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  • County seeks to amend budget

    It was round two for the county’s 2011-12 budget, as Lancaster County Council reversed course and added funding back in for several county services cut earlier this year.

    The amended budget was voted on during two meetings, with first reading held during council’s regular Monday meeting, and second reading held during a special meeting on Tuesday night. Council approved both readings, though the vote was not unanimous. 

    Council will hold a public hearing and hear final reading at its Sept. 26 meeting. 

  • City seeks grants

    Jesef Williams 

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com 

    The city of Lancaster is still looking to launch the last phase of its Main Street beautification project. However, work will depend on what type of funding officials receive. 

    City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allow City Administrator Helen Sowell to submit a $500,000 grant application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, which has been a familiar source in the past. 

  • Hanging with the stars

    Keri Johnson Bailes has quite a few stories to tell about all the celebrities she recently met. 

    The Buford native spoke with Britney Spears and paused for pictures with Katy Perry, another pop singer who’s enjoyed much success in the mainstream. 

    Bailes was in the same room as hip-hop megastars Jay-Z and Kanye West and also heard from singer Beyoncé about her pregnancy before she announced it to the world. 

  • From the garden to cockpit

    Tara Bowers is proud of her husband, Kevin. She hoped to welcome him home from Afghanistan with a surprise article about him in The Lancaster News. It was a good plan, but she had to keep it a secret.

  • Concrete company appeal continued, may now make move to circuit court

    A Thursday Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meeting set to hear an appeal by an Indian Land concrete plant facing loss of its zoning status has been continued until Oct. 11.

    The company, Thomas Concrete of Carolina, LLC is contesting a ruling on its nonconformance status under the county's zoning ordinances.

    Meanwhile, the company's attorney has indicated the company may take its case to circuit court.

  • Burglar throws bottle at police during chase

    A Lancaster police officer was hit by a flying bottle of liquor after chasing a burglar last weekend. 

    The officer was one of several who responded to an alarm at ABC Spirits Liquor Store, located at 604 S. Market St., after 3:30 a.m. Sept. 10. Officers approached the store with their headlights off as they entered the parking lot, according to a police department incident report. 

  • Burglar throws bottle at police during chase

    A Lancaster police officer was hit by a flying bottle of liquor after chasing a burglar last weekend. 

    The officer was one of several who responded to an alarm at ABC Spirits Liquor Store, located at 604 S. Market St., after 3:30 a.m. Sept. 10. Officers approached the store with their headlights off as they entered the parking lot, according to a police department incident report. 

  • Project sparks feisty debate

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Will plans to improve land for future student housing come at the expense of residents in other parts of the city?
    Linda Blackmon-Brace thinks so, as she and other Lancaster City Council members discussed improvements to Brook Drive at their meeting Tuesday night.
    Earlier this year, the city began considering sewer and road improvements along Brook Drive, where property owner Wayne McBride wants to build apartments to be exclusively used by University of South Carolina Lancaster students.

  • Drug trade goes bad

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    What began as an exchange of drugs and a gun between three people Tuesday, later ended with bullets fired inside a home and the arrest of two Lancaster men.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jonathan Randell Todd, 24, 6550 Shiloh Unity Road, and Scottie Bernard Hough, 43, 5908 Henderson Road, on Wednesday, and issued warrants for Raheem Hough, 18, 5908 Henderson Road, in connection with a botched drug deal, assault and home invasion, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Keeping Katie home

    By Julie Graham
    For The Lancaster News
    Katie, who loves listening to music and watching her puppies play, has a system of tracks to get around her Lancaster home.
    One lift takes her from her bed to the large handicap shower. Another makes a T-shape in her living room.
    But Katie’s favorite by far is what her father, Terry, calls “Katie’s racetrack,” or the oval lift system that enables her to enjoy the outdoors from the family’s screened-in porch.