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Former VA officer to be honored

By Jesef Williams

A drop-in is being held for Linda Blackmon on Friday to recognize her for her work as Lancaster County’s Veterans Affairs Officer.

The drop-in will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in County Council chambers on the second floor of the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 North Main St.

The event, which is open to the public, will feature light refreshments.

Blackmon, who had worked for the office nearly 14 years, retired last year as the county’s Veterans Affairs Officer. Her last official day was Dec. 31.


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Council votes 4-3 to deviate from committee recommendation

Four groups get city grants

By Jesef Williams

Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw repeatedly said during Tuesday’s City Council meeting that he’s opposed to council making adjustments to the proposed hospitality tax grant allotments.

The city’s Hospitality Tax Grant Committee had recommended that just two of the four applicants be approved for funding during the second-quarter funding cycle, and that those two groups each get $20,000.

But by the end of Tuesday’s meeting, all four of the prospective grantees found themselves receiving a share of the $40,000.


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Man found hurt in parking lot; another man faces charges

By Jenny Arnold

A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after deputies found an injured man in the parking lot of the Wash Tub on Great Falls Highway early Wednesday.

James Blake Rivers, of 2511 Charlotte Highway, was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, resisting arrest, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within proximity of a school.


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Events to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

By The Staff

Events are slated for today and Monday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the ideals he fought for.

The events include:

• A Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day service at 4 p.m. today at First Washington Baptist Church, 1300 W. Meeting St. Guest speaker is Bennie Webb. For details, call (803) 804-1076. The Lancaster Branch of the NAACP is the sponsor.


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AmeriCorps members to help with lunch at MLK Jr. event

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HEATH SPRINGS – As the nation pauses to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Lancaster County School District BEST AmeriCorps members will answer  King’s call to community service.

AmeriCorps members will help make and serve lunch at Mount Carmel AME Zion Church in Heath Springs.

 Volunteers will report to the church at 11 a.m. The church will have an MLK Day program starting at noon. Lunch will be served following the program.


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20th promotion returns; its aim is to save you bucks

SPEND $20 ON 20th

By Jenny Arnold

Based on the success of last year’s experiment, The Lancaster News is again offering its $20 on the 20th promotion.

For $20, local businesses are running ads in the Wednesday, Jan. 20 edition of the newspaper promoting specials that cost $20 or less.

The promotion benefits small businesses that cannot afford to advertise often. Newspaper staffers hope it will create goodwill with advertisers and help the local economy.


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Council honors Soccer All-Stars

By Chris Sardelli

It was a good day to be an All-Star on Jan. 4.

That’s when County Council honored several young people from the county’s Parks and Recreation Soccer Mite All-Stars. The team, which recently competed in the state championships in the 11- to 12-year-old bracket, are the 2009 Mite soccer state champions.

Council Chairman Rudy Carter congratulated the team and presented a special proclamation to the young athletes.

“This is what I like to do,” Carter said. “I like to brag on our young people.”


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Father in hospital; son jailed

Report: Man, 21, shoots his father in dispute

By Jenny Arnold

HEATH SPRINGS – A Heath Springs man is charged with shooting his father after an argument at their Hoke Road home late Thursday night.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged Michael Andrew Cairnes, 21, of 3750 Hoke Road, with assault and battery with intent to kill.

According to an incident report, deputies responding to the home found Cairnes and his mother, Teresa, on the front porch. Cairnes told deputies that he has shot his father, the report said.


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Two convenience stores robbed

By Jenny Arnold

The Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster County Sheriff's Office are each investigating convenience store robberies.

According to the police department, three men went into Midway Grocery on West Meeting Street and stole money at gunpoint about 8 p.m. Monday.

The clerk told police that she gave the men money from the register, according to an incident report. She said she saw the men at the counter and then one of them knocked on the office door. Another employee came out of the office and the men ran out of the store.


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Several projects in the works in city for 2010

By Jesef Williams

A major expansion of the garbage transfer station, continued beautification of South Main Street and a new recycling program are some of the projects the city of Lancaster will focus on in 2010.

City Administrator Helen Sowell points to a number of key projects that should be completed this year.


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