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  • 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.

  • Groups to hold gun drive here

    The number of murders and other violent crimes involving guns has spurred local law officers and community members into action.

    A gun drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 3 at the Lancaster Municipal Justice Center, 405 E. Arch St.

    The event is a joint effort sponsored by Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, the Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) and the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Upgrades under way at city’s wastewater plant

    Upgrades to the city of Lancaster’s wastewater- treatment plant are under way.

    City Council was updated at its March 9 meeting about the plans for the plant, which includes the installation of a chemical-feed system to address the phosphorous the plant discharges into the Catawba River. The system will also control the pH levels.

    The city is also converting the plant’s disinfection system from chlorine gas to a safer disinfectant.

  • Native American Studies Week starts Saturday

    There’s plenty opportunity in the next few days to get a healthy sample of Catawba Indian art and culture.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is hosting its fifth annual Native American Studies Week, beginning Saturday with the Native American Festival at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    The festival will be similar to the Yap Ye Iswa (Day of the Catawba) Festival that was held at USCL in November 2007 and 2008.

  • Airport project to begin in April

    Construction crews will begin concrete runway work at the Lancaster County Airport next month.

    The project, which will replace the top portion of the asphalt runway with 7.5 inches of concrete, is intended to strengthen the aging runway and make conditions safer for airplanes.

    The first phase of the project will involve shaving off the surface of the 6,000-foot asphalt runway and then pouring concrete over the remaining asphalt.

    The runway’s concrete work will be done in six separate, narrow bands that extend from each end of the runway.

  • County will have to update its traffic signs

    County officials are developing a plan to address the replacement of thousands of stop, speed limit and street-name signs in Lancaster County.

    In an effort to make roads safer throughout the country, the Federal Highway Administration mandated a few years ago that all traffic signs meet new reflective standards.

    The FHA requires that all traffic signs feature retroreflective properties, which means light from cars bounces off the signs, making them more visible to drivers.

  • City pledges support for proposed 15-county Carolina Thread Trail

    Lancaster City Council is supporting the effort to start a proposed regional nature trail.

    Travis Morehead, community coordinator for the Carolina Thread Trail organization, gave a presentation at City Council’s meeting Tuesday, informing council members on the group’s plan to connect hiking trails, natural greenways and significant historical sites across a 15-county area.

    Landsford Canal State Park, the 40 Acre Rock preserve and Andrew Jackson State Park are among the local attractions expected to be part of the trail.

  • Heath Springs rodeo is Saturday

    HEATH SPRINGS – Bull riding, calf roping and a host of other events will be front and center Saturday at the 14th annual Heath Springs Rodeo.

    The day-long event, which raises money for Heath Springs Elementary School, will be held on Boyd Faile Road, off U.S. 521, behind Smalls Food Center.

    Beginning at 1 p.m., attendees can enjoy barbecue plates, sandwiches, chips, other snacks as well as drinks. Vendors will also be on hand selling cotton candy, funnel cakes and popcorn.

  • Committee: Cop should be rehired

    The city of Lancaster’s employee grievance committee has voted to reinstate a former Lancaster Police Department detective, and finds that the matter points to larger problems within the police department.

    Pat Parsons, a sergeant with the department, was fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18.

    In their complaints, filed in February, Thompson and Truesdale said Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.