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  • Woman complains of contest scam

    Ann Cross knew that a telephone call saying she had won $1.5 million was too good to be true.

    The Lancaster County resident received about five calls on her home phone Tuesday and Wednesday from people claiming to be representatives from a group called Winners International.

    They told Cross she’d get her $1.5 million reward after she sent them $49.

    Cross never sent any money.

  • Should Sunday sales of alcohol be OK’d?

    INDIAN LAND – It happened one Sunday while Elissa Boyet was looking for something to eat.

    The Belair resident was on the hunt for a restaurant in Indian Land, but with so many Lancaster County establishments closed on Sunday, she finally gave up.

    After a little research, Boyet found that since the county prohibits the sale or serving of alcohol on Sundays, many business owners take the day off.

  • Several expensive mowers stolen

    Police have recovered several stolen pieces of expensive lawn care equipment, but are still looking for a person of interest in the thefts.

    On July 2, two zero-turn lawnmowers, each valued at $9,000, were reported stolen from the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation building on 15th Street. The street is in the Lancaster Police Department’s jurisdiction. A pickup truck was also stolen at the time.

  • Officials hope to tap stimulus bonds to build natural gas pipeline

    The county has approved a bond resolution that could eventually lead to lower costs for natural gas customers in the county.

    Patriots Energy Group, a public body created by the Natural Gas Authorities of Chester, York and Lancaster counties, recently asked Lancaster County Council to allocate a benefit from the federal stimulus bill to their organization.

    Patriots requested a bond allocation that could help fund its construction of an almost 40-mile natural gas pipeline.

  • Council names panel members

    Lancaster City Council made some changes to its hospitality tax committee last week.

    Council members have sparred recently over which projects to fund with the city’s hospitality tax funds, which are generated by the sale of prepared food and hotel stays in the city limits. The money, by statute, can only be spent on projects that will bring in tourism to the city.

  • ‘High School Musical’ to be staged here

    Disney Channel’s smash hit musical hits the Community Playhouse stage starting this weekend.

    Thirty-five area young people, ages 12 to 20, will sing and dance through class in “High School Musical,” the latest production by the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County.

    Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and July 30 and 31, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 128 Providence Road.

  • 21 cars egged at local apartment complex

    Due to recent shootings at a local restaurant and apartment complex, the Lancaster Police Department had extra officers, including Police Chief Hugh White, patrolling city streets over the weekend.

    There were no shootings reported, but another kind of crime occurred, even with extra officers on watch.

    Residents of Woodhaven Apartments on Colonial Avenue called police late Saturday night to report that their cars had been egged.

    In all, 21 cars at the apartment complex had been hit with eggs, which can damage a car’s paint finish.

  • 105 fans blow at research center

    GREAT FALLS – It’s been a hot summer and many people have been using fans to keep comfortable.

    But in one location, 105 fans were turned on at the same time.

    Dr. Anne Cope, director of research at the Institute for Business and Home Safety, spoke with Chester County Chamber of Commerce members and guests Wednesday about the new institute’s new test center on S.C. 99.

  • Man, 25, shot at Pardue Street Apartments

    A 25-year-old Lancaster man told police that he was shot at Pardue Street Apartments early Tuesday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers responded to the complex at 2:12 a.m. after dispatchers received several calls about gunshots in the area.

    After arriving at the apartments, the victim flagged down officers. He had a gunshot wound to his lower right calf, the report said.

    The man told police that he was behind an apartment in the 700 block and heard several women say, “Who is that?”

  • Council fine tunes priorities list

    County Council wants to fine tune a priorities list before it finalizes it.

    Council recently discussed making changes to a recommended priority list gathered from the U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study.

    The study made recommendations about every thing from public transportation to traffic signals in the area of U.S. 521 from Lancaster north to the state line and from S.C. 9 from the city of Lancaster west to the Catawba River. The study was conducted by URG, an urban and development planning firm.