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  • SLED looking at house fire

    The State Law Enforcement Division is assisting the Lancaster Police Department with a Saturday night house fire investigation officers say is suspicious.

    According to a police department incident report, the Lancaster Fire Department and officers were called to 965 High Lane, off University Drive. The house is home to Ronald and Christi Gardner, who have three children.

  • Thanks to the Internet, long-lost sisters connect

    INDIAN LAND – Two very excited sisters were reunited over the weekend after 60 years.  

    Barbara Carter welcomed her sister, (Barri) Lynn Reeves Gonsolves to her home in Sun City Carolina Lakes on Friday.

    They were separated shortly after Lynn’s birth more than 60 years ago. They had never been in touch since that time – until last month after Barbara’s daughter, Vicki Graham, found her mother’s sister.

    The sisters have been e-mailing and calling ever since.

  • Council votes down request to modify building code

    Will strict construction codes keep national chains from setting up shop in the county?

    That was the question County Council considered last week after reviewing a proposed amendment from the county planning department.

    A developer at Indian Land’s new Walmart shopping center who wanted to use exterior building materials now prohibited by building codes prompted the requested ordinance amendment.

  • Hood, Howard file for re-election

    John Howard will run for another term on Lancaster City Council.

    Howard, who represents District 5 on City Council, filed to run for re-election Tuesday afternoon.

    He has been on council since 1982 and said he wants to still serve during what he calls the city’s most challenging time. Decisions made now will shape the city for many years to come, he said.

    “If it is the will of the people, I would like to continue to be a part of the process,” he said.

  • County awarded $60,000 to plan local greenway

    CHARLOTTE – The Carolina Thread Trail Governing Board has awarded $60,000 to Lancaster County, pushing community grant awards for trail development over $1 million.

    Planning and implementation grants awarded by the Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread) provide catalytic funding to support communities in the 15-county region as they develop trails for their citizens to use and enjoy.

  • Mother, daughter kidnapped after home invasion

    KERSHAW – A knock at the door from someone claiming to be with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office turned into a nightmare for three women early Thursday.

    According to the sheriff’s office, the knock came at 2 a.m. at 296 Railroad Avenue and a 55-year-old woman answered the door.

  • County to develop its first long-term strategic plan

    A growing population and a need to attract more businesses to the area have county officials eyeing the county’s first-ever strategic plan.

    While the county has developed other studies, including comprehensive plans, economic forecasts and capital-improvement lists, several council members have wondered why a long-term strategic plan has never been created to tie all those needs together.

    To begin the process, council brainstormed several ideas for the plan after its meeting on Tuesday night.

  • Heath Springs man sentenced to 17 years on two sex charges

    A Lancaster County man was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two sex offenses last week.

    Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Curtisha Mingo said John Wesley Phillips, 32, of 2415 Hoke Road, Heath Springs, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct and committing a lewd act on a minor.

    Mingo said the victims in the case are 10- and 13-year-old girls.

  • Book release, signing this week

    Kevan L. Waiters has taken his struggle and triumph and placed it on paper for others to read and become inspired.

    The Lancaster County native has written a book titled “Brother to Brother,” a first-hand account of many of the tribulations he and his family have endured over the years.

    The book has been published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises.

    A significant portion of the book centers on Waiters and his brother, Donald Frank, who had been in desperate need of a kidney transplant.

  • Council removes four commission members

    County Council has removed four members of the county’s Farmers Market commission from their seats.

    Council members decided after a closed session meeting Tuesday to remove the four commission members after they received a series of complaints from buyers and sellers at the farmers market.

    The members who were removed are Don Gowan, Stacey Gowan, Nancy Adams and George Roberts.

    County Administrator Steve Willis helped compose letters explaining council’s decision.