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  • 2013 Comporium phone book highlights city’s Red Rose Festival

    You will now be reminded of Lancaster’s signature event all year round.

    This week, Comporium Communications unveiled its 2013 phone book, which highlights the Red Rose Festival. The cover features a red rose with “Red Rose Festival” written just below it.

    This particular directory serves Lancaster County.

    The Red Rose Festival, now in its fourth year, is set for May 17 and 18 in downtown Lancaster.

  • No vacation break for Mulvaney

    Members of Congress left Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15 for a 10-day vacation break, but U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) hasn’t been sitting at home this week.

    On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Mulvaney spoke to about 200 constituents in a town hall-style meeting at York Technical College in Rock Hill, answering questions ranging from proposed gun control bills to the “fiscal cliff.”  

    Then on Wednesday, the second-term congressman from Indian Land spoke to a group of students at Buford Middle School.

  • Grant approved for Parks and Rec department

    Children will soon have a new place to play outside the Springdale Recreation Center with the award last week of a new state grant for playground equipment. 

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the State Parks and Recreation Development grant, to help buy and install the equipment near the Springdale building, was awarded to the county Feb. 14. 

    Awarded through the S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism department, the grant funds $29,936, with a 20 percent local cash match of $7,484 from the county. 

  • School officials seek help with legislative support

    Lancaster County School officials urged audience members at this month’s school board meeting to ask their state representatives for help with two important issues facing the district.

    The appeal came Tuesday, Feb. 19, during a meeting with a packed house of family members gathered to celebrate recognition of this year’s Junior Scholars with Trustees Awards.

  • County’s famed ‘George Washington coin’ missing from Wofford

    A storied piece of Lancaster County’s history is missing at the Wofford College archives.

    The George Washington half dollar is a silver Spanish piece of eight (Spanish real) said to have been used by the first president to pay for breakfast at the historic Nathan Barr’s Tavern on the morning of May 27, 1791.

    The coin has been in the care of the Wofford archives since the early 1900s.

  • Thunder snow surprise

    Within seconds, a steady rain switched to blustery snow across Lancaster County on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16, coating the area in slush and powder during the first real snowstorm of 2013.

    While a wintery mix fell early in the day, large snowflakes blanketed the county in white beginning after 5 p.m. and lasting through late evening.

  • Underage alcohol sting nets zero charges

    The results of a recent underage alcohol sting had Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard singing the praises of several local businesses.

    In a press release sent Monday afternoon, Howard lauded 15 Lancaster businesses for refusing to sell alcohol to an underage operative. The initiative, conducted Saturday, Feb. 16, was a joint operation between the Lancaster Police Department and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

  • Potter, Taxahaw road rehabs to include only sections

    A S.C. Department of Transportation official has clarified the scope of an upcoming road rehabilitation project on Potter and Taxahaw roads.

    In response to a request for more details on the project, SCDOT District 4 Administrator John McCarter said the rehabilitation will include only portions of the roads and not their entire length.

  • Bond denied for Chesterfield County Courthouse shooting suspect

    PAGELAND – A Chesterfield County man remains jailed without bond after allegedly shooting two people outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse on Feb. 13 and leading police on a  chase.

    Curtis Brent Gorney, 54, of Cheraw, is believed to have pulled up outside the courthouse on Chesterfield’s Main Street at 12:20 p.m. that day and opening fire on 21-year-old Olivia Weaver and her stepfather, Donnie Nolan. Gorney then fled the area west on S.C. 9 with sheriff’s deputies in pursuit.

  • Two face drug charges after police chase

    Two out-of-towners were arrested and jailed last week after leading Lancaster police on a car chase and then wrecking the vehicle they were riding in.

    Kenneth Eugene McMurray, 33, of Catawba, was charged Monday, Feb. 11, with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, failure to stop for blue lights and resisting arrest.

    Mandy Lynn Herring, 25, of Scranton, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.