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Local News

  • News staff wins eight company-wide awards

    The newsroom staff of The Lancaster News received eight awards in its company’s annual writing, photography and design contest.

    The Lancaster News is owned by Landmark Community Newspapers, based in Shelbyville, Ky.

    Features editor Gregory A. Summers received three awards – first place for general page design, third place for best photo page layout and third place for excellence in feature writing.

    Reporter Christopher Sardelli received two awards – second place for best ongoing or extended coverage and second place in feature writing.

  • City employees may get raises

    City of Lancaster employees may be getting a raise after all.

    A 2 percent across-the-board pay increase has been recommended as part of a revised draft of the 2010-11 budget.

    Councilwoman Sara Eddins wanted City Council to discuss the idea during its budget meeting Thursday.

    She said the city runs because of its employees and that a 2 percent raise is a reasonable consideration. The increase will cost the city an extra $129,793.

    “They’re our greatest assets,” Eddins said. “We need to do this.”

  • Official: Top of old jail is sinking

    Restore it or knock it down.

    Those are the choices facing County Council about what to do with the historic jail building on West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster.

    The building, designed by noted Charleston-born architect Robert Mills, was built for $8,000 in 1823, making it five years older than the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Years ago, a cement and mortar ceiling was added to the building, but was too heavy for the building to support it, City Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • AJ taps Moore as interim football coach

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School has selected one of its own to serve as interim coach for next year, a move that Principal Mary Barry says will give the program needed stability as well as time to evaluate options for a search.

  • Promoting river, other attractions could bring dollars

    Dean Faile is hoping tourism can help stimulate the area’s economy.

    Faile, executive director of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, attended the Catawba Regional Tourism Summit on Wednesday looking for ways to attract more tourists, and ultimately more tourism dollars to the county.

    The summit involved representatives from Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, Union and York counties and was held at the Baxter M. Hood Center on the York Technical College campus in Rock Hill.

  • Lancaster man, 38, faces dog-fighting charge

    A Lancaster man has been charged with dogfighting after officers heard what they believed was a dog fight on Miller Street on May 27.

    James Junior Clark, 38, of 1751 Flat Creek Road, was charged by the Lancaster Police Department with dog fighting.

  • Credit union’s new home features airy offices, pieces of local history

    Walking through the sun-lit hallways of his new corporate headquarters, Bruce Brumfield stops every few feet to point out another innovative feature.

    Brumfield, president and chief executive officer of Founders Federal Credit Union, is taking the time to know every room, gadget and piece of architecture throughout the new three-level, 110,000-square-foot headquarters at Gillsbrook and Plantation roads.

    There are the stainless-steel strips embedded in the lobby floor, meant to symbolize woven fabric as a connection to old Springs Industries plants.

  • More food choices for students at lunch

    Philly cheese steaks and chicken wings will be some of the new foods available to school children next year.

    Mary Thompson, director of food services for Lancaster County School District, said her staff is preparing to offer an expanded menu at the district’s middle and high schools starting in 2010-11.

    The aim is to give students more choice, while continuing to provide healthy options.

  • County spends $370,000 to fix roads

    After a winter filled with cold weather and flooding problems, Lancaster County has spent close to $370,000 to fix roads throughout the county.

    County Administrator Steve Willis presented a report to Lancaster County Council on May 24 about the total costs for road repairs this year.

    So far, $369,656 has been spent on road repairs due to flooding, including major projects on Gills Creek Drive, Langley Road, Greystone Drive and Twelve Mile Creek Road.

  • $200,000 in heavy construction equipment reported stolen in IL

    INDIAN LAND – More than $200,000 in heavy construction equipment was reported stolen from Harrisburg Road in Indian Land on May 26.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a Salisbury, N.C., man told a deputy that he had gone to 11927 Harrisburg Road to pick up some of his equipment. The man is owner of Gupton’s Land Clearing of Salisbury.

    The man told the deputy he had last seen the equipment in March.

    Stolen from the property were a:

    u A Caterpillar tractor valued at $62,500