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  • City Council moves several projects forward

    Lancaster City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with several construction and improvement projects.

    The projects include a lease-purchase agreement to buy city equipment, funding to upgrade a lift station and to power a former Springs Global building.

    Council unanimously approved final reading of an ordinance that will provide the city with a lease-purchase agreement to buy new equipment.

    The proposed agreement, which totals $825,000, divides the requested equipment into two separate funds.

  • Liens filed against developers

    INDIAN LAND – Edenmoor is apparently not paying its bills.

    According to information from the Lancaster County register of deeds office, three liens, totaling about $2.2 million, have been filed by contractors against Edenmoor.

    Edenmoor is an 800-acre development planned to have about 2,000 homes when complete. It is owned by Lawson's Bend LLC.

    GS Carolina handles development activity for Lawson's Bend, but does not have any ownership in Edenmoor, said GS Carolina development manager Sean Calloway.

  • Green, Sumner square off in City Council District 4

    Two-term Lancaster City Councilman Bill Sumner and political newcomer Tamara Green are vying for the District 4 seat in this year's city election.

    Election Day is Nov. 4.

    Tamara Green

    Green, 34, who was born and raised in Lancaster, said she decided to run after thinking about her passion and drive to help the people in her community. She lists safety as a chief concern.

  • Katawba trust introduces director at annual meeting

    Austin Jenkins, Katawba Valley Land Trust's executive director, reflected on his lifelong passion for nature while introducing himself to the public last week.

    Jenkins remembers watching animals and insects while marveling at the different trees and plants while growing up in Camden. He believes that curiosity for nature has landed him in what he calls the perfect job.

    Jenkins, who recently became KVLT's first executive director, spoke during the trust's annual meeting, held Oct. 9 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Van Wyck welcomes Olympic champ

    VAN WYCK – A Congressman, a councilman and a coach were just a few of the more than 150 people who gathered Saturday to honor two-time Olympian Shawn Crawford.

    The Van Wyck community came out to celebrate Crawford's homecoming following his silver medal in the 200-meter race at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games in August.

    A similar event was held in 2004 after he won a gold medal in the 200-meter and silver medal in the 100-meter relay at the Athens Summer Olympic Games.

  • ILHS band stepping 'Outside the Box'

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land High School marching band is trying to step 'Outside the Box' this year.

    Instead of playing songs from a movie soundtrack or a popular rock hit, the band has brought concert-style music to the field. And by the sounds of things, the members seem to buy into the idea.

    The Warriors' 2008 show is titled "Outside the Box" and features the songs "Legends in the Mist," "Explorations" and "Prelude and Primal Dance."

    Director Mathew Willis wanted the band to try something different this year.

  • Man gets 15 years for 2000 shooting death

    A Lancaster man who was accused of killing his friend in 2000 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

    Demario Lamar Mingo, 29, was sentenced Monday. He will serve his term at the S.C. Department of Corrections, said 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    Authorities said Mingo shot Rodney Jordan on 8th Street in Lancaster on July 15, 2000, which was Jordan's 21st birthday,

    Mingo used two handguns – a .40-caliber pistol and a .38-caliber revolver. Jordan suffered 11 gunshot wounds and died at the scene.

  • Lancaster Jewelers moves to bigger showroom

    Lancaster Jewelers might have a new location, but the hometown jewelry store still offers the same personalized customer service.

    The jewelry store, in business since 1992, recently moved into a much larger showroom a couple doors down from its former location on Great Falls Highway. The store will celebrate the grand opening of the new, 4,500-square-foot space on Oct. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • Vehicles used as weapon

    Two unrelated incidents in Lancaster on Saturday involved vehicles that were used as a weapon, according to incident reports.

    In one case, a vehicle was used in self-defense; in the other, it was used in an attack, reports say.

    Lancaster police responded to a call about a fight with a knife on the 600th block of Pardue Street about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, an incident report said.

  • Forbes magazine: Lancaster 'most vulnerable town'

    Local officials realize that many folks in Lancaster County are struggling right now.

    But to say that Lancaster County is the most vulnerable town in the country? Officials aren't buying it.

    Forbes magazine published a report last week that listed the country's most and least vulnerable towns.