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  • 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.

  • 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.