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Former IL volleyball coach Seidel files suit

By Hal Millard

The former coach of the Indian Land High girls’ volleyball team, whose brief tenure at the school ended last year before his team played its first regular season game, is now suing for back pay, according to a lawsuit.
In his suit filed April 3, James P. Seidel has demanded the Lancaster County School District pay him $2,161 in coach’s supplemental pay that he argues the district promised him in writing upon his departure from the school.


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Van Wyck sticks with UDO for now

By Greg Summers

VAN WYCK – Anyone who wants to build in the county’s newest town must follow the county regulations spelled out in the Unified Development Ordinance.
The Lancaster County Council unanimously voted March 9 for a memorandum of understanding with Van Wyck to keep the UDO in place for now. In other words, nothing will change until Van Wyck gets its is own zoning ordinances in place.
“You remember it took a year and a half for us to do that,” said County Attorney John Weaver, noting that the county UDO rewrite took from March 2015 to October 2016.


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No arrests yet in hit-and-run

By Hal Millard

Amber Green of Indian Land is just 42 years old.
“But in the past week,” she said, “I feel like I’ve aged 10 years.”
A week ago, her son, Wilkie, 4, and husband, Nathan, 41, were run over after an unidentified teen just south of Charlotte stole a case of beer from a Blakeney Village grocery and jumped into a waiting getaway car.


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Craft Stand owner running for mayor

By Mark Manicone

The mayoral race expanded yet again Monday and now includes a fifth candidate.
Don Geraghty, co-owner of The Craft Stand on Main Street, has filed in the special mayoral election to fill the term of the late Mayor John Howard. It’s his first run for public office.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” said Geraghty, 44. “I’m not a Lancaster native, but I’ve met the best people in my life here, and I want to see the city prosper.”


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Steve Harper: ‘This ranks at the very top of the good-news scale’

Lancaster County joining I-77 Alliance

By Greg Summers

RICHBURG – Almost four years after giving Lancaster the economic brushoff for membership, the I-77 Alliance has warmed up to include the county in the regional partnership that lures businesses to the area.
The county will join the alliance, which includes Chester, Fairfield, Richland and York counties, on July 1.
“As far as I’m concerned, this ranks at the very top of the good-news scale,” said Lancaster County Council Chairman Steve Harper. “This is really a great day in Lancaster….


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Our own Special Olympics

Lancaster County held its first Special Olympics Friday at Springdale Recreation Center. Here are a few moments from the games.


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IL father, son injured in hit-and-run

By Hal Millard

An Indian Land family is still reeling days after father and son were run over by a car, injuring both and leaving the father in serious condition.
The incident happened Tuesday in the Ballantyne area of south Charlotte, when 41-year-old Nathan Green and his 4-year-old son were entering a grocery store, according to news and police reports.
The pair were hit after an unidentified teen stole a case of Bud Light from the Harris Teeter at Blakeney Village shopping center and jumped into a waiting getaway car.


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NYC officials relocate statue honoring Dr. J. Marion Sims

By Mark Manicone

The Central Park statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims has been relocated because of the controversy over his medical experiments on enslaved women in the mid-1800s.
According to The New York Times, New York City’s Public Design Commission voted unanimously to move the statue to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where Sims is buried.
Protesters last August demanded the removal of the statue, which honors one of Lancaster’s most famous native sons. Sims is often referred to as “the father of gynecology.”


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Mayoral election gets 4th candidate

By Mark Manicone

A fourth candidate entered the Lancaster mayor’s race Friday as the 10-day filing period opened in the special election to fill the term of the late Mayor John Howard.


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Sobbing defendant: ‘He called me daddy. How do you think that makes me feel?’

Boyfriend sentenced in Jacarion’s death

By Kayla Vaughn

Eight months after he left a loaded pistol near 2-year-old Jacarion Gladden and left the room, Shazeem Tyrell Hayes was sentenced Friday to 8½ years in prison in the toddler’s accidental shooting death.
Hayes, 19, pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun by a person convicted of a violent crime and unlawful conduct toward a child.
Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons sentenced Hayes to the maximum five-year term on the gun charge and an additional 3½ years on the unlawful-conduct charge. The maximum sentence on that count was 10 years.


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