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  • Finally Friday concerts start up

    The sounds of bluegrass, soul and rock will greet you as you make your way to downtown Lancaster on select evenings this summer.

    The city of Lancaster is preparing to launch the second year of its Finally Friday summer series. The events, held on the last Friday of the month, will feature live music along with a variety of food and arts and crafts.

    The events, to run each time from 6 to 9 p.m., will take place at the intersection of Main and Gay streets in Lancaster. They are free of charge and open to the public.

  • National HIV Testing Day is today

    Monica Adamian believes there isn’t nearly enough talk about HIV.

    Adamian, director of prevention services for Catawba Care Coalition, says conditions such as cancer and diabetes receive much-needed attention, but HIV – the virus that causes AIDS – seems to remain taboo.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 50,000 people in the United States are infected with HIV each year, and about 20 percent of them don’t know they have it.

  • Hartley Funeral Home gets new owners

    A Lancaster couple with experience in the funeral service business has taken over one of the county’s funeral homes.

    Michael and Casey Burgess are the new new owners of Hartley-Burgess Funeral Home and Crematory Services, which was run for 17 years by Joanne and Jerry Hartley.

    The Hartleys decided to retire after working for more than 40 years in the funeral service business.

    The transaction became official June 14.

  • Educational summer camp wraps up in Heath Springs

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    HEATH SPRINGS – What do you get when you mix the soul and rock sounds of George Clinton’s P-Funk with lessons in astronomy?
    The result is a unique experience at a summer function that continues to draw dozens of local youth year after year.
    The United Citizens Club of Heath Springs recently wrapped up its annual summer camp, which ran from June 11 through Friday, June 22.

  • Back-to-back fires damage cars, house

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Firefighters from four departments battled blazes at two back-to-back fires Thursday night, June 21.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters were first called at 6:50 p.m. to a grass fire outside Kersey’s Garage, at 2165 Flat Creek Highway.
    Members of the Antioch, Elgin, Lancaster and Camp Creek fire departments responded to the scene, which began with a brush fire and ended up with fires in several salvaged cars.

  • County Council to consider gold mine ordinances Monday

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County Council will discuss three separate ordinances related to Haile Gold Mine at its meeting Monday night, June 25.
    First up, is first reading of an ordinance to rezone several properties owned by Haile Gold Mine from rural residential to heavy industrial. This includes properties located along Hale Gold Mine Road, S.C. 265, Snowy Owl Road, Ernest Scott Road, Uriah Road and Enchantment Road.

  • Man arrested for cutting girlfriend

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man was arrested this week after he chased a woman and cut her face with a knife.
    Willie James Stevens, 29, 1331 Spanish Villa Apartment B, was arrested Wednesday, June 20, and charged with high and aggravated assault and battery in connection with a domestic assault that happened only minutes earlier, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • Abduction suspects jailed in Lancaster

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A joint investigation into the abduction and assault of a newspaper carrier in Fort Mill earlier this week ended with the arrests of two Lancaster men Thursday, June 21.
    Trumane Tee Daniel, 27, 1164 Chase Madison Drive, and Jeremy Lechloe Thomas, 23, Carolina Court, were each arrested and charged with armed robbery, though more charges are expected, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.
    The men were arrested Chase Madison Drive home in Lancaster.

  • Hollywood hopefuls

    Laura Caskey
    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com
    Are you ready North Carolina?”
    “We’re ready Ryan!”
    The crowd gathered outside Time Warner Cable Arena on the morning of June 19 was not lying in their response to Ryan Seacrest and the cameras.
    To kick off their 12th season on the air, FOX’s hit show American Idol traveled to Charlotte, N.C.

  • Arbour out at SMH

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Springs Memorial Hospital is looking for a new chief executive officer.
    Doug Arbour, who held the position a little more than two years, is no longer with the hospital. His last day was Thursday, June 21, according to a brief press issued by the hospital.
    Assistant CEO Janice Dabney has been named interim CEO.