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Thousands of county students return to school classrooms

Back to the books

By The Staff

Summer vacation is officially over for students in Lancaster County as they headed back to class Monday, Aug. 19, for the 2013-14 school year. That means lines – traffic, hallway and cafeteria – will be a daily occurence through May 29, 2014. Here is a brief glimpse at what went on at several school campuses in the county on the first day of school. 


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Awareness campaign features local law officers

Billboards promote DUI initiative

By Chris Sardelli

Local motorists may do a double take now that a few recognizable faces have become part of a new DUI-prevention billboard campaign.


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Suspicious fire destroys vacant home in Kershaw

By Chris Sardelli

KERSHAW – The blackened roof of a vacant home poked through a canopy of trees, vines and underbrush hours after a fire tore through the building Saturday, Aug. 17.


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Pedestrians struck in separate incidents

By Chris Sardelli

An 11-year-old girl was injured after she was clipped by a car along Pardue Street on Aug. 11, one of two recent cases of pedestrians struck by cars in the same neighborhood.

Officers responded at 7:23 p.m. to the 1800 block of Pardue Street and spoke with the child and her mother, a 33-year-old Lancaster woman, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

“(The victim) stated she was walking on the sidewalk in the 2000 block of Pardue Street when she was struck by a black car,” an officer wrote in the report.


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Sixth-graders, freshmen acclimate with orientation

By Reece Murphy

New schools, new rules, new expectations; top of the food chain one year, small fry the next; no idea where to go, how to act, what to expect.


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Council allocates $70K for study

City to address sewer overflow

By Jesef Williams

Many city of Lancaster sewer customers will one day benefit directly from ongoing efforts to assess wastewater overflow issues.

Following a closed session during its Tuesday, Aug. 13, meeting, City Council voted unanimously to use $70,800 in city money for an assessment of the sewer system near the Northside pump station. Affected areas include Kings Circle, Old Greenbriar Drive and West Arch Street.

This action stems from ongoing talks with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which mandated the study.


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Council sets price for old Springs store

By Chris Sardelli

Another door is now open for interested industries to move to Lancaster County, as county officials recently set a formal asking price for the county’s former Springs store/former temporary courthouse.

At its Monday, Aug. 12 meeting, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved a base asking price of $965,000 for the building, at 3888 Chester Highway (S.C. 9) near the Chester County line, while also allowing for future negotiation of the price if a company ever showed interest in the property. 


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Wilks pleads guilty in 2012 armed robbery

20-year sentence

A teenager, who changed his plea to guilty during his armed robbery trial this week, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. 


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Money to come from city’s general fund

$750K price tag City to upgrade 911 system

By Jesef Williams

The city of Lancaster has made a significant move toward the upgrade of its E-911 system. 

Following a closed session during City Council’s meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13, council voted unanimously to enter into a contract with New World Systems. 

That company, which provides government and public-safety software, will supply the city with a new 911 CAD (computer-aided dispatch) system as well as a new records-management system. 


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New teachers get the first-day jitters, too

School’s back in session The other side of the desk

By Greg Summers

The first-day classroom butterflies applies to teachers, too. 


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