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  • Habitat celebrates 13 in 13
  • Another ‘most wanted’ arrest

    One of Lancaster County’s “Most Wanted” was tracked down June 1 after he was arrested by Fort Lawn police officers during a traffic checkpoint.
    Justin Edward Ellis, 28, of Fort Lawn, was transferred to the Lancaster County Detention Center shortly after he was taken into custody by Fort Lawn police officers, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    Fort Lawn officers noticed Ellis had several active outstanding warrants in Lancaster County and turned him over to a deputy at the Catawba Fish Camp, the report said.

  • Faile now a Republican

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has put aside the donkey in favor of an elephant.
    Faile, the county’s only elected law enforcement officer, said Friday, June 7, that he is no longer a Democrat and is joining the Republican Party.
    He made the announcement during a Lancaster County Republican Party luncheon at the Bradley Arts & Sciences Building multipurpose room at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
    Faile said he made the decision to switch parties within the last few weeks.

  • County to hold budget hearing

    Taxpayers will have a chance to weigh in on the upcoming county budget, and a series of potential tax increases, during a Monday, June 10, public hearing at Lancaster County Council’s meeting.
    Residents can voice concerns and ask questions during the public hearing on several proposed new fees in the draft budget. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St.

  • The Last Hurray

    Depending on the route you choose, it’s roughly 750 miles from Lancaster to Conesus Lake, N.Y.

    Sometimes, the cultural gap of the 11-plus hour drive is even greater.
    That was one of the first lessons Louis Smith, manager of Valvoline Express Care, learned when he relocated to South Carolina several years ago.
    Smith recalls the day he crossed paths with a lane of drivers who had pulled onto the shoulder of the road and just sat there for a line of traffic headed in the opposite direction.

  • City Council tweaks budget plan

    Trash pick-up in the city of Lancaster may look more like a robotics demonstration starting this summer.

    City staff have added $40,000 to the proposed 2013-14 budget to buy a “swing arm” that will attach to one of the solid waste pick-up trucks. The driver of the truck will operate the device, which will lift curbside trash cans, dump them into the truck’s trash bed and place the cans back in their place.

  • Warrants issued for shooting suspect

    Warrants have been issued in the hunt for a Lancaster man wanted in connection with the shooting of another man in both his legs Tuesday, June 4. 

    Authorities are searching for Markevious Demond Samuel, 21, 1344 Locustwood Ave., after a 43-year-old Lancaster man was rushed to a hospital with shotgun wounds to both legs, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant. 

  • Heavy rain headed this way

    Get ready to get wet.

    According to the National Weather Service, heavy rain could drench this part of the Carolinas today as moisture from Tropical Storm Andrea collides with a lingering cold front.

    The Associated Press reported Thursday, June 6, that up to 4 inches of rain could fall across the state through Saturday. 

    The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for Andrea along the Grand Strand. The heaviest rainfall is expected along the coast, where the center of the storm is expected to move. 

  • Fancy Pokket breaks bread Thursday

    Though the sample size of dirt was small, the significance of the moment was quite major for Lancaster County. 

    Fancy Pokket Corp., a Canadian maker of bakery products, had its official groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, June 6, to mark its arrival here. 

    The company plans to build a new 57,000-square-foot baking plant inside the Lancaster County Air-Rail Industrial Park, which is being developed now. The investment is expected to create 68 jobs. 

  • County EMS medic injured

    Although much of the details are sketchy, a county medic is recuperating after being injured in a car accident while tending to a medical emergency along Main Street on May 29. 

    The male medic, whose full name and age have not been released, was injured during a chain reaction of car collisions at the intersection of Gay and Main streets at about 9:30 p.m., according to a S.C. traffic collision report. 

    Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said the medic was inside a car providing treatment when he was injured.