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  • Chamber program to be hosted at Edgewater

    Members of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce are invited to come and see the developments under way at the Edgewater community at this month’s Business After Hours.

    The community is located south of Lancaster on Catawba Ridge Boulevard.

    The event will be held at the Edgewater Club House from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The program is presented by Tribute Homes. During the evening, attendees are invited to take a golf cart tour of the development, including a model home.

  • Courthouse restoration project winding down

    The new plaster is almost dry and workers are putting the finishing touches on the restoration of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    The walls are no longer black and stripped of their plaster and smelling of acrid smoke and mildew.

    Today, they are gleaming white and simply smell new. But contractors and architect Jody Munnerlyn have worked hard to restore the courthouse to its old glory – the days of 1820s when it was designed by Charleston-born architect Robert Mills.

  • Partners for Youth awards seven college scholarships

    Seven Lancaster County students have been awarded scholarships to aid in their goals to become teachers.

    Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 2010 Future Teacher Scholarships.

    After finishing college, these students pledge to return to the Lancaster County School District to teach in the county for each year they accept the scholarship.

    The 2010 recipients are:

    • Jonathan Cooper, a sophomore at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and Buford High School graduate

  • Colgate Country Showdown coming back to USCL stage

    Interstate 107 Radio  and the city of Lancaster will celebrate country music with the the 2010 Colgate Country Showdown.  

    It’s been more than a decade since  University of South Carolina at Lancaster student Julie Roberts won Interstate 107 Radio’s local competition at Andrew Jackson State Park. Roberts went on to record a certified gold album, featuring the top-ten hit song “Break Down Here.” She now lives in Nashville.  

  • Group to seek pledges from stores

    Local businesses are being asked to rally around the effort to decrease alcohol use among youth.

    The Coalition for Healthy Youth of Lancaster County will visit convenience stores, restaurants and other businesses on Thursday, asking them to sign a covenant.

    Those who sign will pledge to reduce underage access to alcohol and tobacco, reduce the negative consequences of underage and excessive drinking and to encourage people to make healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Events take aim at violence

    The Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy has planned three more events to bring people together to fight crime and try to get more guns off Lancaster’s streets.

    LAPS is a crime-watch group formed by Lancaster City Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris. The group has sponsored marches against crime, a gun buy-back drive and a recent candlelight vigil.

    On Friday, LAPS and the Lancaster Police Department will hold a community forum beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Justice Center, 405 E. Arch St.

  • Police reports - June 13, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Leon Lee Newman, 20, 1601 Tilly Lane, was charged with simple possession of marijuana and driving under suspension on June 10.

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on a drug charge after officers conducted surveillance in the area of Knight and Cedar streets on June 10.

    Officers saw what they believed was a drug transaction and pulled up to question a man. The man ran from them, jumped a retaining wall and two fences before being caught by an officer.

  • McGriff fends off Funderburk in District 2 race

    Councilwoman Charlene McGriff will likely keep her District 2 seat on Lancaster County Council for the next four years.

    In the only locally contested primary race, McGriff won with 585 votes over Blondale Funderburk, who received 330.

    McGriff said she is passionate about representing the residents of District 2, and that running for council is not something one does on a whim.

    “I feel good about it,” McGriff said shortly after the votes were tallied Tuesday. “This is a position you have to prepare yourself for.”

  • City still working with store owner on exemption

    Lancaster City Council has a little more time to decide how it will treat a store owner’s request to be exempt from the city’s Streetscape project.

    Hal Crenshaw, owner of Crenco Oil Co., said the efforts to install new curbing and sidewalk along South Main Street would hurt his business, Crenco Food Store. The beautification project has already started along that section of Main Street, but Crenshaw has asked that his convenience store be exempt from the project.

  • Two men face trespassing charges after crashing on local race track

    The truck sped up and rounded a turn when the driver lost control and struck the concrete barrier in turn two.

    This might sound like a description of Saturday night at the races at the Lancaster Speedway.

    But instead, the high-speed action was Tuesday when employees of a sprinkler service company decided to drink beer and take a turn on Lancaster’s dirt track, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.