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  • To borrow or not to borrow?

    Lancaster County residents will have a say in how the county will pay for a new courthouse, and possibly other government buildings.

    County Council Chairman Rudy Carter said Wednesday that the county must hold a referendum for voters because it cannot borrow the money it will take to build a courthouse without using bonds.

    The county is planning the referendum to coincide with the general election on Nov. 4.

  • Kids escape from house

    A home with open beer cans, old food and human waste over the floor is a dangerous place for children, police say.

    The parents who allowed their three children to live in those conditions have been charged a month after police discovered the conditions.

    Robert Louis Bailey, 27, and Laura Ann Bailey, 23, of 310 Cedar St., were each charged Tuesday with three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.

    Lancaster police came to the Baileys' home on Feb. 8 after a driver saw their three young children - ages 4, 3 and 1 - playing in the middle of the road.

  • Upgrades, funding top planning agenda

    Capital projects emerged as Lancaster County Council's top priority going into a new budget year during council's planning session March 1.

    Potential capital projects include a new court complex, which could house circuit, family, magistrate's, probate and municipal court, the clerk of court, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, solicitor's office, public defender, Department of Juvenile Justice, Probation, Parole and Pardons office, Emergency Management and the county's E-911 center.

  • Speaker plugs hybrid plug-ins

    INDIAN LAND – A car that gets 100 miles per gallon may seem like a vehicle of the future. But it’s not, according to James Poch, executive director of the Plug In Hybrid Coalition of the Carolinas, based in Charleston.

  • County to receive $65,000

    Lancaster County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

    The county will receive $65,869 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.

    The selection was made by a national board, chaired by the Department of Homeland Securitys Federal Emergency Management Agency, and including representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America.

  • County to receive $65,000

    Lancaster County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

    The county will receive $65,869 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.

    The selection was made by a national board, chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, and including representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America.

  • Results of noise study loud, clear

    INDIAN LAND – To residents of Brookchase, the results of a noise study are loud and clear – the sound coming from Blue Dot and other concrete plants near their homes is excessive and violates county ordinances.

    To Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis, it's a little more complicated.

    Brookchase residents say they have been suffering through unbearable loud noise generated from the Blue Dot concrete plant at 521 Perimeter Commerce Park since last year.

  • North Elementary to hold 10th annual Spring Fling

    ComeouttoNorthElementarySchoolonSaturdayforaneventthatisintendedtobefunforchildrenofallagesaswellasadults.The10thannualSpringFlingFestivalisfrom10a.m.to4p.m.Proceedsfromtheeventwillgotowardplaygroundequipmentforkindergartenstudentsandnewcomputersfortheschool.“It’safamilyevent,”saidTerrySchonberg,co-chairoftheSpringFlingcommittee.“There’ssomethingforeverybody.”Rockclimbing,hayridesandtracklesstrainrideswillbesetup.Therewillbenine“megarides”inall.Youwillalsogetthechancetohaveyourfacepai

  • Historic hotel in downtown Pageland goes on auction block

    PAGELAND–OneofPageland’soldestlandmarkswillbeupforauctionlaterthisweek.

  • Charlotte chamber official: Economy isn't flatlining here

    The Lancaster Rotary Club hosted Tony Crumbley, vice president of research of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, as its guest speaker last Thursday.

    Crumbley presented numbers to his audience that show projected growth of Lancaster County and Mecklenburg County, N.C.

    Crumbley contends that Charlotte and the surrounding region are not in a recession.

    Here's why:

    – Mecklenburg County created 14,000 new jobs last year, and 1,326 firms moved to the county.

    – North Carolina created 68,000 new jobs last year.