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  • Boys shot at on Miller Street

    A 12-year-old boy told Lancaster police he was shot at Wednesday afternoon while walking home on Miller Street.

    The boy said he and two other boys were walking between Sycamore Run Apartments and Miller Grove Apartments about 7:20 p.m. when gunshots were fired from a burgundy Ford Crown Victoria, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    The shots came from a back-seat passenger, who appeared to be aiming at the Miller Grove Apartments office building, the boy told police.

  • County looks for deputy administrator

    As Lancaster County Administrator, Steve Willis is often swamped with more duties than he can handle during a normal work week. Sometimes, he works seven straight days without a break.

    That’s why he asked for some help.

    “(County) Council had been talking about adding a deputy administrator for quite some time,” Willis said. “From a personal standpoint, my wife would tell me she would like to see me at home on the weekends and after church. Just the amount of paperwork, trying to stay in control, that’s the biggest thing for me.”

  • Heath Springs considers raising water, sewer rates

    HEATH SPRINGS – The water system in Heath Springs has undergone many improvements over the past several years, improving water service to residents.

    Many of the improvements, which include the installation of modern water lines, have been grant funded.

    But that doesn’t come without a cost to the small town – the grants in most cases need matches from Heath Springs.

    During Town Council’s July 21 meeting, Mayor Ann Taylor said the town has committed to spending $378,322 of its own money.

  • Woman left with just a tent

    VAN WYCK – When Rosemary Fann lost her husband, Randy, in early 2007, little did she know that two years later she’d lose her home as well.

    Fann, 61, used to live in a trailer off Van Wyck Road in Van Wyck. Set back from the road and nestled beneath several trees, the Fanns lived there for nine years.

    The property holds several memories for her, from the bountiful garden full of cucumbers and pumpkins that grew in her backyard, to the ramp her husband built for her after health concerns made it difficult for her to climb the stairs.

  • Eddins family donates 21 acres to land trust

    Sara and Mack Eddins of Lancaster have donated 21 acres to the Katawba Valley Land Trust.

    The property, intersected by Plantation Road, is located at the confluence of Gills and Bear Creek.

    The tract runs 2,100 feet along Bear Creek, which flows into Cane Creek and then into the Catawba River. It is comprised of bottomland hardwoods, including sycamore, sweetgum, hackberry and red maple.

  • Bust yields $87,000 in pot at Richburg Waffle House

    RICHBURG – Chester County drug agents arrested a Charlotte man over the weekend who they say was carrying a significant amount of marijuana.

    Luis Roberto-Bororquez Ventura, 29, of 6616 Rollingridge Road, Charlotte, was arrested around 3 a.m. Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Waffle House in Richburg.

    The Chester County drug team was working with the State Law Enforcement Division and had received a tip from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office that Ventura would be in the area and possibly holding an illegal substance.

  • Out of the ashes: One year later

    Local historian Lindsay Pettus remembers his reaction when he was called with the news that the historic Lancaster County Courthouse was on fire.

    “I cried,” Pettus said on Friday. “It was just devastating. When I rode down here and saw the immensity of it and saw the flames shooting out of the roof, it really struck home. The most historic building in Lancaster County was on fire.”

    Firefighters and law enforcement officers responded to the fire about 5:15 a.m. Aug. 4, 2008.

  • Pay your traffic ticket online

    Paying traffic tickets just became a little easier in Lancaster County.

    A new online payment system became available in June for motorists who have been issued traffic tickets within the 6th Judicial Circuit, which includes Lancaster County. The system, which can be accessed at http://publicindex.sccourts.org/lancaster/onlinepayments/, allows motorists to type in their last name and case number to access their information and pay their fine.  

  • Artisans Center to hold yard sale fundraiser

    If you’ve got some extra housewares, books or other items taking up space at your house, consider donating them to an indoor yard sale to benefit the Artisans Center on Saturday.

    The Artisans Center, 119 S. Main St., is a nonprofit arts center, with funding recently approved by  Lancaster City Council and County Council.

    A variety of art classes, ranging from music, theater, visual arts, creating writing and dance, will be taught there.

    The yard sale is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Breakfast will be available.

  • ZF Lemforder to close plant

    A company that has produced automotive suspension systems in Lancaster since 1999 will close its operations here within the next 13 months.

    ZF Lemforder, located in the Lancaster Business Park, announced Wednesday its intention to consolidate with a ZF plant in Gainesville, Ga. The 90,000 square-foot plant will slow down production next year and plans to close completely by September 2010.

    There are now 108 employees at the facility.  

    The company will work with the employees on severance packages and possibly relocating