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Plyler recognized as a dedicated county worker

By Jenny Hartley

Though she could retire, Irene Plyler isn't ready to give up her job in county government.

Plyler, 63, serves as clerk to Lancaster County Council and assistant to the county administrator, a post she's held for 30 years. She was recognized Monday night as the county Employee of the Quarter.

"I like working, I like my job," Plyler said. "I don't think I would like staying at home."


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Iraq War vet reads to his son's classmates

By Jesef Williams

The book Jeff Catoe read for first-graders at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School fit his son's situation so well, you might think the book was written about him.

Catoe, a sergeant major with the U.S. Army who's done two tours of duty in Iraq, visited the school Friday to talk about how families are affected by military deployment.

His wife, Casey, is a teacher at the school and his youngest son, Jacob, is a student there.


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County Council's agenda is short for Monday's meeting

By Jenny Hartley

County Council has a short agenda for Monday night's meeting.

The action items on the agenda are consent items, which means council members approved first and second readings of them already, and these items won't be discussed.

One action item on the agenda is final reading of a development agreement between Greenwood Development Corp. and the county related to the Liberty Hill Farms development on the Catawba River.


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Wooden cow named Flossie a hit at 4-H's Farm Fun Day event

By Jenny Hartley

The bleats of tiny goats, country music and the squeals of delighted children could be heard at Lancaster County 4-H's first Farm Fun Day on Saturday.

The event was held at Ace Hardware and Garden Center on South Market Street. Children got their faces painted with colorful, glittery swirls or snakes and had the chance to milk a wooden cow named Flossie.

"People are like, 'A wooden cow?' But the kids are loving it," said Lancaster County 4-H Agent Ashley Hinson. She was thrilled with the turnout.

"This is awesome," she said.


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Rain eases drought concerns

By Johnathan Ryan

The threat of Stage 4 water restrictions is no longer imminent.

Thanks to more than six inches of rain and regional conservation efforts since mid-December, more stringent water-use restrictions won't come before August, Duke Energy announced last week.

Previously, Duke energy predicted that stricter water-use regulations might come as early as February.

"That's some good news," said Lancaster County Water and Sewer District Manager Mark Knight. "But what would be better news would be reducing the restrictions we're currently at."


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Hagwood's cousin offers her the kidney she needs

By Jesef Williams

There's a photo album inside Crystal Hagwood's apartment that reminds her of all the things she used to do.

When she attended Lancaster High School, Hagwood was a member of the cheerleading squad and loved to play basketball. She even did some part-time modeling.

Hagwood enjoyed exercise and never thought twice about going from place to place. Now her health requires her to stay indoors a lot.

Hagwood, 26, suffers from diabetes and kidney failure. The diabetes has resulted in anemia, restless leg syndrome, high blood pressure and poor circulation.


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Seniors push state to continue funding

By Johnathan Ryan

An effort is under way to get state lawmakers to buck Gov. Mark Sanford's request to remove funding that's helped seniors get hot meals and transportation.

Sanford eliminated a $2.9 million request from his proposed $6.8 billion state budget that would go to the Lt. Governor's Office on Aging. In a supplemental funding bill that passed last year, the $2.9 million was distributed to senior centers across the state in 2007-08.


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Illegal immigration reform receives key approval in House

By Johnathan Ryan

State Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 45, believes the Legislature will approve a bill clamping down on illegal immigration this year.

The bill received key approval Wednesday in the House.


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Council fills two vacancies on planning commission

By Jenny Hartley

County Council members appointed two new members to the Lancaster County Planning Commission on Monday.

Planning Commission Chairman Frankie Faile, who represents District 5, and members Val Marz of District 1, Tim Hinson of District 7 and Bobby Hegler of District 3 resigned during the commission's monthly work session Jan. 10.


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City OKs purchase of pickup truck for police department

By Johnathan Ryan

Lancaster City Council voted to nix one vehicle purchase in favor of another Jan. 22.

Police Chief Hugh White explained the need for a watch commander vehicle, instead of a third patrol car in this year's capital improvement budget.

Council approved the request 6-0. Councilman Preston Blackmon was absent.


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