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  • Red Rose Festival plans on track

    Local residents and people from afar should be in for a great time during the inaugural Red Rose Festival, organizers say.

    The event will be May 7 and 8 in downtown Lancaster.

    See Lancaster SC, the city’s marketing group, began planning the festival last year and is pleased with the progress. Musical acts have been booked and vendors have agreed to participate, said Teresa Meeks, the city of Lancaster’s support-services director.

  • County may raise fines for false alarms

    County officials are considering raising fines for false fire alarms.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the proposal is an effort between the county and the city of Lancaster to develop a consistent statute for all county residents. An ordinance revision would clarify the county’s fire service codes, making it clear who could be charged a fine.

  • Councilman seeks support for Westwood waterline project

    County Council may partner with the city of Lancaster for a waterline construction project in the Westwood neighborhood.

    Councilman Larry Honeycutt said the neighborhood’s 2-inch water lines are too small to accommodate the needs of its residents, leading to poor water pressure and quality. Honeycutt also worried about the lack of fire hydrants in the area.

  • Big planes flying lower over county now

    The next sound Lancaster residents could soon hear is the roar of airplane engines overhead.

    That is, if a proposed extension of airspace for Charlotte Douglas International Airport is finalized within the next few weeks.

    The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing an extension of the Class B airspace around the airport, which airplanes use when taking off and landing. The plan would expand the airspace to include the area above the city of Lancaster and other points north to the state line.

  • Trial set in stabbing incident

    The trial for a man accused of stabbing the mother of his children last year is set to begin Monday, 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said.

    Gerardo Reyes-Campos, 31, was charged in March 2009 with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were called to the home of Diane Trejo, 22, and Reyes-Campos on Feb. 19, 2009.

    Officers found Trejo sitting on the front porch of the home, bleeding heavily from her neck and hands.

  • Census takers to fan out across S.C. starting Saturday

    If you haven’t mailed back your 2010 Census questionnaire or you did not receive one, you can expect a knock at your door sometime between May 1 and mid-July.

    Beginning Saturday, about 10,000 census takers will fan out across South Carolina going door to door to collect information from households that have not answered the census.

  • Council to discuss reducing size for planned development districts

    County Council will discuss a significant change for future planned development districts at its Monday meeting.

    County Planning Director Chris Karres has recommended council look at reducing the required acreage for PDDs from 150 acres to 25 acres, which is the state minimum.

    A planned development district, such as Sun City Carolina Lakes in Indian Land, combines both residential and commercial properties. County Administrator Steve Willis said the change is a result of dwindling amounts of large tracts of land.

  • County Council finalizes 2010 needs list

    Affordable housing, improved transportation and updated emergency medical services facilities were added as priorities for Lancaster County’s community-needs list.

    The annual list, compiled with help from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, is used each year to identify community needs eligible for Community Development Block Grants. The CDBG program, run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides annual grants to areas with people who have low to moderate income.

  • Danny Ray Caskey, 43

    GREAT FALLS – Danny Ray Caskey, 43, died Saturday, May 8, 2010.

    Funeral arrangements will be announced by Baker Funeral Home, Kershaw.

     

  • CSI: Lancaster, Deputies receive forensic training

    At a recent house fire, Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy Ken Taylor collected bits of burned debris from two parts of the home.

    The debris was sent to the State Law Enforcement Division’s laboratory to be analyzed, in hopes of determining how the suspicious fire started.

    Sheriff’s deputy Jeff Steele responded to a murder scene at a home in Kershaw, documenting the scene through photographs and collecting shell casings and cartridges.