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  • Iraq War vet thanks police with a special gift

    AnAmericanflagthatflewatoponeofSaddamHussein’sformerpalaceshasbeengiventotheLancasterPoliceDepartmentasatokenofappreciation.ThepolicedepartmentsentseveralcarepackagesoverseastoU.S.ArmySgt.DavidFaris,whoservedinIraqfromNovember2006untilFebruary.Faris,22,workedinIraqasadatawallmanager,meaningheplottedeventsonahugemapandhelpedcategorizethoseoccurrences,suchasroadsidebombings.Thatinformationaidedothertroopsintheiroccupationefforts.Duringhisdeployment,whichFarisdescribedas“crazy,”italwaysfeltgoodtoreceivethosepackagesfrompeoplebackhome,hesa

  • Do you need to aerate your pasture?

    Areyoulookingforawaytoimprovepasturesandhayfieldswithoutdisturbingexistinggrass?Dowanttoimprovegrassgrowthandhayyields?Doyouwanttoincreasetheeffectsoffertilizer?Aerationmaybeyouranswer.Soilsinpasturesandhaylandscanbecomepackedovertimebylivestockandequipment.Thesurfacelayerbecomessohardthatthewaterwillnotmoveintothesoil.Thismeansthefertilizerorlimespreadonthelandcan’tgetintothesoiltohelpthegrass.Italsomeansthatthefertilizer,lime,animalmanure,pesticidesandotherchemicalscanbewashedintoponds,streamandlakes.Theaerationofthesoilinlawns,pastur

  • EMS employees receive recognition

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Service recently recognized some of its workers.JanetCauthenwasnamedAuxiliaryMemberoftheYear,ChrisTaylorwasnamedPart-TimeEmployeeoftheYearandGregBrasingtonwasnamedEmployeeoftheYear.MorrisRussellandChrisNunnerysharedtheFirstResponderoftheYearaward.Elevenmedicsreceivedawardsfortheiryearsofservice:DonaldHyattfor30years;ChuckPayne,DavidCampandLannyBernardfor20years;LenRobinsonfor15years;TimClemmer,StaceyWalden,KellySnipesandMicheleRobinsonfor10years;andRussellRogerandTammyVincentforfiveyears.

  • Medical IT firm to locate in IL

    INDIANLAND–AcompanyspecializingininformationtechnologyandmedicalrecordsmanagementhasmovedtoIndianLand.StateandcountyofficialsannouncedTuesdaythatIntegratedHealthcareSolutionsisrelocatingfromCharlottetoIndianLand’s521CommercePark,saidLancasterCountyEconomicDevelopmentCorp.PresidentKeithTunnell.IntegratedHealthcareSolutionsofferscomplete,cost-effectiveelectronicmedicalrecordsandpracticemanagementsolutions,accordingtocompanyofficials.Thecompanywillinvestapproximately$470,000inLancasterCountyandbring35newhigh-payingjobs.Salariesrangefrom$30,000to$50,000aye

  • 30-pound rabbit delights local special needs clients

    Willhebite?TimmyHallasked,alittleapprehensiveaboutaverylarge,furryvisitorwithacottonywhitetail,whoseemedmoreinterestedinnibblingstrawthanfingers.LynetteStewartwasn’tintimidatedbythebigbunny.“He’sacuterabbit,”shesaid,strokingthesandy-brownbunny.Hall,StewartandotherclientsoftheLancaster/ChesterDisabilitiesandSpecialNeedsBoardhadavisitfromPeterCottontailonThursday.PeterbelongstoClaudeEllisofLancaster,whoownsHavePets,WillTravelpettingzoo.HesentPeteralongwithDSNworkerKayeHoffman,whousedtorunapettingzooofherown,totheDSNoffic

  • Groups to sponsor Light of Hope Vigil

    Everyyear,morethan500childrenarereportedabusedandneglectedinLancasterCounty.

  • About 70 attend meeting to learn about gangs

    HEATHSPRINGS–WendyReinmanwasn’tcertainifLancasterCountyhasagangproblem.ButafterhearingalectureTuesdayaboutlocalgraffitiandotherparaphernalia,shewasassuredoftheirpresenceinthecounty.ReinmanleftthepresentationatHeathSpringsElementarySchoolwithawealthofknowledgeaboutgangsinthearea.Whatsheandotherresidentsonceperceivedasmeredrawingsmayhaveadifferentmeaningtothemnow.Shenowknowsthattherearespecificreasonswhygangmemberswearcertainclothing.FredThompson,theganginvestigatorfortheLancasterCountySheriff’sOffice,broughtaplethoraoflocalganginformati

  • Storms harsher in other counties

    Lancaster County was spared the worst of Saturday afternoon’s severe storms.

    The county was under a tornado warning and severe thunderstorm warning late Saturday afternoon, but no damage was reported locally, according to Lancaster County Emergency Management.

  • Drought persists, despite some heavy rainfall in recent weeks

    Lancaster County has seen some rain in recent days, but residents are still being asked to conserve water.

    The Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group recommends the region continue the current Stage 3 water restrictions implemented last fall to ensure an adequate water supply is available.  In their implementation of Stage 3 water restrictions, most public water systems in the river basin are prohibiting lawn watering.

  • Crawford relocates funeral home

    When Cauthen Funeral Home on West Meeting Street closed, a new door opened for Crawford Funeral Home.

    Crawford Funeral Home has been open on South Market Street for 32 years. But A. Glen Crawford,  president of the funeral home, said his business was running out of space, so he bought the former Cauthen Funeral Home building at 410 W. Meeting St.

    “I have admired this facility for some time,” Glen Crawford said in his new office. “I just like the space. There’s much more operating space here.”