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  • Contingency money for Streetscape should improve efficiency, ensure fairness

    A slight change in the city of Lancaster’s Streetscape beautification project is expected to yield more fairness and efficiency during the construction process.

    At its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 8, Lancaster City Council voted unanimously in favor of a request to put $7,883 in contingency money toward its latest Streetscape project, which will bring new lighting, sidewalks and other improvements along South Main Street.

  • Schools get new buses for special-needs students

    Lancaster County School District is the proud owner of new school buses this semester thanks, in large part, to the S.C. Education Lottery.

    The six buses, worth nearly $500,000 in all, are among 342 new special-needs school buses the S.C. Department of Education delivered to school districts last month.

    “Transporting students safely to and from school is a priority for the department and school districts,” S.C. Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais said during a press conference. 

  • Authorities continue search for teen

    It’s been more than seven months since anyone has seen 16-year-old Angel Laney and authorities are asking for the public’s help to find her.

    The Lancaster teen was last seen May 15, 2012, and despite several sightings during the last few months, Laney has not been found, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw.

  • Woman reports New Year’s Day assault

    A Lancaster woman reported she was attacked by a man while at a friend’s house on New Year’s Day.

    Officers spoke with the 31-year-old victim at a Pardue Street home shortly after the attack, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The woman told police she was at her friend’s home in the 2100 block of Pardue Street just before 11 p.m. when a man she knew started touching her. She told him to stop and when he didn’t, she slapped him four times, the report said.

  • Group threatens, points gun in West Dunlap Street incident

    Detectives continue to investigate what happened Dec. 28 after a group of men reportedly threatened two people at a Lancaster home and pointed a gun at them. 

    Lancaster Police Department officers responded at 4:44 a.m. to a home in the 300 block of West Dunlap Street about a report of shots fired, according to an incident report.

    A 24-year-old woman told officers three people came to her house and began arguing with her and a man she was with. 

  • Gunshots fired into homes

    No arrests have been made in separate incidents in which gunshots were apparently fired into homes in Lancaster County. 

    Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Jan 2, Lancaster police officers responded to the 1800 block of Pardue Street after receiving an anonymous call about shots fired in the area. 

    Neighbors pointed police to two apartments that had been struck by bullets. Both are in the 1500 block, the report said. 

  • ‘Hobo Jim’ at home in courthouse

    In 1983, a young fresh-out-of-law-school upstart walked into the bottom floor of the Lancaster County Courthouse in an official capacity.

    Sure, he had been inside the building on many occasions, but this time was different.

    His job before a county magistrate that day was to represent a client who was trying to collect what was due him for repairing an automobile. The lawyer walked out that day after winning the case.

  • Two rob newspaper carrier at gunpoint

    A contract newspaper carrier for The Lancaster News was robbed at gunpoint early Sunday, Jan. 6, and deputies are still searching for the suspects. 

    Deputies responded about 4:20 a.m. to The Speedee Mart, at 1416 Pageland Highway, about a report of an armed robbery, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. The convenience store is beside the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District office.  

  • Additional city charges filed against trio

    Another long list of charges have been filed against a trio of people arrested on multiple burglary charges last month.

    The Lancaster Police Department has now charged Joel Brandon Scott, 31, 1317 Memorial Drive; Joshua Matthew Thurman, 27, 1348 Memorial Drive; and Amber Leigh Airington, 20, 1121 Chesterfield Ave., in connection to a string of burglaries and breaking-and-entering incidents occurring between Nov. 20 and Dec. 6 in the city limits, according to arrest warrants. 

  • A few new laws go into effect this month

    South Carolina voters will have to show a photo ID in 2013. Maybe.

    The law is among the few with wide-ranging impact to residents of Lancaster County that go into effect this year.

    There are, however, several laws that went into effect late last year worth noting.

    Voter ID