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  • Group to hold crime march

    Kimberly Cox remembers the strong support from other residents as they marched the streets of Lancaster in a stand against violence.

    This was in October, when Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) hosted its first crime awareness march.

    That day, people of all ages joined together to make a statement against violence and crime.

    Cox, vice-president of LAPS, hopes for a similar outcome this weekend.

    LAPS is holding its second crime march, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday outside Southside Early Childhood Center, 500 Hampton Road, Lancaster.

  • 'Eggstravaganza' set for Saturday

    One Easter event this weekend will not only allow children to collect eggs, but will also give them a chance to win one of several special prizes.

    The Lancaster Downtown Business Association is hosting its first-ever Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday.

    Children will be able to stop by 13 different businesses in downtown Lancaster that are each serving as an “egg station.” The participants will roam from one location to the next, collecting a plastic egg at each stop that is filled with candy and other treats.  

  • Yard sale to benefit Family Promise

    If you have any unused clothes, accessories or appliances laying around the house, start gathering them. Those items may go a long way in helping the underprivileged in Lancaster County.

    Family Promise of Lancaster, a network of churches that provide housing for the homeless, is preparing to host a major yard sale on April 24.

  • More than 30 guns turned in at local drive

    The Rev. Otis Lathan will never forget the look of despair on the face of a Lancaster mother who had just lost her second son to a violent crime.

    Lathan, pastor at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, has given the eulogies for two brothers, both of whom were younger than 30 when they died. The most recent was the victim of a fatal shooting in January.

    As Lathan glanced at their anguished mother during the funeral, he said he knew something had to be done to help eliminate senseless violence.

    His idea was a gun buy-back program.

  • County Council debates rezones

    After 30 years of living along Country Club Drive in Lancaster, Bob Hunter worried a newly proposed rezoning could damage his neighborhood.

    Hunter became concerned after hearing that a tract of land about 300 yards from where he lives could soon be turned into apartment buildings. He urged Lancaster County Council a few weeks ago not to approve the rezoning.

    “People who rent property do not take care of the property,” Hunter said. “When they move, they leave stuff around.”

  • Candidates begin to file for offices

    A number of candidates seeking to run for a variety of offices this year filed with the county’s political parties last week.

    Incumbent, Democratic Lancaster County Council members who filed last week are Charlene McGriff in District 2, Larry Honeycutt in District 4 and Jack Estridge in District 6. Sandy Estridge has also filed to continue as probate judge. She is also a Democrat.

  • Kershaw man shot to death Saturday

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw man was killed after an ongoing disagreement ended in a shooting on Saturday night, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

    According to a sheriff's office press release, Quintal Nehemiah James, 28, of 6534 Palmetto Street, was shot several times at his home about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Investigators said that Rodney Thompson, 41, of  215 Jason St., Kershaw, came to James’ house, according to the press release. When James opened his door, Thompson fired a pistol and shot several times. Thompson then fled the scene.

  • Friends of land trust plan cleanup of trail

    GREAT FALLS – Katawba Valley Land Trust has established a friends group.

    One of the first projects initiated by this new group is a cleanup at the Rocky Creek Trail in Great Falls.

    In 2009, the trail, which is open to the public, was designated as an Audubon Important Bird Area and one of the first official legs of the proposed Carolina Thread Trail.

    Activities are planned on April 24, starting with a guided nature walk along the trail and transitioning into a cleanup, filled with contests and prizes for those who collect the most trash.

  • Measure would make auditor’s, treasurer’s jobs appointed posts

    County Council is considering a measure that would change the form of government in the county from an administrator to a manager form of government.

    The proposed change comes as longtime County Treasurer Dick Rowell has decided he won’t run again after his term expires in 2012.

    The change in the form of government would have to be approved by voters in a referendum.

    Council will have to approve an ordinance to put the referendum on November’s ballot. The ordinance would require three readings to be approved.

  • Response to census here above state rate

    Local participation is high as residents have begun mailing back their Census 2010 forms.

    As of March 24, 22 percent of Lancaster County residents have responded to this year’s U.S. Census, according to the mail-participation rate on the U.S. Census Web site.

    Lancaster County rates were higher than several neighboring counties.