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  • 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.”

  • Presidential hopeful visits Sun City

    Sun City Carolina Lakes reaffirmed its reputation as a must-visit campaign stop for candidates touring South Carolina with an appearance Dec. 2 by Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson.
    Carson is the sixth Republican presidential candidate to appear at Indian Land’s active adult community this year.
    Sponsored by the Lancaster County Republican Party and the SCCL Republican Club, the town hall meeting drew about 250 residents on a gray and drizzling day for the first event at the community’s new activities center, The Lodge.

  • Details emerge in shooting

    A Lancaster man shot to death in his car late Nov. 28 may have been shot several times after his car struck an apartment on Douglas Road, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report said.
    The murder was the second murder in four days involving drivers of moving vehicles and the third significant shooting incident in and around Lancaster since Nov. 18.

  • Holiday events planned for city

    Though the once-annual, and much beloved, Santa Train will not be pulling out of the L&C Railway Depot this year, another celebration is hoping to fill the void.
    Teresa Meeks, director of support services for the city of Lancaster, is hoping to get the word out about Lancaster’s newest holiday tradition, ‘Christmas in the City.’ The event, which will span several days between Dec. 1 and 12, will combine a slew of existing Christmas celebrations with a few new twists.