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  • Alcohol to be sold at Red Rose Festival

    Alcohol options will be expanded for adult patrons of this year’s Red Rose Festival.

    On Tuesday, March 26, Lancaster City Council unanimously approved a request from Support Services Director Teresa Meeks to allow beer and wine sales at the two-day festival May 17 and 18 in downtown Lancaster.

    2012 was the first year the Red Rose Festival featured alcohol. Just beer was available, though.

    In late 2011, council revised an existing city ordinance to allow beer and wine to be sold at city-sponsored functions.

  • Gleason still in jail

    The man accused of killing his girlfriend’s daughter remains behind bars.

    Last week, Phillip Bryan Gleason was given a $150,000 surety bond during a hearing at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Gleason is charged with homicide by child abuse in the March 5 death of 5-year-old Soren Victoria Chilson.

    According to reports, he was home alone with the girl, who was later unresponsive and died shortly afterward from head injuries. She suffered several body bruises, as well.

  • Eleven Lancaster County schools earn Palmetto Awards

    Eleven Lancaster County schools earned prestigious Palmetto Awards from the S.C. Department of Education this week for their outstanding performance.

    Now in its 12th year, the annual Palmetto Gold and Silver awards recognize schools for academic achievement and high rates of improvement.

    The awards are granted in two categories, general performance and closing the achievement gap, both based on data from the S.C. Department of Education's annual school report cards.

  • Council considers farmers market change

    Lancaster County officials are hoping a new crop of people can help grow the county’s farmers market. 

    With a drop in volunteers willing to serve on the county’s Farmers Market Commission, coupled with the need for someone to manage day-to-day activities at the Pageland Highway market, Lancaster County Council discussed a proposal to shift responsibility for the market during its March 25 meeting. 

  • Council gives nod to work at Air-Rail Park

    Landscaping and electrical line work are two of the latest projects to be approved at the county’s new Lancaster Air-Rail Industrial Park.

    Lancaster County Council approved both projects during its March 11 meeting by a vote of 6-0. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff was absent on a previously-scheduled trip.

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented the two projects as a way to enhance the appearance and marketability of the industrial park, which is under construction near the county’s airport. 

  • Social services aplenty in county

    There are hundreds of people looking out for the very young, elderly, poor and disadvantaged in Lancaster County.

    Participants in the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lancaster program became more familiar with these helpers and the agencies they represent during Leadership’s most recent information day March 13.

  • Deputies search for home invasion suspect

    Deputies are searching for one of three men charged in a violent 2012 home invasion after he failed to appear in court earlier this month. 

    A general sessions bench warrant was issued March 18 for Brandone Marquiz Wagner, 29, of Winston Salem, N.C., according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Wagner is charged with attempted armed robbery and first-degree burglary in connection with a home invasion that happened Jan. 8, 2012 in the 200 block of Clearwater Drive, per a 2012 sheriff’s office press release.

  • County mining district inches closer to reality

    As a new mining zoning district edges closer to reality, Lancaster County Council members are hoping the word “landfill” is just as quickly leaving the minds of county residents. 

    During its Monday, March 25, meeting, council unanimously approved second reading of a two-part plan to first create a new mining designation within the county code and to also rezone almost 5,000 acres of Haile Gold Mine Inc. property. 

  • School district, Rotarians salute 57 ‘role models’

    Lancaster County honored its best students last week, not for their athletic abilities, though some were athletes of note; and not for their academic prowess, though nearly all were very bright.

    No, these 57 children – three from each county school – were celebrated because they were, first and foremost, just outstandingly good kids: kindhearted, well-mannered, delightful, acquisitive, encouraging, helpful, determined, dependable students.

  • Judge denies McIlwain motion of self-defense in Clyburn murder

    The Lancaster man charged last year in the killing of a former professional baseball player had his motion for self-defense dismissed last week.

    Derrick McIlwain, 38, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Brooks Goldsmith in General Sessions court on Thursday, March 21, to see if he could avoid prosecution on the grounds of the “Castle Doctrine.”

    That law justifies use of deadly force when a person feels his or her life is threatened.

    McIlwain is charged with murder for the Feb. 7, 2012, shooting death of Danny Clyburn Jr.