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  • 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.

  • Column: Joe Shaw really enjoyed his time in mayor’s office

    I first met Mayor Shaw when he was operating the Ellen-Dean Hotel.  He hired me while I was in high school to work in the afternoons Monday through Friday 3 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. When baseball was in, he let me off the weekdays so I could play high school baseball.
    He was at that time flamboyant and extremely outgoing, some would say talkative.  He was very good to work for and was considerate.

  • City upgrading new all-purpose rescue truck

    Lancaster Fire Department’s rescue truck – Rescue 1 – is the most used apparatus in the fleet.
    It not only answers emergency calls in the corporate city limits, but also provides mutual aid to the county in an area from Steele Hill to Heath Springs. In this year’s first 11 months, Rescue 1 responded to 530 calls.
    After a unanimous commitment from Lancaster City Council, there will be an upgraded Rescue 2 in the future to help reduce Rescue 1’s workload.

  • Heroin suspects answer yes when police ask: May we search car?

    A Lancaster couple was arrested for trafficking heroin after consenting to a voluntary search of their car, the second such arrest for them under similar circumstances since August.
    Jason Leonard Daniel, 36, and girlfriend Misty Dawn Friend, 33, both of 135 Charlie Stack Road, are each charged pending first appearances with trafficking heroin four to 14 grams.

  • Deputies’ low pay keeping jobs open

    A lack of competitive salaries is holding down staffing levels at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and county officials are exploring ways to encourage employee recruitment and retention.
    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said Dec. 4 he is facing a good news, bad news scenario when it comes to keeping his department fully staffed in the wake of the county’s rapidly growing population.

  • Woman charged with punching pregnant woman

    A Lancaster woman remains behind bars after being charged with punching a pregnant woman in the stomach during an assault last month.
    Gabriel Denise Hood, 38, 203 N. Hughes St., was arrested Nov. 18 on charges of unlawful entry and third-degree assault and battery, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    Police responded at about 9:17 p.m. Nov. 18 to a home in the 600 block of Dunlap Street about a large fight in progress.

  • Memorial library needs a new roof

    The Kershaw Memorial Library on North Matson Street has some issues, said Kershaw Town Councilwoman Sonya Poole, and it’s time to do something about them.
    Roof leaks have caused widespread mildew and electrical problems in the building, and Poole said selling the property is not a feasible option.

  • Let’s set goals for Lancaster, manager says

    When he was hired last month as Lancaster city manager, Flip Hutfles said one of his first goals was setting goals, and he is seeking feedback from city council, city employees and the public to do that very thing.
    He sees a direct relationship between clear goals and the success of any organization, and that includes the day-to-day operation of municipal government.
    “I believe it helps us move in the right direction,” Hutfles said. “That way, I can stay on the same page.”