Local News

  • What to do about violence?

    There wasn’t a large crowd, but that didn’t matter to Lancaster City Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris.

    Her crime watch group, Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy, held a community forum Friday night at the Lancaster Police Department to discuss violence with a panel of guests, including pastors, city and county council members and law enforcement officials. About 15 people came out for the forum.

  • Great Falls man, 28, hospitalized after shooting on Tripp Lane

    A Great Falls man was injured in a shooting at a home on Tripp Lane on Tuesday night.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, deputies were called to the home about 10 p.m. because of a shooting.

    When deputies arrived, they found the 28-year-old man lying on the floor in the bedroom. He had a gunshot wound to his abdomen, the report said.

  • County finance department wins award for 11th time

    It’s been 11 years and 11 wins for the county’s finance department.

    Veronica Thompson, who has served as the county’s finance director for the last nine years, has helped the county win its 11th straight award for its comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR.

    Thompson and her finance department are in charge of compiling the report, which recently won its 11th Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officer’s Association.

  • Veteran educator picked as new KES principal

    KERSHAW – A veteran of the Lancaster County School District will become the new principal at Kershaw Elementary School.

    On Tuesday, the school board unanimously approved the recommendation of Dr. Annette Melton, who’s been in the district for 27 years.

    Melton replaces Dr. Jennifer Etheridge, who’s leaving Kershaw Elementary to take a position at Winthrop University. Melton will assume the principalship July 1.

  • Two local women face arson charges

    Two Lancaster women were arrested on arson charges on Tuesday after one of the women’s boyfriend’s car was set on fire.

    Adrianna Regina Dawkins, 20, of 311 N. Catawba St., and Jessica Chavonne Portee, 21, of 603 Chesterfield Ave., have each been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with third-degree arson and malicious injury to property over $2,000.

    Capt. Harlean Howard said Dawkins confided in a family friend about the arson incident, and she came to the police department on Tuesday morning with the friend to talk to police about it.

  • Sweltering in the sun

    Quincy Peagler doesn’t need a thermometer to tell him how hot it’s been this week. He can judge the heat based on how many T-shirts he wears a day.

    “It’s not unusual to wear at least two shirts a day out here,” said Peagler, an electrician working on the county’s new courthouse construction on Wednesday. “Today was a two T-shirt day, but yesterday, that was definitely a three T-shirt day.”

  • Breakfast Rotary Club raises $25,420 for charities

    On April 22, the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club held its first live and silent auction and raised $25,420 to help support charities benefiting Lancaster County residents. The auction had winning bidders choosing charities to receive their contributions.

    Some of the charities receiving funds from Rotary Night include:

    • American Red Cross, Lancaster County Chapter

    • Christian Services

    • Educational Foundation of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster

    • Family Promise of Lancaster

    • HOPE in Lancaster

  • 100 jobs cut in school district budget

    There will be about 100 fewer positions next year in Lancaster County School District.

    The reductions are part of the vast cuts included in the $66.8 million 2010-11 budget, which the school board unanimously voted Tuesday to adopt.

    The school district is receiving about $2 million less from the state for the next school year than what was initially budgeted for 2009-10. The district is also getting about $1 million less in federal stimulus money for 2010-11.

  • Collection of penny tax exceeds estimates in Chester County

    CHESTER – Work to renovate the Chester County jail is progressing and so is the process through which upgrades are being paid for.

    The 1 cent sales tax that was approved to cover the $11 million bond is bringing in more money than was expected.

    Chester County Treasurer Jack Kindle said in total, the collections are $184,000 ahead of where they were expected to be.

    “We tried to be fairly conservative in our estimates,” Kindle said. “It’s good to see it’s working the way it is.”

  • Teach dad a new twist about Medicare’s Prescription Drug Plan

    Who says you can’t teach an old dad new twists?  

    All across the nation this Father’s Day weekend, people are telling their fathers, grandfathers, and other special men in their lives about a new “twist” in the law that may help them qualify for extra help paying for costs associated with their prescription drugs.