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  • More benefits available to vets

    Local Vietnam War veterans will soon be eligible for additional benefits associated with exposure to Agent Orange.

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that veterans will be able to file claims for benefits if they have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, B cell leukemia and ischemic heart disease.

    Ischemic heart disease includes several types of cardiovascular illnesses, which often result in heart attacks, said Robin Helms, Veterans Affairs officer for Lancaster County.

  • Police reports - April 23, 2010

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Firefighters and investigators responded to a suspicious car fire on Old Jefferson Highway in Kershaw on April 20.

    The report said the resident heard a loud popping sound about 1:10 a.m. and saw his two cars – a 2004 Ford F150 pickup and a 1999 Cadillac Seville – were on fire.

    The resident said he had recently been threatened by a man at a store in Fairfield County.

    Damage to the cars and the shed they were in was estimated at $25,000.

  • Annual event raises funds for rare disorder

    Donna White says losing her son was the worst thing that has ever happened in her life.

    Her son, Ryan McKinney, died four years ago from Kleine-Levin Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder marked by periods of excessive sleep and altered behavior.

    Since his death, White, a Lancaster resident, has been heavily involved with the KLS Foundation ee" both nationally and on the local front.

    She said spreading awareness and supporting research efforts for the disorder have helped her cope with the grief.

  • Council splits on vote to rezone former night spot

    County Council members split last week on a vote to rezone a former nightclub building in Buford for use as a cabinet shop.

    The rezoning request is for the former B&W Club, a nightclub that opened in 1974 but has been closed for at least 10 years.

    The building is situated on 2.41 acres at 1526 Carnes Wilson Road, off S.C. 9 Bypass.

    McDonald Amusements owns the property, and Collins Realty, which made the rezoning request, is hoping to lease the property if the rezoning measure is approved.

  • Fired dispatcher to have hearing

    A former Lancaster Police Department dispatcher filed a grievance with the city of Lancaster to appeal her firing and will have a public hearing to make her case Monday.

    The city’s grievance committee, made up of city employees from various departments, will hear the case at 9 a.m. Monday in City Council chambers at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St.

    The hearing will consist of presentations by the police department and by the former dispatcher, Laverne Thompson.

  • TEA party movement to celebrate its first anniversary on Tax Day

    Lancaster County residents are invited Thursday to the one-year anniversary of the county’s TEA party movement.

    The TEA party begins at noon in the parking lot of the former Elrod Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership at 845 Lancaster Bypass East. TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already.

    This is one of several TEA party events organized by residents who have been especially critical of taxes and government spending since Barack Obama became president in 2009.

    The event will feature conservative speakers Chad Connelly and Marvin Rogers.

  • Woman with rare liver disease seeking transplant in Florida

    Rhonda Powers is a huge Elvis Presley fan whose dream is to visit his former home, Graceland in Memphis, Tenn.

    Powers could get to Tennessee in a single day, but major health problems have stymied any serious thoughts of taking such a trip.

    The Lancaster County resident was diagnosed last year with a liver disease called nonalcoholic steatphepatitis, or “NASH.” The rare condition is similar to alcohol liver disease, but affects people who drink little to no alcohol. The cause of NASH is unknown.

  • Have you filed your tax returns?

    Andy McBride walked passed a tax preparer’s office Monday afternoon with a peaceful smile as he made his way to a neighboring retailer.

    Asked if he had filed his 2009 tax return already, the Lancaster resident responded enthusiastically, saying he did so nearly two months ago. McBride said he’s never been one for the last-week rush.

    “I do mine right away,” McBride said. “Boom. Pow. Done!”

  • City Council upholds officer's firing

    Pat Parsons will not get his job back.

    On Tuesday, Lancaster City Council unanimously voted to uphold the decision to fire Parsons, who had worked for the Lancaster Police Department for 11 years.

    Parsons, 50, a sergeant, had been fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18.

    The two said, in their February complaints, that Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Taking a stand against alcohol

    It hurts Karl Kakadelis to speak in front of crowds, but he knows it’s something he has to do.

    On Wednesday evening, he spoke with his head down, taking long pauses in between sentences. He would glance toward the audience and then begin to talk about his big mistake – a mistake he regrets every day of his life. His story is quite appropriate, as he was the guest speaker at a special town hall meeting on underage drinking, held Wednesday at the Springdale Recreation Center.