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  • County may soon use city transfer station full-time

    Lancaster County may soon have a permanent way to ease its trash concerns.

    Lancaster City Council, after an executive session Tuesday, approved a preliminary proposal to move forward with allowing Lancaster County to continue using the city's transfer station.

    The station, located at 1309 Lynwood Drive behind the Lancaster Public Works building, is a temporary holding building where trash is transferred after it is picked up curbside.

  • Q&A with County Administrator Steve Willis on courthouse plans

    Q: What is the status of architectural plans for the new courthouse?

    A: The architect, Stevens and Wilkinson, has drawn up a preliminary plan that includes a rough floor plan and a sketch of what the facade could look like.

    "It's not blueprints or anything like that," Willis said.

    County Council will view the plans this week, and if approved, they will be made public.

    "There's no sense in making the plans public and then council says, 'No way,'" Willis said.

  • Red Cross workers help storm victims

    Local American Red Cross workers continue to help in hurricane-stricken areas in Texas and Louisiana.

    Lancaster resident Robert Summers will soon be on his way home from his duties as a site manager in Houston, where Hurricane Ike hit hard. It's the first time he's ever served as a site manager in a disaster area.

    He coordinated about 107 Red Cross and Southern Baptist Convention volunteers, who helped feed families affected by the storm. The storm knocked out electricity for thousands, tore down trees and blew roofs off of homes.

    Feeding storm victims

  • Mule calfnaps bovine baby at Snipes farm

    A strange love story unfolded at Ben Snipes' mule farm last week.

    The tale involves a maternal male mule named Blackie, and the confused newborn heifer he stole from a herd of Brahma cattle in the pasture he shares with the cows.

    This isn't the first time that Blackie has displayed his maternal instincts.

    He did it two months ago. When separated from that calf, he broke a gate and leapt a fence, breaking the top board as he went over, trying to get to his beloved "foster child."

  • Utility eases water restrictions

    Just in time for the fall planting season, regional water officials say it's OK to use water outdoors two days a week.

    The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group said residents may water their lawns two days a week through Nov. 30. This provides the opportunity for some additional landscape watering during the fall planting season, along with other outdoor water uses.

    Before Wednesday's announcement, residents could only water their lawns or wash their cars one day on weekends.

  • Hood looks to succeed Blackmon in City Council District 1 race

    Kenneth B. Hood says he has the people skills needed to be a good councilman.

    The Lancaster native is seeking the City Council District 1 seat that opened after the death of longtime Councilman Preston Blackmon in August. Blackmon, who was 82, held the seat for more than 30 years.

    Hood said he decided to run before Blackmon died. However, he thought this moment wouldn't come until 2010, when Blackmon's term would expire.

    Hood will face Blackmon's son, Racarda Blackmon, in the Nov. 4 election. The winner will serve the two remaining years in Preston Blackmon's term.

  • Get answers from candidates at Indian Land political forum

    INDIAN LAND – Voters are encouraged to come out to a political forum to learn more about the candidates running for local, state and even national office.

    Carolina Gateway's third candidates forum will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Indian Land Middle School gymnasium. Carolina Gateway is a sister publication of The Lancaster News.

    There will be a meet-and-greet with candidates from to 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the forum.

    The forum is co-sponsored by the Indian Land Action Council and Indian Land Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Three more charged in home invasion

    Three more men have been arrested after warrants were issued alleging their involvement in a home invasion Saturday night.

    Darren J. Henderson, 18, of 6125 Shiloh Unity Road; Donald Nebraska Henderson, 26, of 1560 Earnhardt Drive; and Edward Jerome Montgomery, 21, of 632 Ginger Cake Road, have each been charged with first-degree burglary and attempted armed robbery.

    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies say they were three of the five men responsible for the burglary of a Shiloh Unity Road home about 11 p.m. Saturday. The three were arrested Wednesday.

  • Man, 19, charged in shooting

    Sheriff's deputies have made an arrest in the Sept. 19 shooting of a Lancaster man.

    Adrian Foster, 19, of 327 Elm St., was charged Thursday with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    Authorities say Foster shot a man at Sam's Place club on Old Landsford Road. The shooting victim, 18, has since been treated and released from the hospital.

    Foster shot the man in the leg with a pistol after the two argued at the club about a possible stolen gun, sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

    "They started arguing and it just escalated from there," Holland said.

  • Festival almost here

    INDIAN LAND – There is something planned for everyone at the third annual Fall into Fun Festival.

    The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Indian Land Middle School. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Del Webb Library at Indian Land, which is slated to open late this year or in early 2009.

    The festival has a change of venue this year, from Sun City Carolina Lakes to Indian Land Middle School. Organizers hope the new location will offer better parking and more visibility from U.S. 521, to draw in more attendance.