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  • Work on new courthouse begins

    As the sound of hammering came from the historic Lancaster County Courthouse, officials broke ground on a brand new court facility next door.

    “I’m just thrilled it’s finally here,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Rudy Carter. “It’s a momentous day.”

    Several speakers took to the podium during the brief ceremony under a hot September sun, including Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond.

  • Council considers relaxing sign ordinance

    At first, Dave Loughry thought someone had stolen his sign.

    Loughry, a partner in Figaro’s Pizza, placed the sign near his business on U.S. 521 in Indian Land a few weeks ago. He advertised his Tuesday pizza specials, hoping to attract more business. But when he came back the next day, the sign was gone.

    A few weeks and three signs later, Loughry figured it was probably a group of bored teenagers who just couldn’t pass up a tempting target. Then one day a man came into his store and told him what really happened.

  • School officials hope public can help identify suspects

    School officials and police want to know if anyone recognizes two men seen on surveillance video prowling around Lancaster High School last week.

    The Lancaster County School District released a still photo from its digital surveillance system at the school. The photo shows two men walking around the courtyard area of the school about 11:10 p.m. Monday and about 4 a.m. Tuesday. One of the men is carrying a crow bar and is wearing a shirt with Al Pacino on it from the movie “Scarface.”

  • McGriff wins special primary

    Charlene McGriff edged out Blondale Funderburk to win in Tuesday’s special Democratic primary for Lancaster County Council’s District 2 seat.

    McGriff, chairwoman of the Lancaster County school board, won 371 votes to 345, according to the unofficial totals.

    Funderburk, a local businesswoman and first-time candidate, hugged several supporters as she learned of her loss Tuesday night at the Lancaster County Administration Building.  

  • Department planning 15th annual Fire Expo

    Come celebrate National Fire Safety Week with the Lancaster Fire Department at its 15th annual Fire Safety Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Walmart parking lot.

    More than 20 fire trucks from the city of Lancaster and the county’s fleet will be on display. Firefighters will also be on hand to talk to visitors, who may walk through a fire safety house and watch a simulated automobile rollover.

    You also be able to learn how to fire-proof your home for the holidays during the expo.

  • Police reports - Sept. 25, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A 19-year-old was charged with gun possession after police responded to gunshots fired on Miller Street on Sept. 18.

    Johnathan Deangelo Jones, 19, 413 S. Market St., was charged with discharging a firearm in the city and carrying a pistol.

    Police in the back parking lot of the police department heard gunshots, and the department also received calls about shots fired at Miller Grove Apartments, the report said.

    Officers questioned Jones, who was walking on Market Street.

  • Group mobilizes to tackle underage drinking

    A recently formed group is making major plans to combat alcohol consumption among local youth.

    A federal grant awarded to the Lancaster County School District to target underage drinking led to the organization of Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA).

    In late May, the group encouraged county businesses that carry alcohol to sign a covenant not to sell to minors. The group honored the participating businesses with a banquet earlier this month.

    On Wednesday afternoon, CMCA members met to discuss its goals and future action.

  • Fatherhood Project honors dads at event

    Some men who’ve made major turnarounds in their lives were reminded of the qualities needed to be a good father.

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project, which assists local men with various needs, held its 2009 recognition banquet Thursday at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The Rev. AnThony Pelham, pastor at Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church, was the keynote speaker.

  • Spratt gets an earful at health care town hall

    ROCK HILL – The Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill was packed Thursday night, and judging by the applause and jeers, packed mostly by people who are against health care reform.

    Chairs for 650 people were set up at U.S. Rep. John Spratt’s health care town hall, but when the room was filled, police required that people be kept outside the building. Anywhere from 100 to 300 people were turned away at the door.

  • Council to increase IL fire district charge

    Lancaster County Council recently discussed increasing a special tax district charge that could affect property owners in Indian Land.

    Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance Aug. 10 that would amend the 2009-10 county budget to increase the special fire tax from $80 to $90 in the Indian Land communities of Edenmoor, Sun City Carolina Lakes and Bel Air. The fee is used to pay the salaries of full-time firefighters assigned to the Indian Land Fire Department.