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  • Lancaster teen charged with attempted murder

    An 18-year-old has been charged in the shooting of another Lancaster teen over the weekend.
    The Lancaster Police Department announced Monday afternoon it has charged Deshaune Tillman, 110 N. Ferguson St., with attempted murder.
    Tillman shot Shaquille Lashaun Robinson, 18, once at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday in front of 116 Hazel Street, according to a police department press release.

  • Flags to be flown at half staff today
  • Choose next senator on Tuesday

    A longer-than-usual election season is about to come to an end as residents in Lancaster County and eastern York County prepare to head to the polls next week. 

    Voters will decide who will serve as their District 16 representative in the state Senate. 

    The candidates are Democrat Keith Brann, Republican Greg Gregory and Libertarian Stan Smith. 

    The winner will serve the remaining two years of former S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney’s term. Mulvaney is now serving in the U.S. House. 

  • Chester native presents ‘Southern Cold Warrior’

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – When people think of a long-serving, influential 5th Congressional District representative, the name John Spratt probably comes to mind. Long before Spratt served, and before he was even born, James P. Richards rose to national prominence as a congressman from Liberty Hill.

  • Officers save man's life

    Three deputies and a city police officer have been credited with saving a man’s life last month. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies Jason Catoe, Craig Lilly, Spencer McInvaille and Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Dale Johnson were recently honored by for their lifesaving efforts in the early morning hours of Feb. 25.

    About 4:30 a.m. that day, Lilly and McInvaille responded to a 911 call at a home off Springdale Road. 

  • Six county departments on the move

    Lancaster County officials provided more details last week for a plan to relocate the offices of at least six county departments. 

    During Lancaster County Council’s March 1 meeting, county staff narrowed down plans for moving around several departments and groups, including the assessor’s office, finance department and the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC). 

    The discussion began last month as council discussed what to do with the LCEDC, whose building on West Gay Street is prone to mold and water leaks. 

  • Teens told best 'high' hinges on good decisions

    Lancaster Coalition for Healthy Youth wrapped up its three-day conference on the Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities on Wednesday night by taking the message straight to their target audience — teens.

    The guest speaker for Teen Night, one of four keynote speakers during the conference, was youth motivational speaker, stand-up comedian, author and clinical neuropsychologist Matt Bellace.

  • Substance abuse conference a success

    Officials with Lancaster County’s Coalition for Healthy Youth said this year’s fourth Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities conference was another success.

    The three-day event, held March 7-10 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley building, drew about 150 drug-prevention specialists, counselors, ministers, school personnel, nonprofit administrators and others from as far away as Washington state. 

    The conference was funded, in part, by a $20,000 city of Lancaster hospitality tax grant.

  • Cost increase for improvements at city wastewater treatment plants

    The total cost for improvements at the city of Lancaster’s wastewater treatment plant has gone up, though officials say the increase will save the city a lot of money in the future. 

    Mack McDonald, the city’s public utilities director, gave an update on work at the plant during City Council’s meeting Tuesday night. 

    Turner Murphy Construction of Rock Hill is installing four new 150-horsepower effluent pumps, which send wastewater from the Lockwood Lane treatment plant to the Catawba River. 

  • City sets start date of fire hydrant testing

    The Lancaster Fire Department has set a start  date of April 4 for its semi-annual fire hydrant testing throughout the city limits.

    The testing will continue throughout April and May. 

    All city fire hydrants will be tested to ensure they operate properly and produce the required water pressure when needed to fight fires. 

    The hydrant testing must be done during normal operating hours. 

    It is impossible to know in advance where or when testing will take place in any specific area.