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  • Rock Street to be repaved

    Rock Street will soon be repaved.
    At its March 26 meeting, Lancaster City Council unanimously approved a recommendation to use county and state money to upgrade Rock Street, which runs from Arch Street to Chesterfield Avenue.
    The work will include patching, leveling and resurfacing, as well as new sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, curbs and gutters.
    City Administrator Helen Sowell told City Council members that the County Transportation Committee (CTC) was willing to assist in paving either Rock Street (Hampton Road) or Clinton Avenue.

  • Committee would deal with prospective developers

    How do development agreements affect the county? Is there a benefit between rooftop or impact fees? And who should developers talk to as they look to build in the area?
    County Planning Director Penelope G. Karagounis says these questions are proof that Lancaster County Council needs to form a development agreement committee for the county. Karagounis discussed the idea during council’s meeting March 25.

  • Search on for robbery suspect

    A man charged in three separate arrests last year is once again in trouble with authorities after failing to appear in court regarding one of the charges last month.
    A judge issued a General Sessions Court bench warrant March 19 for Daniel Thomas Strain, 25, 206 McCardell St., on the charge of failure to appear in court, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Collins named USCL dean

    University of South Carolina Lancaster Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Walt Collins III has been named the university’s new dean starting May 1.
    The announcement Friday, March 29, brings to an end a search that began shortly after former dean Dr. John Catalano’s announcement in June that he intended to retire in December after 11 years and return to the classroom.

  • Alcohol to be sold at Red Rose Festival

    Alcohol options will be expanded for adult patrons of this year’s Red Rose Festival.

    On Tuesday, March 26, Lancaster City Council unanimously approved a request from Support Services Director Teresa Meeks to allow beer and wine sales at the two-day festival May 17 and 18 in downtown Lancaster.

    2012 was the first year the Red Rose Festival featured alcohol. Just beer was available, though.

    In late 2011, council revised an existing city ordinance to allow beer and wine to be sold at city-sponsored functions.

  • Gleason still in jail

    The man accused of killing his girlfriend’s daughter remains behind bars.

    Last week, Phillip Bryan Gleason was given a $150,000 surety bond during a hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Gleason is charged with homicide by child abuse in the March 5 death of 5-year-old Soren Victoria Chilson.

    According to reports, he was home alone with the girl, who was later unresponsive and died shortly afterward from head injuries. She suffered several body bruises, as well.

  • Eleven Lancaster County schools earn Palmetto Awards

    Eleven Lancaster County schools earned prestigious Palmetto Awards from the S.C. Department of Education this week for their outstanding performance.

    Now in its 12th year, the annual Palmetto Gold and Silver awards recognize schools for academic achievement and high rates of improvement.

    The awards are granted in two categories, general performance and closing the achievement gap, both based on data from the S.C. Department of Education's annual school report cards.

  • Council considers farmers market change

    Lancaster County officials are hoping a new crop of people can help grow the county’s farmers market. 

    With a drop in volunteers willing to serve on the county’s Farmers Market Commission, coupled with the need for someone to manage day-to-day activities at the Pageland Highway market, Lancaster County Council discussed a proposal to shift responsibility for the market during its March 25 meeting. 

  • Council gives nod to work at Air-Rail Park

    Landscaping and electrical line work are two of the latest projects to be approved at the county’s new Lancaster Air-Rail Industrial Park.

    Lancaster County Council approved both projects during its March 11 meeting by a vote of 6-0. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff was absent on a previously-scheduled trip.

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented the two projects as a way to enhance the appearance and marketability of the industrial park, which is under construction near the county’s airport. 

  • Social services aplenty in county

    There are hundreds of people looking out for the very young, elderly, poor and disadvantaged in Lancaster County.

    Participants in the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lancaster program became more familiar with these helpers and the agencies they represent during Leadership’s most recent information day March 13.