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  • Finally Fridays adding alcohol

    Starting with the July show, alcoholic beverages will be available at the city of Lancaster’s Finally Friday downtown concert series.

    City Council voted 5-1 at its June 26 meeting to allow beer sales at the events, which are held on the last Friday of each month during the summer.

    Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace voted against the motion. Councilman John Howard was not present at the meeting.

  • Eight people rescued from Catawba River

    A day of tubing turned into a late-night water rescue June 23 as eight people were plucked from the fast-moving currents of the Catawba River. 

    The search for the group began shortly after 10 p.m. June 23, after a call came into 911 from a man who said he was stuck in the Catawba River, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    The man told a dispatcher he was inner tubing from Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land and could not make it out the water. 

  • Dixie Baseball asks City Council for $300K

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball has asked the city of Lancaster for a major financial favor. 

    At City Council’s June 26 meeting, David Hance, board chairman for the Lancaster Dixie Baseball program, presented a request for $300,000 from the city’s hospitality tax fund.  

    If granted, the money would go toward upgrades at the two ball fields at Wylie Park. 

  • Friends of Jackie Craine launch cell phone drive

    Friends of domestic- abuse victim Jackie Craine, will remember her life through a cell phone drive from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, July 6. 

    The drive is being held in honor of Craine’s 35th birthday.

    A 1996 graduate of Lancaster High School, Craine, 34, was shot and killed on Jan. 5, 2012, in the parking lot of Avery Lake Apartments in Fort Mill. 

  • Reward offered in theft of AC units

    Authorities are asking for help finding whoever stole several air conditioners and related parts from a Kershaw business during the last few months.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with Kershaw-based ECN Industries, located at 425 Little Dude Ave., to track down and arrest those responsible for several thefts at the business, according to a sheriff’s office press release. 

    The business is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

  • Two men arrested on cocaine charges

    Two men were arrested during a traffic stop late last month after authorities found cocaine in their car.

    David Frisco Jones, 34, of Lugoff, and Sedric Davel Robertson, 33, 638 Kershaw Club Road, Kershaw, were arrested June 29 and each charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The arrests were made following a traffic stop by investigators with the Lancaster County Drug Task Force on East Richland Street in Kershaw, the release said.

  • Events include loads of family fun

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Get ready to show your patriotic colors. The Fourth of July is right around the corner.
    Even though July 4 falls on a Wednesday this year, there will be no humpday slacking in the local celebrations as Lancaster County does it red-, white-and-blue style.
    From parades to parties, fireworks to musical performances, read on for everything you’ll need to know to celebrate a great local Fourth of July right here at home.
    Sun City Carolina Lakes celebrations

  • Deputies arrest repeat offender, once again

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A routine traffic stop led to the arrest of a Lancaster man on a grand larceny charge last week, only months after he was jailed for burglary.  
    John Allen Hill, 32, 1559 Springdale Road, was arrested Thursday, June 28, and charged with possession of burglary tools and grand larceny, third or subsequent property offense, according to a sheriff’s office press release.  

  • Heath Springs council adopts budget

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     HEATH SPRINGS – The town of Heath Springs’ budget for 2012-13 is similar to the one adopted a year ago.
    Town Council passed final reading Monday, June 25, of its $1.14 million budget for the new fiscal year, which begins today, July 1, and ends June 30, 2013.
    The vote was 3-0. Council members Mark Bridges and Iva Drakeford were absent.
    The town, which doesn’t collect taxes, operates two main funds – a general fund and a water and sewer fund.

  • Man charged in Morris murder

    A team of local investigators tracked down and arrested a man this week for the recent murder of a Lancaster man in his home.
    Keith Tyrone Robinson Jr., 19, was arrested Thursday, June 28, and charged with murder, armed robbery, first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release.
    The charges stem from the murder of 53-year-old Donald E. Morris, who was found dead in his South York Street home on the evening of June 18, the release said.