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  • Cerebral palsy hasn’t stopped Stephen Gonzalez

    Stephen Gonzalez isn’t supposed to be here to tell you his story of struggle and triumph.

    The Carolina Christian Academy graduating senior was diagnosed years ago with cerebral palsy, an umbrella term referring to a number of conditions that cause physical disability.

    Specifically, Gonzalez has right spastic diplegia, a central nervous system disorder that has affected his right leg movement.

    Years ago, Gonzalez was told that if he lived, he would be a vegetable – having to wear diapers and be fed through a tube.

  • Man, 68, dies when van rolls over him

    The owner of a local auto shop died Thursday morning at his home.

    Boyce Payne, 68, was pronounced dead about 10 a.m. after a van rolled on him in the yard of his Overbrook Road home, said Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight.

    Payne was working under the van when the accident happened about 9:20 a.m.

    Payne operated Payne’s Garage & Alignment on Echo Woods Drive, Knight said.

    Knight wouldn’t release Payne’s cause of death or any other information about the accident Thursday afternoon.

  • Child, 8, in hospital after near drowning

    INDIAN LAND - A week after almost drowning in an Indian Land community pool, a young girl remains in critical condition in a Charlotte hospital.

    On June 5, Kamila Strother, 8, of Indian Land, was found on the bottom of the BridgeMill neighborhood pool. Strother had been attending another child’s birthday party.

    At about 8 p.m. that day, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible drowning at 7135 Harcourt Crossing, which is the BridgeMill neighborhood pool.

  • Wal-Mart making plans for new store

    INDIAN LAND – Get ready shoppers, Wal-Mart is making plans to build its second Lancaster County store.

    Chris Neely, spokesman for Wal-Mart, said the company has opened bids on construction at the Indian Land site off U.S. 521 near the North Carolina state line. A contractor has not yet been awarded, but Neely said that could happen in late summer or early fall.

    Once work begins, Neely said it could take up to a year to finish construction and ready the building.

  • Economist at local forum: Recovery may begin in fall

    An economist told Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members Thursday morning that the economy could begin to recover from the recession in the fourth quarter of 2009.

    Steve Rick, senior economist for the Credit Union National Association, addressed chamber members at the Economic Forum 2009 at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    Rick said many economists believe this is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. He said the recession of 2001 was minor in comparison.

  • Sheriff: Woman set fire to home, again

    A Lancaster woman charged with setting fire to her ex-boyfriend’s house in February has been charged again with the same crime.

    Ashley Kirkland, 24, address unknown, has been charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree arson, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to an incident report, a deputy responded Saturday morning to 1118 2nd St. because of a house fire.

  • Police following leads in Saturday shootings


    Authorities continue to probe the early Saturday morning shooting that sent a recent high school graduate to the hospital.

    Lancaster Police Lt. James Kirk said Monday afternoon that no arrests have been made in the incident in which Todd Talford, 18, a 2009 Lancaster High School grad, was shot in the chest at Crenco Food Store on South Main Street.

    Though no suspects have been identified, Kirk said investigators are following up on leads. Police are looking for a motive, he said.

  • 218 arrested in local roundup

    Sheriff Barry Faile said he was sworn in as sheriff on Jan. 5, and on Jan. 6, Operation New Year’s Resolution began.

    At a press conference Thursday at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and flanked by elected officials and local and state law enforcement officials, Faile talked about the operation, which netted 218 arrests, drugs, guns and $27,000.

    Crimes range from criminal domestic violence to driving offenses and drug charges.

    Faile said 119 arrests came as the result of checkpoints, warrant sweeps and specialized narcotics operations.

  • County considers funding to train call center workers

    Lancaster County Council is considering a funding request for a new workforce training program that could attract call centers to the county.   

    Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., and Ernie Green, dean of Off Campus Centers for York Technical College, spoke to council Monday.

  • Vote to disband new committee fails

    A motion to disband County Council’s new business license committee – a panel that hasn’t even met for the first time – failed Monday.

    Councilman Cotton Cole recommended that council table the idea of even studying a business license.

    Cole then motioned to dissolve the committee.

    The motion failed on a 4-3 vote.

    Council members Cole, Kathy Sistare and Jack Estridge voted in favor of dissolving the committee.