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  • Council OKs budget with tax hike

    Library and recreation department services won’t be drastically cut, but residents will see a little extra on their tax bills next year.

    County Council approved a 1.7-mill tax increase during second reading of the county’s 2010-11 budget on Monday. The tax increase will add another $403,815, and it means that library and recreation services council members talked about cutting at first reading will remain in the budget. Council must have one more reading of the budget to finalize it.

  • Girl with Lancaster ties has unprecedented transplants

    Laura Margaret Burbach’s goal of attending Duke University to study public policy seems much more realistic now than it had a year or so ago.

    Burbach has a host of interests and lofty dreams, but those visions became clouded because of major health issues.

    The 16-year-old Madison, Ga., resident has been living with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or SCID, a genetic disorder that weakens the immune system.

    With a weak immune system, a sickness such as the common cold can be fatal.

  • Eighth annual RAO Ride fundraiser is Saturday

    It’s time to fire up that Harley-Davidson or shine up the hot rod for the eighth annual RAO Ride.

    The charity motorcycle ride will be held Saturday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Carole Ray Dowling Center, 509 Hubbard Drive.

    Motorcyclists may register from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Cost is $25 for solo riders and $40 for two-up bikes, and includes a meal after the ride, a T-shirt and post-ride activities.

    The 85-mile ride begins at 11 a.m., with riders returning to the Dowling Center between 12:30 and 1 p.m.

  • Friends remember former city official

    Bill Melton was a caring man who came prepared to meetings and would always let you know where he stood on issues.

    Those who spent time around Melton through the years share those sentiments and more as they remember the life of the former Lancaster City councilman.

    Melton died Friday. He was 78.

    Melton served two stints on City Council – from 1979 to 1982 and then again from 1986 to 1990.

  • Sanford at groundbreaking

    Might Lancaster County be home to the company that may grow to be as large as Google, Starbucks or Adidas?

    Gov. Mark Sanford believes Red Ventures has the potential to do so, and said Tuesday’s ceremony was a big step toward that point.

    Sanford joined local officials and executives with Red Ventures, as the online marketing and sales company held a groundbreaking ceremony for its second building at its campus in the 521 Corporate Park in Indian Land.

  • Airport taxilane project moves forward

    The Lancaster County Airport is one step closer to the reconstruction of its cracked taxilane pavement.

    County Administrator Steve Willis recently presented a report to County Council about the status of a project to repair the airport’s taxilanes. Taxilanes are the portions of the ground on which aircrafts travel between taxiways and parking spaces or hangars.

    The repairs are part of the county’s approved 2010 Federal Aviation Administration grant project, which  calls for the taxilane pavement at the airport to be completely repaved.

  • Four charged in staged robbery attempt

    Four people have been charged in what police say was a staged robbery attempt Friday morning at a check-cashing business on North Main Street.

    The Lancaster Police Department has charged:

    • Angelique Nicole Brice, 24, of 305 Rutledge St.

    • Ladarius Truesdale, 18, of 225 Township Drive, Fort Mill

    • Jasmine Rasheeda Patterson, 23, of 1126 Paladin Road

    • Damarcus Patterson, 21, of 745 Brooklyn Ave.

    They are facing attempted grand larceny over $5,000 and conspiracy to commit grand larceny over $5,000 charges.

  • County officials mull sign-replacement plan

    A federal road requirement has County Council considering how to budget for the replacement of thousands of stop, speed limit and street name signs in the county.

    County Administrator Steve Willis recently asked council to look at its 2010-11 budget to see if there is any room to allocate funds for replacing signs on streets throughout the county. Willis suggested council consider an increase in property taxes or raising the road fee, which is now $15.

  • Voters go to polls Tuesday in S.C.

    Tuesday is Primary Day in South Carolina, when Democrats and Republicans choose their candidates for local and state offices.

    But in Lancaster County, there isn’t a whole lot of action this Primary Day.

    There is just one locally contested race – the County Council District 2 rematch between incumbent Charlene McGriff and Blondale Funderburk, a Democratic race.

    McGriff won the seat in a special election in November. The two also squared off for the seat in a special primary last September.

  • I-77 traffic shift begins Monday at Richburg exit

    RICHBURG – The S.C. Department of Transportation has closed exit 62 on Interstate 77 in Chester County to prepare for a traffic shift that will occur in the early morning hours Monday.  

    During this traffic shift, the two lanes of northbound and southbound traffic on I-77 will shift onto the exit ramps, cross Old Richburg Road uninterrupted, and then resume travel on I-77.  

    This traffic pattern will remain in effect until the bridges are repaired.