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  • United Way of Lancaster closing in on its goal

    The United Way of Lancaster County is getting very close to reaching its goal of raising $400,000 for 2010-11. 

    Melanie Outlaw, resource development coordinator for the local United Way, said the agency has received nearly $349,000 in donations, which is 87 percent of the targeted amount. 

    Sixteen nonprofit groups will benefit from the money raised during this year’s fundraising campaign, which runs through June 30. 

    Outlaw encourages organizations and individuals to give whatever they can. 

  • Council to hear updates on courthouse during meeting

    As the county’s courthouse projects near completion, Lancaster County Council will hear updates on both buildings at its Tuesday meeting. 

    According to estimates by Chad Catledge and Danny Mullis, construction on the new courthouse is almost 92 percent complete, while the project as a whole is about 81 percent complete. Council will review both a financial summary of the new courthouse project, as well as a timeline for finishing the project. 

  • Lancaster United Way nears goal

    The United Way of Lancaster County is getting very close to reaching its goal of raising $400,000 for 2010-11. 

    Melanie Outlaw, resource development coordinator for the local United Way, said the agency has received nearly $349,000 in donations, which is 87 percent of the targeted amount. 

    Sixteen nonprofit groups will benefit from the money raised during this year’s fundraising campaign, which runs through June 30. 

    Outlaw encourages organizations and individuals to give whatever they can. 

  • Deputies crack down on scrap metal thefts

    As unemployment remains high in Lancaster County, local authorities have seen a rise in thefts of scrap metal throughout the area. 

    With so many cases this year already, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile decided that enough is enough. Faile announced Thursday his office would begin cracking down on thefts by checking people carrying or transporting scrap metal.  

  • Man shot during an armed robbery

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man was shot in his side during an armed robbery early Wednesday morning, the third reported armed robbery in the county this week.
    The 42-year-old victim was found in his SUV shortly after the shooting, as he was honking his horn in a parking lot on Brooklyn Avenue across from Ninth Street in Lancaster, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Expo to honor police officers

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Oftentimes, the only time police officers get a chance to interact with the public they serve is in the line of duty – hardly a situation that affords a relaxed moment of get-to-know- you conversation.

  • Literacy 5K race April 9

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Get ready to run for fun and a good cause in the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative’s (LALC) second annual 5K Race for Literacy.
    This year’s race is set for Saturday, April 9 at 8 a.m. at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
    More than just a race, the event features an expo on Friday evening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., a Health and Fitness Fair after the race and much more.

  • Heath Springs Council prioritizes town projects

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     HEATH SPRINGS – A new development that provides affordable housing is among the items on Heath Springs’ wish list as officials prepare to apply for a popular pool of federal money.
    Grazier Rhea of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments spoke at this month’s Heath Springs Town Council meeting about Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, which the town has received in the past.

  • Dollar General gets OK to move

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     KERSHAW – Kershaw town officials are all on board with plans to relocate the town’s Dollar General store from Hampton Street to Neal Street.
    Town Council voted unanimously March 21 to adopt an ordinance to rezone property on Neal Street from R-15 (residential) to B-3 (business). The land is next to a strip of South Hampton Street businesses that includes a Bojangles’ restaurant and Rite Aid pharmacy.

  • Mulvaney: Economy needs an overhaul

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    It’s going to take a drastic overhaul of government spending to get the national economy back on track, says U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney.
    For the last three months, Mulvaney, the new representative for the 5th Congressional District, has been busy analyzing the national economy and the government’s budget. Now he’s headed out on the road to discuss the issue with constituents in a series of town hall meetings.