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  • County Council OKs heelsplitter district

    Lancaster County Council gave second approval to regulations dealing with the Carolina heelsplitter, an endangered mussel, Monday.

    The measures passed without discussion. One more reading must pass for the regulations to take effect.

    The heelsplitter, protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, was discovered living in Six Mile Creek in Indian Land in March 2006, during engineering for a Wal-Mart Supercenter at the state line.

  • Feathered friends visit students at Discovery School

    A few feathered friends landed at Discovery School last week to give students a unique lesson about animal survival.

    Jaimie White, a wild wings educator with the Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte, brought in five raptors, or birds of prey, on April 4. They included a hawk, a falcon and three different species of owl.

    There were plenty of “oohs” and “aahs” as White let each bird out of its cage. Raptors have sharp talons for grasping prey, and White held each bird with a heavy leather glove to protect her skin.

  • County to help fund road study

     

    The decision divided County Council, but Lancaster County is chipping in $75,000 for a study of the impact the Dave Lyle Boulevard extension could have on the area.

    Council’s vote was 4-3 to fund it, with Councilmen Jack Estridge, Bryan Vaughn and Wayne Kersey voting against it. York County will fund another $75,000 for the study.

    The Dave Lyle Boulevard extension has been talked about for years, but funding the road project has been an issue.

  • The Lancaster News wins five LCNI awards

    The Lancaster News advertising staff won three awards and the newsroom won two awards in the Landmark Communication Newspaper Inc. annual advertising and editorial contest held last week in Louisville, Ky.

    The contest was judged by the staff of The Virginian Pilot, the flagship paper of  The Lancaster News’ parent company, Landmark Communications Newspapers Inc.

  • Proposed dog ordinance not yet ready to be unleashed

    A second vote on a new animal control ordinance that applies mainly to dogs and cats was postponed Monday night, but the issue still raged on before County Council.

    A handful of residents showed up to express their opinions about the proposed ordinance, which reflects the majority recommendation of a committee selected by council to study the issues.

  • Man charged in shooting death

    The Lancaster Police Department has arrested a man in the city’s first murder of 2008.

    Bildrick Lamont Green, 24, of Harris Street, was charged with murder in the shooting death of Derrick Damond Davis, 21, of 806 Pardue St.

    Davis died after suffering two gunshot wounds – one to the chest and one to the right arm, at Pardue Street Apartments early Monday morning. Green was charged less than 24 hours after the shooting.

  • Evelyn and Jones Faulkenberry still attentive to each other's needs

    Not many couples celebrate their 70th anniversary.

    But Jones and Evelyn Faulkenberry of Elgin, 89, and 86, respectively, have defied the odds. They seemed happy Saturday as they basked in the adulation of friends and three generations of family, who joined them at their daughter Dixie Robert’s home on Old Camden Road to celebrate their seven decades of marriage.

    Adults talked and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and children ran through the large front yard. The couple has five children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

  • Applebee's manager is tops

    The employees of Applebee’s restaurant in Lancaster have much to celebrate after winning several awards at an annual company-wide contest.

    Out of the 33 restaurants in its South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia district, the restaurant was named the best of 2007 and its general manager, Tereasa Richardson, won the Best General Manager of the Year award. The restaurant also bested other restaurants in no employee accidents, best employee surveys and over $2 million in sales.

    The awards were given at the Apple-J’s annual banquet in Greenville in February.

  • Time to renovate library?

    It’s easy to see that the main branch of the Lancaster County Library is running out of space.

    Cubicles are crammed into office space. Records are stacked in boxes up to the ceiling. Power poles for the computers break up the public area of the library.

    “We need to upgrade our system so we don’t have to have poles everywhere,” said assistant library director Nancy Berry.

  • Man dies from gunshot wounds at Pardue Apartments

    The city of Lancaster had its first murder of 2008 early Monday morning.

    Derrick Damond Davis, 21, 806 Pardue St., died this morning after suffering two gunshot wounds, one to the chest and one to the right arm, at Pardue Street Apartments, a government-subsidized apartment complex.

    Davis was pronounced dead at Springs Memorial Hospital at 4:16 a.m., about an hour after the estimated time of the shooting. It is not known if the shooting took place inside or outside of the apartment.