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  • Council considers special tax district for Brookchase

    In an effort to repair the roads and infrastructure in their neighborhood, a group of Indian Land residents want to create their own tax district.

    Residents of the Brookchase neighborhood, located off U.S. 521 near Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light, have gathered enough signatures on a petition to lobby Lancaster County Council for an election to create a special tax district. The petition calls for the special tax district as a means to generate funding for work left unfinished by the neighborhood’s developer.

  • Woman assaulted during robbery

    A clerk at a cell phone store told police she was pistol-whipped by two teenagers who robbed the store Tuesday night.

    The woman told Lancaster police that two teenagers, who appeared 16 or 17 years old, came into the Cricket store at 1129-A S.C. 9 Bypass West about 6:40 p.m. The woman said she was talking on her Apple iPhone to her boyfriend when the teens came in and she laid the phone on the counter, a Lancaster Police Department incident report said.

  • County honors Belk with employee award

    At first, Maj. David Belk didn’t give his nomination for Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter much thought.

    As second-in-command at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, Belk, 48, saw his name listed along with several other county employees on this quarter’s ballot for the employee award. He figured that’s where the attention would end.

    But as County Council neared its July 27 meeting, several council members urged Belk to make sure he was in attendance.

  • 'They’re burning down the town'

    When Pat Parsons crested the hill near Bojangles’ on U.S. 521 about 7 a.m., Aug. 4, 2008, he saw flames shooting from the roof of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Parsons, then a sergeant with the Lancaster Police Department, had received a call from his lieutenant, James Kirk, that the 180-year-old building was on fire and that he was needed at the scene.

    “My first thought when I crested the hill was, ‘Please let this be an electrical fire, an accident,’ but I knew in my gut it wasn’t,” Parsons said.

  • Helping out in Haiti

    Eddie Leaphart hopes a local yard sale will help provide food and shelter for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

    Leaphart, owner of a small home repair company in Lancaster and frequent visitor to Haiti, has been busy raising funds for his next trip to the Carribean country.

    During his last trip to Haiti in May, Leaphart distributed several tents and bags of rice using money he had raised in Lancaster County. And with help from Lancaster’s At Salon Dimensions, he’s hoping to replicate those efforts.

  • Local man needs kidney, pancreas transplant

    A charity motorcycle ride will be held Saturday to help a Lancaster man raise money for a dual transplant.

    David Geiger, 61, was diagnosed with diabetes and heart failure in 1984. And four years ago, he learned that he was suffering from renal cancer, too.

    Doctors say he needs a kidney and pancreas transplant.

    Friends and family are holding a charity ride Saturday to help pay for a transplant, which will cost about $425,000.

    The motorcycle ride will begin noon at Buford Sports Cafe, 1423 N. Rocky River Road.

  • Man, 46, run over by trailer

    A Lancaster man was treated and released from a Charlotte hospital after he was run over by a trailer on Barr Street on Wednesday.

    Robert Lorenzo Clark, 46, of 213 N. Clyburn St., was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after the 1 p.m. incident.

    A Lancaster Police Department report said Jimmy Ray Truesdale, 49, of 124 Truesdale Drive, told officers that Clark flagged him down as he drove on North Market Street.

  • SLED looking at house fire

    The State Law Enforcement Division is assisting the Lancaster Police Department with a Saturday night house fire investigation officers say is suspicious.

    According to a police department incident report, the Lancaster Fire Department and officers were called to 965 High Lane, off University Drive. The house is home to Ronald and Christi Gardner, who have three children.

  • Thanks to the Internet, long-lost sisters connect

    INDIAN LAND – Two very excited sisters were reunited over the weekend after 60 years.  

    Barbara Carter welcomed her sister, (Barri) Lynn Reeves Gonsolves to her home in Sun City Carolina Lakes on Friday.

    They were separated shortly after Lynn’s birth more than 60 years ago. They had never been in touch since that time – until last month after Barbara’s daughter, Vicki Graham, found her mother’s sister.

    The sisters have been e-mailing and calling ever since.

  • Council votes down request to modify building code

    Will strict construction codes keep national chains from setting up shop in the county?

    That was the question County Council considered last week after reviewing a proposed amendment from the county planning department.

    A developer at Indian Land’s new Walmart shopping center who wanted to use exterior building materials now prohibited by building codes prompted the requested ordinance amendment.