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Two face drug charges after warrants executed

By Jenny Hartley

Two Lancaster County men were arrested on several drug charges after separate search warrants were executed Thursday.

John Ervin Carnes II, 21, of 2331 Old Blackmon Lane, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, trafficking cocaine between 28 and 100 grams, distribution of cocaine and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.


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City modifies intern program to include maintenance work

By Johnathan Ryan

For local college students wanting get to work experience with local government, the city of Lancaster offers an internship program especially for them.

Starting in June, three students will be able to work full time for 10 weeks in administrative and other capacities for the city. The pay is $7 per hour.

City Council reviewed the program and agreed on a few changes in a unanimous vote Tuesday.

Council voted to allow supervisors to ask the interns to do maintenance, like lawn work and plant watering, and other work, such as for the fire and police departments.


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City ponders clock tower funding

By Johnathan Ryan

Lancaster City Council is moving forward on a project to create a monument to Springs Industries’ Lancaster Plant and the employees who worked at the plant for many years.

While the mill is now gone, its tower clock has been refurbished and the city is now hoping to place it inside a monument that will stand somewhere in downtown Lancaster.

City Administrator Helen Sowell said the majority of council wants the monument on the island in Elm Street that faces Main Street from the west. That would be part of an effort to beautify the southern part of downtown, she said.


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Event draws folks to check out works of local artists

By Jenny Hartley

Art aficionados strolled around downtown Lancaster’s galleries Friday night for a new event sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, called the Spring Arts Draw.

Art lovers checked out the unique vases by Ben Davison and the shadowy, two-dimensional works of Michael Ehlbeck at the Springs House, home of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts. Then it was on to Picture Perfect on Catawba Street, where many shared a laugh with the owner of the picture-framing business, Mark Plyler.


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County population grows by 20 percent

By Jenny Hartley

Despite a slight decrease in housing permits issued here, the population of Lancaster County continues to grow, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

The 2000 Census showed the population of the county at 61,351. In July 2006, after a challenge by the county that it had grown more than the estimated 63,628 population, the population was estimated at 71,723.

Now, the county’s population is estimated at 73,393, an almost 20 percent population increase since 2000, Willis said.


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Kershaw NACCP branch sets banquet

By Johnathan Ryan

KERSHAW – Members and supporters of the Kershaw branch of the NAACP will look back on activities in the past year and look to the next during the branch’s annual banquet Saturday night.

Starting at 6 p.m. at the Andrew Jackson Recreation Center, the event will include dinner, guest speaker Dr. Lonnie Randolph, president of the NAACP State Conference and a short program. It is expected to last about an hour.


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City agrees to fund Bundy Auditorium improvements

By Johnathan Ryan

Lancaster City Council recently agreed to contribute $32,650 from the city’s hospitality tax revenue to make more improvements at Bundy Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

USCL Educational Foundation President Don Rushing and Bundy Performing Arts Series Manager Peggy Little sought the funding at a meeting last month.


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Lancaster losing old Burger King, but will get new one

By Jesef Williams

Lancaster’s Burger King restaurant is about to undergo a whopper of a makeover.

The popular fast food restaurant located on North Main Street will close Monday so it can be torn down and rebuilt.

Burger King spokeswoman Denise Wilson said the new building will feature an open-view ceiling and a double drive-thru.

“It’s more efficient and modern-looking,” Wilson said. “It’s a great new look for the restaurant.”


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Community celebrates opening of Care Health Center

By Johnathan Ryan

Staff and supporters of the Care Health Center gathered Tuesday to celebrate the new clinic's mission to provide health services to anyone, regardless of his or her ability to pay.

During the open house, Dr. Nimal Perera, the clinic's sole physician, his staff and workers of CareNet met with various individuals supporting the clinic, which has been open for two months.

CareNet, the nonprofit group committed to serving the medically underserved in Lancaster County with pharmaceutical and primary care assistance, operates the clinic.


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Deputies arrest Pit Stop owner, bartender on cocaine charges

By Jesef Williams

The owner of the Pit Stop on Grace Avenue and a bartender there both face drug charges after an undercover informant bought cocaine from the bar last month.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office charged the owner, Bill Laney, 56, 1564 Riverside Road, on Feb. 21 with distribution of cocaine and trafficking in cocaine.

The bartender, Paula Barton Knight, 45, was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.


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