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  • Official proposes firefighter program in local high schools

    County Council will discuss a potential high school firefighter program at its meeting Monday.

    Council will hear a presentation about the proposed four-credit elective class from Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell.

    The proposal calls for starting the program in two local high schools and expand it to other schools if needed.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said if the county adopts the new program, students could become certified firefighters upon completion of the course.

  • Grievance hearing set for fired police officer

    A grievance hearing for former Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Pat Parsons has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.

    The hearing will be held in council chambers at Lancaster City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St.

    Parsons, 50, was fired March 2 after complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18, that stated that Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Officers seize $20,000 in arrest

    A Lancaster man was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop by county drug officers on Thursday that yielded more than 6 pounds of marijuana and $20,000.

    Lepoleon Hall, 32, of 927 Louisa St., has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within proximity of a park.

    According to a press release, drug officers serving arrest warrants in the Central Avenue area saw Hall driving and knew that his driver’s license was suspended.

  • Shooting suspect charged after traffic stop

    Three Lancaster men, including one wanted in a shooting last month, were arrested after a traffic stop in the parking lot of Crenco on South Main Street on Monday.

    Demarcus Antoine Samuel, 20, of 122-A Pleasant Hill St., was charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with unlawful carrying of a handgun, possession of marijuana and no turn signal.

    MiQuavis Jamar Cunningham, 19, of 305 N. Market St., was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.

  • Edenmoor Timeline

    • 1999 – The Mulvaney Group begins putting together an 800-acre development it called St. Katherine’s.

    • July 2002 – Property zoned Planned Development District (PDD) 8 at the request of the Mulvaney Group/St. Katherine’s.

    • September 2004 – County Ordinance 623 creates special tax-assessment district for St. Katherine’s.

  • Blaze damages Kershaw building

    KERSHAW " Officials say a fire at a vacant industrial building in Kershaw is suspicious.

    Several fire departments from Lancaster and Kershaw counties battled a blaze at the vacant building on Little Dude Avenue in Kershaw on Wednesday night.

    The fire started about 3:30 p.m. at the vacant tin building across from ECN Inc.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the fire is suspicious, but has not been ruled an arson.

  • Allen Tate executive to speak at chamber event

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will present its first 2010 Membership Luncheon at noon Tuesday at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.

    The guest speaker will be Pat C. Riley, president and chief operating officer of the Allen Tate Co.

    Riley will address housing market trends and the future outlook in Lancaster, Chester and York counties in his presentation, “Perspectives on National, Regional, and Local Housing Markets.”

  • $25.3M OK’d for work on 4 bridges

    Four Lancaster County bridges will soon receive major overhauls thanks to a federal funding program.

    The estimated cost of the four projects is  $25.3 million.

    As part of the Federal Aid Bridge Program, the county has been allocated funding for four bridges in need of repair.

    They include the bridge over McAlpine Creek on Harrisburg Road in Indian Land, the bridge over Cane Creek on S.C. 200, the Catawba River bridge on S.C. 9 and the bridge over Hanging Rock Creek on Shop Road near Kershaw.

  • Breaking News Witness leads deputies to suspected bank robber

    KERSHAW – Sheriff’s deputies caught a suspected bank robber minutes after First Palmetto Savings Bank was robbed Monday afternoon.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Rian Michael Lopez, 21, of Lincolnton, N.C., with entering a bank with intent to steal which is a felony.

    According to a press release, Lopez went into First Palmetto Savings Bank, at 301 N. Hampton St., about noon and approached a bank teller.

  • Woman, 42, dies in wreck on U.S. 521

    A 42-year-old Kershaw woman died after she crashed into a logging truck on U.S. 521 on Wednesday afternoon.

    The 4:05 p.m. crash happened about 1 mile south of Lancaster near Carolina Christian Academy.

    Reba Morgan Sims, of 503 Floyd Road, was pronounced dead at the scene by Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese.

    She died of blunt force trauma, Deese said.