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  • Man arrested after biting bar manager

    A Lancaster man led police officers on a foot chase moments after he bit a bar manager in the hand, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    Ronnie James Dunn, 20, 2007 Great Falls Highway, was charged Feb. 27 with assault and battery, malicious injury to property and disorderly conduct. 

    Officers with the Lancaster Police Department came to the Carriage Inn Motel on North Main Street after 11 p.m. Feb. 27 in response to a call about someone hanging from the back of a moving pick-up truck. 

  • Found body is missing Pa. man

    The search for a missing Pennsylvania man officially ended Wednesday after an autopsy confirmed the identity of a body found in a creek bed off Mount Carmel Road earlier this week.

    The remains of Joseph DeVivo, 87, from Stroud Township, Pa., were positively identified following an autopsy conducted early Wednesday morning, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

    Lancaster County and Pennsylvania authorities attended the autopsy.

  • Mike Rao remembered at Blue Alert bill signing

    A Lancaster native who died in the line of duty was remembered as Gov. Nikki Haley signed a measure into law that aims to protect the state’s law enforcement officers.

    On March 6, Haley signed the Blue Alert bill on the Statehouse steps in Columbia. Her action allows for the creation of an alert system that will inform the public when an officer is injured, abducted or killed.

    It will be similar to the Amber Alert, which issues notifications when a child goes missing.

  • Religion, birth control debate highlights town hall meeting

    The national debate regarding religion and contraception made its way to Lancaster on Tuesday evening.

    That’s where U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney spoke at a town hall meeting inside Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. He’s been traveling throughout the state’s 5th Congressional District lately, updating constituents on federal affairs in Washington, D.C.

  • Firsts fill the life of Don Funderburk

    Nobody who works at a newspaper ever has an original idea. What we do, is “usurp” from each other.

    I can prove it. The next time you’re on vacation or an extended trip out of town, find a grocery store that has a lot of paper boxes loaded with various local newspapers or a mall with an old-fashioned newsstand.

    If you see someone come up, and stare at the wide array of papers available, then fish change from their pocket or pocketbooks to buy one copy of each fish wrapper, I’d wager that person isn’t bored. 

  • Council split on Brook Drive specifics

    City Council is divided on certain details of the Brook Drive improvement project near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

    The city has been planning for sewer and road improvements that will better accommodate the future influx of student residents in that area in coming years.

    On Tuesday, council voted to accept a $144,853 bid from LCI Lineberger Construction to perform the road work – to include widening, resurfacing and the raising of a dip.

  • Luck of the Irish

    It’s Tuesday afternoon, March 6, a late-winter day turned glorious spring on Fishing Creek Lake in Fort Lawn.

    Six-year-old Ethan Turner of Lancaster is outside his family’s get-away home crawling around on his hands and knees, head down and peering into an emerald patch of clover.

    It’s one of his favorite things to do.

    “Here’s one,” he says and holds up a four-leaf clover between his tiny fingers.

    Two or three minutes later he finds another. Then another.

  • Banks Simpson wins first race at half-mile dirt track

    The first race held at Lancaster Speedway was on Sept. 11, 1954. According to the archives of The Lancaster News, that first race drew a standing-room crowd of more than 6,000 fans. Tommy Washam co-promoted the event with a 27-year-old up-and-comer from Oakboro, N.C., by the name of Bruton Smith.

  • Proposed Family Dollar raises ire of Elgin residents

    Robert Wade worries a new Family Dollar store near his Elgin home will mean an increase in crime.

    Rachel Wallace is concerned about what kind of store could move in to the building if the Family Dollar should happen to fail.

    And Carolyn Petroski, who enjoys the rural landscape of her community, fears the business could irrevocably harm her way of life.

  • County's B-3 overlay committee votes to disband

    A Panhandle rezoning plan is in flux once again, as a special committee tasked to clear up zoning concerns in the northern part of the county voted to disband last week.

    The Panhandle/B-3 Overlay Committee, made up of various residents, Lancaster County Council members and representatives from the county planning department, held its last official meeting last week.

    District 1 County Councilman Larry McCullough said the committee had delivered what it had been set up to do and he recommended it disband.