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  • Beach, Bash and Boogie dance to raise money for First Steps

    Last year it was billed as strictly a shag event, but this year's dance promises to officer a larger selection of music to get more people on the dance floor.

    Lancaster County First Steps' Beach, Bash and Boogie Dance will be held Saturday from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Tickets are $35 per person.

    Money from the event will go toward children's books for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. First Steps Director Lora Bryson considers the dance the organization's largest annual fundraiser.

  • Three face charges of printing money

    A Lancaster man was arrested Friday after police said he used fake $20 bills at several area restaurants.

    The Lancaster Police Department charged David Rickie Knight Jr., 33, of 2438 Camp Creek Road, with manufacturing and distributing counterfeit money.

    Police responded to several calls about a man driving a burgundy Chevrolet pickup who tried to buy food at the drive-through windows of local restaurants with counterfeit $20 bills.

    An officer later saw Knight, the driver of the truck, give a clerk at Chick-Fil-A a $20 bill for food.

  • Wall threatens business next to old Belk building

    While Lancaster City Council mulls the fate of the old Belk building site downtown, an adjacent business appears threatened by a wall it once shared with the building.

    The wall still stands but is weak and leaks when it rains, said Kirit Shah, co-owner of the adjacent North-South Wholesale. He said the wall was weakened by the demolition process.

    “We just hope it doesn’t come down,” Shah said, adding that the city had contractors evaluate the wall but has yet to take any action.

  • Homeless shelter network looks for a few more churches

    Organizers wanting to start a homeless shelter network among area churches have their sights set on getting a few more churches to commit to move the project forward.

    “Basically, we’ve got all our paper work finished,” said organizer Bill Hutchinson. “We just need to get five more churches on board.”

    Organizers have completed the articles of incorporation and are expecting a tax-exempt charter for the Lancaster County branch of Family Promise, a shelter program whose aim would be to help homeless parents and their children.

  • Teen faces amputation to save her life

    PAGELAND – Hope.

    These are four letters Pam Gainey hangs onto.

    Next week, she’ll travel to Greenville, where surgeons will remove her right leg, hip and pelvis to save her life.

    Pam, 18, is fighting cancer.

    “Hope is all they’re giving us to depend on,” Pam said. “And, I believe in miracles.”

    As her family gathered for church Sunday, the mood inside their mobile home off Steen Road in Jefferson was tense – only Pam could break it with her brand of humor.

  • 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.