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  • Lancaster again named a Tree City USA community

    The city of Lancaster has been recognized once again for its commitment to forestry.

    For the 20th year, the city is a Tree City USA community, a designation given by the Arbor Day Foundation.

    A municipality has to meet four standards to become a Tree City USA community. It must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

  • Hot enough for you?

    While today should feel cooler, relatively speaking, Lancaster County experienced a heat wave the past several days.

    Summer definitely made its presence known over the weekend, even though the official start of summer isn’t for another five days. Temperatures soared into the upper 90s, and with the humidity factored in (the heat index), it felt like more than 100 degrees.

    Lancaster County, and most counties in the state with the exception of several in the upstate, were under a heat advisory issued Tuesday by the National Weather Service.

  • Golf league awards scholarships

    The Tri-County Golf League recently announced the winners of its first-ever scholarship program.

    The recipients, all 2010 high school graduates, are Jalesa Campbell, James Holmes and Steven Stroud.

    • Campbell graduated from Chester High School and will attend Claflin University in Orangeburg.

    • Holmes graduated from Great Falls High School and will attend Lander University in Greenwood.

    • Stroud graduated from York Comprehensive High School and will attend Presbyterian College in Clinton.

  • Woman reports home invasion

    A Lancaster woman told sheriff’s deputies that two men forced their way into her Logo Street home and stole her money early Saturday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the woman said she heard a knock at her door about 2:45 a.m., and when she opened it, a man shoved a gun in her face and he and another man pushed their way into her home.

    One of the men told her that he knew she had money and demanded that she give it to them or he would shoot her.

  • Police reports - June 9

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after a traffic stop on S.C. 9 Bypass early Saturday.

    Gonza Leevenzie Mackey, 26, 409 Glenwood Ave., was charged with carrying a pistol, failure to stop for blue lights and driving under the influence.

    According to the report, about 3:40 a.m., an officer saw a truck that was smoking heavily run a red light at Crestfield Drive and the bypass then make a left turn.

  • Arts and sciences camps offer affordable fun times

    There are new and exciting classes being offered for the annual Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ summer arts and sciences camps this year.

    Children in Lancaster County have a great opportunity to attend an affordable week-long summer camp and learn more about the arts in their own communities. The Council of the Arts is holding its annual summer camp sessions around the county in July and August.

    The camps are:

    • Lancaster – July 12-16, First United Methodist Church

  • 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.