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  • Spratt stands behind vote on health-care bill

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt stands behind his vote on the health-care bill that passed Congress last week, but he is taking heat for his vote from the man who hopes to unseat him in November.

    Spratt, D-5th District, was one of 219 House Democrats to vote in favor of the bill on March 21. There were 212 votes against the bill, which included all House Republicans and 34 Democrats.

    Spratt, whose district includes Lancaster County, said he voted for the bill because it will put insurance within the reach of 32 million more people, raising coverage to 95 percent of all Americans.

  • Parsons appeals to grievance committee

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Hugh White said he applauded an 18-year-old man for not retaliating against a detective who was questioning him about a stolen scooter.

    The detective, former Sgt. Pat Parsons, was fired March 2 after the teen, LaDarius Truesdale, and his mother, Angela Thompson, filed complaints against Parsons in February.

    Parsons’ hearing to appeal his firing was held Monday in City Council chambers by the city’s six-member employee grievance committee, which consists of employees from various city departments.

  • City Council to discuss former employee grievance today

    There is a special City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the City Council chambers. The agenda includes citizen comments, employee comments and an executive session to review a grievance filed by a former city employee.

    Pat Parsons, a sergeant with the Lancaster Police Department, was fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale.

    The city of Lancaster's employee grievance committee recently voted to reinstate Parsons, a former detective.

    Check our Web site later for an update on the meeting.

  • Summer school costs to increase

    Summer school costs for local students are going up.

    The Lancaster County school board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve 2010 summer school fees for middle and high school students.

    The cost for a middle school student is $100, a $75 increase.

    High school students who take a summer school course will pay $250, a $50 increase.

    Students out of district will be charged $350, also a $50 increase from last year.

    The cost for high school students taking recovering content is $150, the same price as last year.

  • Logging truck wreck blocks Flat Creek Road

    Flat Creek Road (S.C. 903) between Potter and Rocky River roads was shut down early Monday morning after a car was struck by a logging truck.

    The wreck happened about 8 a.m. east of the intersection of Flat Creek and Antioch Church roads, just past the Korner Kupboard.

    At the scene, volunteer firefighters were working to control a leaking “saddlebag” diesel tank on the passenger side of the empty logging truck.

    Firefighters cleared up from the wreck scene about 9:30 a.m. Monday.

  • Group plans second March Against Crime

    You’re invited to join a group of residents as they combat violence in their neighborhoods.

    Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) is holding its second March Against Crime.

    This one – a prayer march – will be held 10 a.m. April 10 at Southside Park on Conner Street.

    LAPS members and other community members will start at the park, walking through neighboring streets, many of which have been plagued by recent crime. The  march will end where it began – at Southside Park.

  • Steve Lewis cycles to raise money for officers memorial

    If I can go eight more minutes…

    It was 2005 and Steve Lewis had finished the first day of a bicycle ride from Portsmouth, Va., to Washington, D.C., to honor law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

    By the end of the first day, he was worn out, sore and beat. He called Lancaster resident Lois Rao and told her he might not be able to finish the ride, part of the national Police Unity Tour, which raises money for the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

  • Breaking News Is City Council discussing fired officer case?

    A day after former Lancaster Police Sgt. Pat Parsons appealed his firing, City Council met in closed session Tuesday night to presumably discuss the case.

    On Monday, the city's grievance committee heard arguments from both Police Chief Hugh White and Parsons.

    Parsons was fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18, that stated Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Group schedules, then cancels rally

    A rally meant to encourage residents to attend the grievance hearing for a fired Lancaster Police Department detective was canceled Saturday afternoon.

    Civil rights activist John C. Barnette, founder of advocacy group True Healing Under God, was set to speak at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster’s Mount Zion AME Zion Church, but the event was canceled when Barnette informed local organizers of the event he wouldn’t be able to make it Saturday.

    The event was subsequently canceled and there are no plans to reschedule the event.

  • First Thread Trail committee members named

    County Council has begun forming its Carolina Thread Trail steering committee.

    The group will suggest ideas and coordinate with county representatives for the trail, a proposed interconnected trail system that would extend throughout Mecklenburg County and the 14 counties that surround it. The trail would connect greenways and significant historical sites.

    In Lancaster County, this could mean connecting sites such as  Andrew Jackson State Park, Landsford Canal State Park and the 40 Acre Rock preserve to similar sites in other counties.