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  • County Council approves Project Brick details

    County officials remain tight-lipped on the name of a company coming to the county’s Air-Rail Industrial Park, even as County Council members finalized the acceptance process for the company on Dec. 28.

    Raising their hands during the last Lancaster County Council meeting of the year, council members unanimously approved three ordinances and a motion related to Project Brick, a company county officials have not yet identified.

  • Police arrest Great Falls man on drug, gun charges

    A traffic stop ended with several gun and drug charges filed against a Chester County man late last month.

    Earvan Lamount Alexander, Jr., 34, of Great Falls, was arrested Dec. 22 on a variety of charges after a traffic stop in Lancaster’s Eastview Apartment complex, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • One arrest made in Applebee’s armed robbery, more expected

    A Lancaster man was arrested for armed robbery, Monday, Dec. 31, only hours after a masked gunman robbed a manager at Lancaster’s Applebee’s restaurant.

    Applebee’s employee Brian Oneal Ealey, 42, was arrested late Monday evening at the restaurant on the charge of armed robbery, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said Ealey is not believed to be the gunman, though investigators say he worked with others to commit the crime.

  • Springs Close Foundation gives local grants

    From release

    The Springs Close Foundation along with the nine members of its community advisory committee made grants at their Nov. 21 annual meeting totaling $471,950.

    These grants were made to 19 agencies and organizations which assist local citizens who need basic and emergency needs such as food, medical assistance and shelter.

  • Woman reports assault by mob, dropped child

    Investigators continue to interview witnesses in an alleged assault by a mob outside a Lancaster gas station earlier this month.

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Matt Shaw said deputies are still determining exactly what happened to a Lancaster woman Dec. 15 outside the AM/PM gas station, at 1553 Lynwood Drive.

    Deputies responded to a fight in progress outside the gas station just after 5 p.m. And spoke with a 35-year-old victim at the scene, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Crime-prevention tools and 911 upgrades the 2013 ticket for local law enforcement

    With violent crimes dominating headlines in 2012, including a long list of murders, shootings and assaults, local law enforcement leaders have several plans for cutting the crime rate in 2013.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the top priorities for his office in the new year will continue to be reducing and preventing all forms of crime, especially violent crimes. The county logged 15 deaths in 2012 due to violent crime, several of which were murders. Assaults, weapon-related injuries and robberies were also prevalent.

  • Education leaders focus on finances, safety, standards and construction in upcoming year

    Outstanding report cards for Lancaster County schools and recognition as the best two-year campus in the state for University of South Carolina Lancaster were among the many accomplishments that marked 2012 as a great year for local education. 

    With 2012 gone, though, Lancaster County education officials are already looking forward to 2013 with a certainty that this year will be even better. Here’s what they’re saying:

    Lancaster County School District

  • County Council sets sights on jobs, economic development

    As unemployment continues to weigh heavily on the minds of county residents, job creation will once again be a top priority for Lancaster County Council in 2013.

    Councilmen Larry Honeycutt and Larry McCullough, along with County Administrator Steve Willis, all recently discussed the projects and plans council will tackle during the new year, with economic development chief among them.

    Honeycutt said he feels 2013 will be the year Lancaster County begins to rebound from years of high unemployment and slow development.

  • County’s three mayors discuss plans, goals for the new year

    From Lancaster to Heath Springs and Kershaw, construction and infrastructural development highlighted a lot of the governmental activity in 2012.

    With a new year here, the mayors of those three municipalities now discuss what they see on the horizon for the next 12 months.

    City of Lancaster

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw said he looks forward to the completion of the city-funded road improvements on Brook Drive, which is near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • Lone gunman holds up Applebee's

    Police officers swarmed the area around Lancaster’s Applebee’s restaurant early Monday morning, minutes after a man robbed an employee at gunpoint.

    In a press release sent hours after the incident, Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the armed robbery happened about 1:40 a.m. Monday inside the restaurant, located at 1268 S.C. 9 Bypass West.

    The manager told police he was alone and closing up the restaurant when he was approached by a lone, masked gunman.