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  • I’m planting some tomatoes this week

    I bought a couple of tomato plants this week. Given the times, it seems to be the thing to do. I guess these Celebrity Tomato plants are my way to remember the late Bobby Catoe, who died April 26.
    I was acquainted with Catoe, but got to know him while covering the city and county government beats for The Lancaster News in the late 1990s.
    At the time, Catoe was serving on Lancaster County Council.
    I always called him “Mr. Catoe” out of respect, although he asked me not to do that.

  • Council hears results from B-3 consultant

    Could a Charlotte-based land planning firm be the key to finally reigniting the county’s long-stalled discussions about B-3 commercial zoning?
    County planning director Penelope G. Karagounis believes it’s possible.
    A few weeks after Lancaster County Council authorized her to speak with a consultant to gain an outside perspective on the county’s B-3 issues, Karagounis presented the results of her preliminary discussion at council’s April 22 meeting.

  • Woman abandons child to flee arrest

    A Lancaster woman is in more trouble with the law after she reportedly abandoned her young daughter while trying to evade police.
    Melissa Sue Meyer, 23, 3041 Crenson Road, was arrested Tuesday, April 30, on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.
    Meyer was wanted by the Lancaster Police Department on an outstanding warrant for shoplifting.

  • A welcome sight

    INDIAN LAND – May Day has traditionally been a time to celebrate a season of new beginnings.
    Lancaster County School District officials did just that Wednesday, May 1, with a groundbreaking ceremony for Indian Land’s new elementary school.
    Held at the future school’s 26.5-acre site at 10251 Harrisburg Road, the ceremony drew nearly 35 educators, elected officials and community members despite gray skies and the occasional drizzle of rain.

  • Woman abandons child to flee arrest

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster woman is in more trouble with the law after she reportedly abandoned her young daughter while trying to evade police.
    Melissa Sue Meyer, 23, 3041 Crenson Road, was arrested Tuesday, April 30, on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.
    Meyer was wanted by the Lancaster Police Department on an outstanding warrant for shoplifting.

  • Authorities seek suspects in shopliftings at Walmarts

    Investigators are hoping surveillance photos from Indian Land’s Walmart will lead to two men wanted in connection with stealing almost $5,000 in merchandise.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release, the two men have been involved in various shoplifting incidents throughout April at the store, located at 10048 Charlotte Highway.

  • Relay for Life set for Friday

    It’s been 27 years since Dr. Gordon Klatt organized a fundraiser in Tacoma, Wash., that called on participants to walk around a stadium track to honor and encourage cancer survivors, remember those who passed on and raise money for the American Cancer Society.
    Though the fundraising methods have changed over the years, the spirit of the event lives on – and this Friday, May 3, local teams and the community will come together for the 2013 Lancaster County Relay for Life event.

  • Ooh, that smell! City sewer crews work 24/7

    There’s an out-of sight, out-of-mind world of nonstop sewer activity that exists underneath the grounds on which we live.
    It’s natural to not think about it. When you flush the toilet and use the sink, that water is out of view forever. But for public works officials, that’s not always the case. In most instances, that’s when their job is just getting started.

  • District breaks ground on new school today

    Lancaster County School District will mark a significant milestone for Panhandle students today, May 1, with a groundbreaking for the new Indian Land elementary school.
    Today’s groundbreaking is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the school site, 10251 Harrisburg Road, across the street from the BridgeHampton neighborhood.
    Due to limited space at the site, district officials are asking those attending the groundbreaking to park in the Lowe’s parking lot, where a shuttle will carry attendees to the site.

  • Brickyard gets a new identity

    VAN WYCK – The once-booming Van Wyck brickyard got a new owner and new identity Tuesday, April 30,  when Hickory Hills bought the Boral Bricks plant site in the 48-acre deal. The price was not disclosed.
    Hickory Hills, a 17-year-old processing plant that sits across the railroad tracks from the old brickyard, is looking to expand its retail line of smoked beef and pork products, said owner Kyle Starnes, 44. The business, processing several thousand deer a season, is known by deer and big-game hunters across the Southeast.