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  • Collection of penny tax exceeds estimates in Chester County

    CHESTER – Work to renovate the Chester County jail is progressing and so is the process through which upgrades are being paid for.

    The 1 cent sales tax that was approved to cover the $11 million bond is bringing in more money than was expected.

    Chester County Treasurer Jack Kindle said in total, the collections are $184,000 ahead of where they were expected to be.

    “We tried to be fairly conservative in our estimates,” Kindle said. “It’s good to see it’s working the way it is.”

  • Teach dad a new twist about Medicare’s Prescription Drug Plan

    Who says you can’t teach an old dad new twists?  

    All across the nation this Father’s Day weekend, people are telling their fathers, grandfathers, and other special men in their lives about a new “twist” in the law that may help them qualify for extra help paying for costs associated with their prescription drugs.

  • Car crashes into Ninth Street house

    A house on Ninth Street looked like it took a hit from a wrecking ball on Monday.

    Instead, the front end of a Crown Victoria crushed one side of the home at 1144 Ninth Street.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, about 3:15 p.m. Monday, Ronnell Thompson, 18, of 1739 Usher Road, was driving a 2003 Ford Crown Victoria too fast on Ninth Street.

    Senior Trooper Eric Hewett said Thompson ran off the left side of the street, overcorrected and hit the vacant house.

  • Deputy administrator set to begin job

    Jeffrey Naftal will likely become a well-known name around Lancaster County.

    Naftal, who is moving from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., along with his wife, Phyllis, and 3-year-old son, Brian, will begin work as the county’s first deputy county administrator on June 28. He will assist County Administrator Steve Willis.

    With more than 23 years of experience in city government, Naftal was chosen from several candidates to fill the new position.

  • 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