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  • Cold case files: Victim' families long for answers, closure

    Mothers and fathers. Prostitutes. A fast-food worker. Teenagers. A drunk-driving victim.

    Black and white, old and young.

    Over the last five weeks, The Lancaster News has brought readers the stories of 14 people who were murdered or went missing since 1977. They all have some things in common.

    They long for answers and peace of mind.

    If their loved ones went missing, they want to know what happened to them. If their loved ones were killed, they want to know why they died and who did it. If foul play was involved, they also want justice.

  • Is call-center training working?

    Keith Tunnell hopes several call-center companies will eventually set up shop in Lancaster County.

    But as he works to bring those businesses to the area, there’s still one obstacle he says the county needs to address – training local workers for those types of jobs.

  • Fired officer seeks hearing

    Former Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Pat Parsons has filed a grievance with the city of Lancaster for his March 2 termination.

    According to city code, a grievance is defined as any complaint by an employee that he or she has been treated unfairly under city policies pertaining to employment. That could include discharge, suspension, involuntary transfer, promotion and demotion.

  • Councilwoman would like for city employees to get pay raises

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Sara Eddins wants to see all city employees get across-the-board raises.

    Eddins said she believes the city can afford to give its employees cost-of-living raises for the remainder of this year and for the 2010-11 fiscal year.

    Eddins said that will help retain quality employees.

    “I think the city can afford this,” she said  recently. “I want to keep these people.”

    Finance director James Absher ran a cost analysis and found that:

  • A recap of the 14 cold cases featured in our series

    Here is a recap of the 14 cold cases The Lancaster News has featured in our series over the past five weeks:

    Coley Patterson

    Coley Patterson, 79, who lived on Fork Hill Road near Kershaw, was an Alzheimer’s patient with a history of getting lost. He disappeared on Oct. 13, 2006, and never returned home.

    Some officials believe Patterson may have died from the elements or of natural causes, though no remains of his body were ever found.

    His son, Coley Patterson Jr., believes foul play was involved in his disappearance.

  • Master hoop players to return

    Get ready for an evening full of the type of basketball tricks you typically only see on TV highlight reels.

    The Harlem MagicMasters are returning to Lancaster for the third time. The team will play an exhibition game at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lancaster High School gymnasium.

    The opposing squad – the Fatherhood Dream Team – consists of local community members.

    Advance tickets are $6 for students and seniors and $8 for everyone else. The price at the door will be $8 for students and seniors, while everyone else will have to pay $10.

  • Woman thankful for Samaritan act

    FORT LAWN – If you found $100 on the floor, would you keep it?

    A Fort Lawn restaurant waitress doesn’t believe that keeping such found money would be the right thing to do. And the person who had lost the money is glad to see there are still some honest people in the world.

    On Thursday morning, the day after shopping and dining with her husband in Fort Lawn, Linda Truesdale realized she was missing something.

    An envelope containing $100 was gone.

  • Fighting fires to be taught in schools?

    County Council unanimously approved a proposal Monday to move forward on planning for a vocational firefighter training program.

    The proposed elective class, which would be taught in area high schools, is part of an effort to generate interest in and boost membership at the county’s fire departments.

  • Foundation collecting formal dresses in memory of teen who died in wreck

    The Elyse Rebecca Hardin Foundation has been established in her memory by her family and friends.

    The foundation will fund various youth activities and educational needs in the community.

    A Lancaster High School sophomore, Hardin died in a one-car wreck on Shiloh Unity Road on Dec. 29, 2009. She was 15.

    As a tribute to Hardin, the foundation is organizing Dress for Elyse.

    Many formal dresses are only worn once and never used again.

  • 'I Am Lancaster' promotion wants your quotes

    If you’re proud to be from Lancaster and have positive things to say about the county, you’re asked to take part in the “I Am Lancaster” campaign.

    See Lancaster SC, the group that promotes tourism in the county, recently started the effort that asks residents to submit a quote saying why they embody the spirit of Lancaster and why the county is a great place to live. But the group hasn’t received the response it was hoping for.