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Today's News

  • Council approves Brooklyn demolitions

    The county took another step toward revitalizing Lancaster’s Brooklyn neighborhood during its last meeting of the year on Dec. 10.
    During the meeting, Council approved a demolition plan for several Brooklyn properties by a vote of 6-0. Councilman Larry Honeycutt was absent from the vote.
    County Administrator Steve Willis presented to council the original demolition plan for several buildings in the neighborhood, to be funded by a Community Development Block Grant.

  • Wanted man arrested after chase

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com  
    A Kershaw man, who was wanted by police, remains jailed this week on a long list of charges after he ran from deputies and hid in a stranger’s home.
    Corey Demario Carruthers, 27, 486 Hill St., was arrested Dec. 14 after deputies saw him walking down a Kershaw street and chased after him, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    Carruthers was wanted on several outstanding warrants.

  • Fatality reported in Antioch house fire

    Firefighters and county investigators are on the scene of a house fire in the Antioch Community, near Antioch Volunteer Fire Department, where there is one reported fatality.

  • Roads, budget, security among legislative topics

    A so-so session of the General Assembly concluded in July. Our budget revenues continued to improve, but the Senate’s performance did not.
    Attempts at tax reform never got traction and opponents of government restructuring ran out the clock to spite the governor when the ball was on the one-yard line. Oftentimes in politics personalities trump policies. It was true in Caesar’s time and remains so today. Here’s what happened on some selected issues:
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  • Statewide Amber Alert/police chase ends near county line

    UNION COUNTY, N.C. – Two small children were whisked to safety, and one man was arrested, after a police chase ended near an abandoned poultry farm just over the North Carolina line Thursday, Dec. 20. 

    Their father – Dennis Matthew Penny II, 37, of Mount Croghan – was arrested at about 11:45 a.m. on charges of first-degree burglary and kidnapping, according to press releases from both the Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. 

  • Community reacts to Newtown shooting

    On Friday, Dec. 14, the nation reeled in horror at news of the tragedy that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., when a mentally ill man forced his way inside and murdered 20 children and six adults trying to protect them.

    A week later, the loss is still incomprehensible; the sense that if it could happen in Newtown it could happen anywhere.

  • Outgoing County Council members look back

    The memories of meetings long since past swirled about the historic courthouse earlier this month as three Lancaster County Council members said their goodbyes.

    Sharing food, laughs, hugs and remembrances with a large group of family and friends, outgoing council members Kathy Sistare, Rudy Carter and Cotton Cole were all recognized during a drop-in event Dec. 10.

    After saying a few words about each member, Councilman Larry Honeycutt presented each with a plaque, some adorned with ceremonial gavels, to thank them for their service.

  • Friends recall Reecie Pate as a people person

    A former Lancaster County probate judge died Tuesday after he collapsed while moving a bookshelf at his home.

    M.O. “Reecie” Pate, 84, held the office of probate judge in Lancaster County for two terms before retiring in 1994. 

    He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service as well. Current Probate Judge Sandra Estridge, who was hired by Pate as a legal clerk in 1989, ran for office after his retirement.

  • Faulkenberry Christmas basket total now at $6,030

    For many in Lancaster County, supporting the annual Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund has become a custom each holiday season.

    “What’s so special is those who, year after year, step up to help and honor and remember their loved ones for a great cause,” said Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively), which oversees the effort.

    Adkins cited a recent donation to the fund that provides food for hurting families each Christmas season as an example. The drive is in its 53rd year.

  • Bruins wrestlers upbeat heading to May Plant tourney

    The Lancaster High School wrestling team heads to Lugoff-Elgin High School this weekend to compete in the annual May Plant Credit Union Wrestling Tournament.

    The 36-team field is set to battle Friday and Saturday.