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  • Fired dispatcher to have hearing

    A former Lancaster Police Department dispatcher filed a grievance with the city of Lancaster to appeal her firing and will have a public hearing to make her case Monday.

    The city’s grievance committee, made up of city employees from various departments, will hear the case at 9 a.m. Monday in City Council chambers at City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St.

    The hearing will consist of presentations by the police department and by the former dispatcher, Laverne Thompson.

  • TEA party movement to celebrate its first anniversary on Tax Day

    Lancaster County residents are invited Thursday to the one-year anniversary of the county’s TEA party movement.

    The TEA party begins at noon in the parking lot of the former Elrod Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership at 845 Lancaster Bypass East. TEA stands for Taxed Enough Already.

    This is one of several TEA party events organized by residents who have been especially critical of taxes and government spending since Barack Obama became president in 2009.

    The event will feature conservative speakers Chad Connelly and Marvin Rogers.

  • Woman with rare liver disease seeking transplant in Florida

    Rhonda Powers is a huge Elvis Presley fan whose dream is to visit his former home, Graceland in Memphis, Tenn.

    Powers could get to Tennessee in a single day, but major health problems have stymied any serious thoughts of taking such a trip.

    The Lancaster County resident was diagnosed last year with a liver disease called nonalcoholic steatphepatitis, or “NASH.” The rare condition is similar to alcohol liver disease, but affects people who drink little to no alcohol. The cause of NASH is unknown.

  • Have you filed your tax returns?

    Andy McBride walked passed a tax preparer’s office Monday afternoon with a peaceful smile as he made his way to a neighboring retailer.

    Asked if he had filed his 2009 tax return already, the Lancaster resident responded enthusiastically, saying he did so nearly two months ago. McBride said he’s never been one for the last-week rush.

    “I do mine right away,” McBride said. “Boom. Pow. Done!”

  • City Council upholds officer's firing

    Pat Parsons will not get his job back.

    On Tuesday, Lancaster City Council unanimously voted to uphold the decision to fire Parsons, who had worked for the Lancaster Police Department for 11 years.

    Parsons, 50, a sergeant, had been fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18.

    The two said, in their February complaints, that Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Taking a stand against alcohol

    It hurts Karl Kakadelis to speak in front of crowds, but he knows it’s something he has to do.

    On Wednesday evening, he spoke with his head down, taking long pauses in between sentences. He would glance toward the audience and then begin to talk about his big mistake – a mistake he regrets every day of his life. His story is quite appropriate, as he was the guest speaker at a special town hall meeting on underage drinking, held Wednesday at the Springdale Recreation Center.

  • Buford rezoning measure passes second hurtle

    Despite a complaint from a concerned resident, County Council voted unanimously Monday to approve second reading of a rezoning request for an old Buford night club.

    Council reviewed a rezoning request from Collins Realty for a 2.41-acre tract of property at 1526 Carnes Wilson Road. The realty company has asked that the property, formerly the B&W night club, be rezoned to allow a cabinet shop to operate in the 5,600-square-foot building, which is now vacant.

  • Candidates can begin campaigns

    Filing ended Tuesday at noon for candidates wishing to run for several political offices this year.

    Republican or Democratic candidates looking to run for County Council Districts 2, 4, and 6, probate judge or state House seats for District 44 and District 45 were required to file with their parties by noon on March 30.

  • Staffers win 7 awards in SCPA contest

    The Lancaster News staffers won seven awards at the S.C. Press Association’s annual meeting held this weekend in Columbia. The Alabama Press Association were the judges for this year’s entries.

    Christopher M. Lucas, news coordinator, won first place in page design, with “Ghouls and Goblins.” The judges wrote, “Page is a lot of fun and the listings are broken up in a way that is easy to read. I like  how the illustration interacts with the text box. My eye goes straight to the center of the page. Color scheme fits the Halloween theme.”

  • Kershaw plans two events remembering children

    KERSHAW – In March 1999, David Kellin’s son, Chandler, died during his premature birth.

    A year later, Kellin’s daughter, Sara, was born at 25 weeks old. She was put on life support in neonatal intensive care but suffered a pulmonary embolism. After three days, Kellin had to make the decision to take his daughter off life support.

    “We let her go peacefully,” Kellin said.

    Kellin runs Kershaw Counseling, a private counseling practice for adults and children, in the evenings and on weekends.