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  • Police say incident at hotel not armed robbery

    A large contingent of Lancaster police officers responded to a reported armed robbery Tuesday, Jan. 29, though it turned out to instead be a case of gambling gone wrong.

    Officers were dispatched to Quality Inn, 114 Commerce Blvd., about 2:30 p.m. after a 911 call that someone there had been robbed, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    By 3 p.m. at least six marked police vehicles were seen parked outside the S.C. 9 Bypass hotel, each with blue lights flashing.  

  • Man faces gun charges

    A search for the source of several gunshots heard in a Lancaster neighborhood Jan. 18 led to the arrest of a Charlotte man on two firearms charges.

    Jesse Smith, 37, was arrested on charges of unlawful carrying of a pistol and discharging a firearm in the city, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The arrest came minutes after an officer heard three gunshots coming from the area of East Arch Street and Pardue Circle. As the officer approached the area, he heard three more gunshots and radioed for backup, the report said.

  • SCDOT unveils S.C. 160 project details

    The S.C. Department of Transportation held a public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 29, on a proposed project to widen Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160).

    The meeting at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church drew nearly 100 curious residents, many of whom live in the area, for a detailed look at the project. Residents also had opportunities to discuss the plans with SCDOT officials and place their thoughts on it in the public record.

  • Heath Springs native honored for achievements in Charlotte

    CHARLOTTE – Political candidates and anyone else looking to strengthen community ties in Charlotte are always advised to stop by the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum.

    Heath Springs native Sarah Mingo Stevenson organized the group more than 30 years ago.

    It was a way for members of Charlotte’s black community to stay abreast of issues facing their city.

  • City in support of state municipal agenda

    The city of Lancaster has officially shown its support for the aims of the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC).

    At its Jan. 22 meeting, Lancaster City Council unanimously approved a proclamation that stands behind MASC’s 2013 legislative priorities that support local elected officials making decisions based on local needs and priorities.

  • Always busy

    Forgoing the usual presentation of architectural diagrams or lists of desired funds, two library board members instead urged Lancaster County Council to take a field trip.

    Library director Richard Band and library board member Tommy Myers both appeared at council’s Monday, Jan. 28 meeting to discuss capital improvement needs for the county’s libraries, though they decided council needs a more first-hand experience.

  • Medical options available locally

    There’s a special gold bell inside Lancaster Radiation Therapy Center that cancer patients ring three times upon completing their series of treatments.

    The bell ringing is a celebration for all involved – patients, their families and even the medical staff. 

    It’s a place where hugs and kisses are doled out. Some days smiles fill that room. Some days, it’s tears of joy.

    The plated text below the bell, presented in poem form, sums up the experience.

  • Woman accused of $7,756 food stamps swindle

    Deputies arrested a Lancaster woman Jan. 16 after an investigation into almost $8,000 in defrauded food stamps.

    Janet Renee Helms, 33, 998 Hampton Grace Ave., was arrested on a charge of fraudulent acquisition or use of food stamps, valued at $5,000 or more, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • High winds fuel brush fire

    Firefighters with six different departments responded to a brush fire on Ponderosa Road outside Lancaster on Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 30.

    Whipped by winds in advance of a large thunderstorm system that crossed the region Wednesday evening, the fire spread rapidly, scorching five to six acres of property on both sides of the road.

  • 911 call of armed man locks down IL schools

    All three Indian Land schools were locked down Tuesday, Jan. 29, after a man was seen near campus carrying what was thought to be a gun, but turned out to be a popular recreational replica.

    Lancaster County School District Safety Director Bryan Vaughn said the incident happened about 2:20 p.m. just as students at Indian Land Elementary School were being dismissed for the day.