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  • Armed robber holds up Dollar General at Buford Crossroads

    Authorities are on the hunt for a man who robbed a store clerk at gunpoint late Wednesday night, Jan. 16.

    The armed robbery happened shortly before 10 p.m. at the Dollar General, at 4472 Pageland Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. The store is located at Buford Crossroads.

    Deputies responded a few minutes later and spoke with a female clerk. 

    The clerk reported that an unknown black man entered the store with a handgun while she was closing the store.  

  • Council votes to accept $1M for firefighters

    A packed house of firefighters waited anxiously Monday night, Jan. 14, moments before Lancaster County Council accepted a federal grant to boost manpower in the county’s fire service.

    Council chambers was packed before the vote with row after row of volunteer firefighters, fire chiefs and fire service members, many with their respective fire department logos emblazoned on their shirts.

  • Growth removes wildlife buffer

    INDIAN LAND – Blessed with an abundance of streams and rivers crisscrossing miles of rolling forests and rich farmland, Indian Land was once prized by the Catawba Indians and early settlers for its natural resources, including its wildlife.

    Though it’s easy to forget with all the suburban growth of the past decade, those rich forests off Indian Land’s main corridors are still home to an amazing range of wild game – including some species you might not expect to see so close to home. 

  • Faulkenberry basket fund nets more than $8K

    The recently concluded Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund provided assistance for many local families who have fallen on tough times.

    In its last report, HOPE in Lancaster had received $8,700 in donations, which goes toward food for Lancaster County families in need.

    The nonprofit organization manages the drive, which has just wrapped up its 53rd year.

    HOPE staff decided to extend the donation period this time until mid-January. In years past, it concluded at the end of December.

  • Woman reports attack at party

    Details surrounding the alledged attack of a woman at a house party earlier this month remain unclear, as investigators continue to interview witnesses.

    Officers responded at 3:53 a.m. Jan. 2 to a home in the 300 block of Elm Street about a loud noise complaint, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    When they arrived, officers saw several vehicles leaving the area, though there were still several people inside the home.  

  • New laws delay start of tax season

    There’s been a delay to the start of the 2013 tax season. 

    Because of new federal legislation enacted Jan. 2 in response to the “fiscal cliff,” the Internal Revenue Service won’t begin processing individual income tax returns until Jan. 30. 

    In typical years, the process starts around the middle of the month. 

  • Sheriff Faile: Newspaper carrier filed false report

    A contract newspaper carrier for The Lancaster News was arrested this week after investigators concluded he lied to them about an armed robbery.

    Leon Caskey, 45, 422 Gay St., was arrested Thursday, Jan. 10, and charged with filing a false police report, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The charges are related to a report Caskey filed Jan. 6 saying he was robbed at gunpoint by two men.

  • Some stories worth repeating

    As a journalist, some things, you never forget. These are the heartfelt stories we have the privilege of sharing with our readers.

    I guess you would have to be there to fully understand what I’m talking about.

    These are the days when you’re staring at a keyboard silently praying, “God, you’ve given me a good un’ to tell. Please help me to not screw it up.”

  • Winthrop study explores impact of road extension

    ROCK HILL – More than 58,000 new residents and $427 million in additional revenue.
    The numbers jump off the page as economists discuss the projected impact of extending Dave Lyle Boulevard from Rock Hill into Lancaster County.
    A special presentation on the matter was held Thursday evening, Jan. 10, at Winthrop University. Economists at the university’s College of Business Administration unveiled statistics from their study that analyzed how the eastward extension of Dave Lyle would greatly affect retail in the region.

  • Council to discuss transportation, continuity plan

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Transportation studies and local government plans are tops on Lancaster County Council’s agenda for its first meeting of the new year, Monday, Jan. 14.  
    Monday will be first official meeting for recently elected council members Brian Carnes (District 7), Bob Bundy (District 3) and Steve Harper (District 5).
    Council will first hear a briefing on the possibility of Lancaster County joining the Rock Hill, Fort Mill Area Transportation Study, also known as RFATS.