmas season is $10,000, which means $6,355 is still needed to provide Christmas food boxes to some of the county’s neediest families.
    “The donations have increased and we’re extremely grateful. However, we are still quite short of our goal,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, which oversees the annual fundraiser.

  • Man runs from police during arrest, still at large

    Police are still on the hunt for a Lancaster man who ran from officers late last month as he was being arrested on charges of assaulting a woman and holding her against her will.
    Arrest warrants have been issued for Demarco Font’e Blair, 26, 436 Clinton Ave., on charges of kidnapping, second-degree criminal domestic violence and resisting arrest, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Mulvaney discusses refugees, immigration, politics

    Congressman Mick Mulvaney discussed Syrian refugees, immigration, attitudes toward American Muslims, regaining the White House and new House Speaker Paul Ryan during a town hall meeting in Lancaster Nov. 24.
    The meeting at the University of South Carolina Lancaster drew an estimated crowd of 70 constituents from as far away as Chesterfield County.

  • Column: Joe Shaw really enjoyed his time in mayor’s office

    I first met Mayor Shaw when he was operating the Ellen-Dean Hotel.  He hired me while I was in high school to work in the afternoons Monday through Friday 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. When baseball was in, he let me off the weekdays so I could play high school baseball.
    He was at that time flamboyant and extremely outgoing, some would say talkative.  He was very good to work for and was considerate.

  • City upgrading new all-purpose rescue truck

    Lancaster Fire Department’s rescue truck – Rescue 1 – is the most used apparatus in the fleet.
    It not only answers emergency calls in the corporate city limits, but also provides mutual aid to the county in an area from Steele Hill to Heath Springs. In this year’s first 11 months, Rescue 1 responded to 530 calls.
    After a unanimous commitment from Lancaster City Council, there will be an upgraded Rescue 2 in the future to help reduce Rescue 1’s workload.

  • Heroin suspects answer yes when police ask: May we search car?

    A Lancaster couple was arrested for trafficking heroin after consenting to a voluntary search of their car, the second such arrest for them under similar circumstances since August.
    Jason Leonard Daniel, 36, and girlfriend Misty Dawn Friend, 33, both of 135 Charlie Stack Road, are each charged pending first appearances with trafficking heroin four to 14 grams.