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  • Warm food makes for warm souls

    Plates full of turkey, rice and string beans were received with gratitude by those at the Greater New Hope Soup Kitchen on Wednesday afternoon.

    A few hundred people visited the kitchen on Ferguson Street in Lancaster to not only get a hot meal, but also receive some holiday cheer at Greater New Hope Christian Association and Outreach Ministries’ Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner. It was open to anyone in the community who wanted a meal.

  • Council lets business license idea die

    Half a year has passed since Lancaster County Council last discussed the idea of business licenses, but absence has not made some council members’ hearts grow fonder.

    Councilman Larry McCullough, who brought the idea of business licenses to the table in May, presented the issue again at council’s Dec. 7 meeting. With no progress made on the issue after so many months, McCullough said it was time for council to make a decision on whether to move forward with plans for business licenses or not.

  • County Council District 3 residents form action group

    More than 20 people showed up Tuesday for the first meeting of District 3’s new action council.

    Formed by County Councilman Cotton Cole, the group of residents met at Cotton Cole Auctions for its inaugural meeting. Inspired by the Indian Land Action Council, a grassroots organization in the county’s Panhandle, Cole formed the group to give residents a voice in county issues.

  • County may seek nearly $1.9M in federal funds for sherif's office

    To combat crime throughout the county, County Council is considering a number of grant requests to help with equipment and personnel for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    Sheriff Barry Faile recently requested that council allow his office to pursue several grants. This includes a continuation of its crime-scene investigators grants and a grant to outfit patrol cars with vital computer equipment.

  • Will we see snow today?

    It appears Lancaster County will see some kind of frozen precipitation in the next couple days, but forecasters aren’t sure if it will be sleet, snow or freezing rain.

    According to meteorologists with Duke Energy, an area of low pressure from the Gulf of Mexico was expected to track across northern Florida on Friday and up the Eastern Coast on Saturday.

  • RB Tax looks to relocate to Chesterfield Avenue

    Greg Blackmon said business at his tax service – RB Tax, LLC – has grown so much that he and business partner, Jim Robinson, were left with no choice but to look for another location.

    Now there’s a good chance the South White Street business will move to Chesterfield Avenue.

    Lancaster City Council on Dec. 8 unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance to rezone property at 1209 Chesterfield Ave. from residential (R-6) to neighborhood commercial (B-2).

  • Postal rush is on

    The lines at the Lancaster post office on Main Street stretched past the vestibule and out the front door on Monday afternoon.

    Those waiting in line were part of what has been called the busiest day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service. Across the country, the average daily mail volume increased by 40 percent on Monday, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

    “Bring on the rush – we are ready to deliver,” said Patrick Donahoe, the postal service’s deputy postmaster general and chief operating officer.

  • County to fund analysis of IL development

    As part of its plans to resolve problems at the stalled Edenmoor development in Indian Land, Lancaster County Council will provide funding for an engineering study of the property.

    Council will spend up to $14,800 in engineering assistance for the McNair Law Firm, the county’s attorney, in its ongoing analysis of the Edenmoor property. The decision came after council met in closed session Dec. 7.

  • Thieves target cars parked at restaurants

    ’Tis the season for crimes of opportunity, officers warn.

    With shoppers making their way from store to store, and local store parking lots packed with cars, crooks can find easy targets for their crimes.

    In the past couple months, many cars have been broken into at restaurant parking lots along S.C. 9 Bypass, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard.

  • Paying it backward

    As the fog lifted early Monday morning, Lynn Dabney pulled around the Chick-Fil-A drive-through for her daily cup of unsweetened iced tea.

    And just like every morning, she had her money out and was ready to pay, but today was a little different.

    A good Samaritan in front of Dabney had already paid for her meal and added a chicken biscuit to her order. Dabney sat in shock, eyes wide, as Chick-Fil-A employee Nikki Helms told her the news.