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  • Kershaw, Lancaster Residents report armed robberies

    A Kershaw man said he was pulled out of his car, roughed up and robbed by a man he’d stopped to speak with on a road outside of town Nov. 29.
    The armed robbery was the second in three days, the other one having occurred Nov. 26 outside a church on Great Falls Highway.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the 19-year-old Kershaw man who lives on Youngs Bend Road said he was suffering from insomnia the night of Nov. 29 and decided to go for a ride about 11:35.

  • Technicality puts McClancy rezoning back on table

    Despite a vote to deny an industrial rezoning for McClancy Seasoning last month, a procedural technicality will allow the issue to be heard once again during Lancaster County Council’s Dec. 14 meeting.
    The rezoning, which has drawn ire from hundreds of Panhandle residents during the last few months, was brought back to council’s Nov. 23 meeting when Councilman Steve Harper asked for a motion to reconsider.

  • Man accused of entering house, assaulting couple

    A Lancaster man was arrested this week and charged with climbing through a kitchen window and assaulting a couple inside a home.
    Travis Antwan Davis, 26, 704 Central Ave., was arrested Dec. 1 on charges of second-degree assault and battery and second-degree criminal domestic violence, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The arrest came minutes after officers responded just after midnight to a Penny Street home about a disturbance. A 911 dispatcher reported a woman was on the line and was yelling for Davis not to take a child from the scene.

  • NAACP event to coach students, parents on interactions with police

    As confrontations between police and young people have dominated national headlines this year, the Lancaster branch of the NAACP is hoping a town hall meeting will teach residents how to safely interact with law enforcement officers.

  • ‘He knew, he cared, he helped’

    As Carolyn Taylor walked inside First Baptist Church for Mayor Joe Shaw’s memorial service Dec. 6, she remembered the summer of 1945, when her family lived across the street from his.
     “I was a young teenager, and I can recall Joe walking downtown to work for Mr. Hicks at the drugstore,” Taylor said. “His love for Main Street started many, many years ago.”
    And that love never ended.

  • Slayings provoke activists

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigators are exploring a possible connection between the Dec. 5 murder of three Lancaster natives in Charlotte and the slaying of a man in Lancaster Nov. 28.
    Meanwhile, the mother of two of the Charlotte victims joined with a newly formed Lancaster chapter of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Dec. 8 to address drug and gun violence in Lancaster.

  • Shaw: 'A life well-lived'

    As Carolyn Taylor walked inside First Baptist Church for city of Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw’s celebration of life service on Dec. 6, she couldn’t help but look back to summer of 1945 in a story that only she can tell. She said her family grew up just across the street from Shaw’s.
     “I was a young teenager and I can recall Joe walking downtown to work for Mr. Hicks at the drug store,” she said. “His love for Main Street started many, many years ago.”
    And that love never ended.

  • Christmas Basket total climbs to $3,645

    The total for the 2015 Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund has grown to $3,645 in the last week, but there is still a long way to go.
    The goal this Christmas season is $10,000, which means $6,355 is still needed to provide Christmas food boxes to some of the county’s neediest families.
    “The donations have increased and we’re extremely grateful. However, we are still quite short of our goal,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, which oversees the annual fundraiser.

  • Man runs from police during arrest, still at large

    Police are still on the hunt for a Lancaster man who ran from officers late last month as he was being arrested on charges of assaulting a woman and holding her against her will.
    Arrest warrants have been issued for Demarco Font’e Blair, 26, 436 Clinton Ave., on charges of kidnapping, second-degree criminal domestic violence and resisting arrest, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Mulvaney discusses refugees, immigration, politics

    Congressman Mick Mulvaney discussed Syrian refugees, immigration, attitudes toward American Muslims, regaining the White House and new House Speaker Paul Ryan during a town hall meeting in Lancaster Nov. 24.
    The meeting at the University of South Carolina Lancaster drew an estimated crowd of 70 constituents from as far away as Chesterfield County.