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  • Spring arts draw is Friday

    Spring is in the air, and one way you might want to enjoy the warmer weather is to take a walk in downtown Lancaster and visit local art galleries.

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is holding its annual springs arts draw beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., home of the LCCA gallery.

  • Committee recommends reinstating Parsons as police officer

    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.

    Former Sgt. Pat Parsons was fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18, in February.

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

  • Next Generation Youth Crusade is Saturday

    The Next Generation Youth Crusade is a church- and community-outreach partnership to help youth.

    It is a collaboration with churches, community organizations, youth pastors and directors, schools, media, mentors and individuals who share the same mission and vision to reach, safeguard and empower  young people.  

    The Next Generation Youth Crusade will have an open-air crusade and intercessory prayer session Saturday in the Deliverance Word of Faith Church parking lot at 500 Palmetto St., Lancaster.

  • Blackmons donate conservation easement to land trust

    In January, Jerry and Irene Blackmon of Charlotte placed 389 acres of land into a conservation easement.

    The tract is adjacent to Flat Creek and close to Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve, an area designated as a national natural landmark, which now has nearly 2,500 acres of contiguous, protected land. 

    The tract contains upland oak-hickory forests and bottomland hardwoods.

    Several stream sides harbor stands of mountain laurel and trout lilies.

  • Police reports - March 28, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested after officers responded to a burglary on Forest Drive on March 22.

    Terry Nathan James, 30, 1869 Chase Madison Drive, was charged with first-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools.

    According to the report, the resident said his alarm sounded because an outside door was opened at the house. When the man looked outside, he saw James walking a bicycle through his front yard near the carport, the report said.

  • Courthouse projects coming together

    Work on both the new and old courthouse buildings on Main Street in downtown Lancaster is on schedule.

    Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders updated County Council on the status of both projects at its March 1 meeting.

    Perception Builders is in charge of construction in the second phase of the historic courthouse project, while Catledge is also serving as project consultant for construction of the new courthouse.

  • Prison guard faces charge

    KERSHAW – A Jefferson woman was arrested Friday and charged with accepting a bribe from the family of an inmate at Kershaw Correctional Institute.

    Genevieve M. Robinson, 63, of 517 Rock St., Jefferson, has been charged by the S.C. Department of Corrections with accepting a bribe and furnishing a prisoner with contraband, according to arrest warrants.

  • Residents can get help filling out their census forms

    Help is on hand if you need assistance completing your 2010 Census questionnaire.  

    A U.S. Census Bureau employee will be at the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster, on three days next week to answer questions about the count and to provide forms for those who may not have received them in the mail.

    Questionnaires are expected to arrive at households through today, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    The census worker will be at the Administration Building from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon March 24.

  • Indian Land Elementary to offer FIT Kids program

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Elementary School  will offer an eight-week after-school program March 22-May 21 called Fitness Improves Thinking Kids (FIT Kids).

    The program is for children in grades two through five. It will run from 2:30 to 6 p.m. and will include homework time, healthy snacks, physical activity and fitness and nutrition education.

    ILES physical education teacher Mike Kersey will lead the program.

  • Wilds to attend national conference on adult literacy

    Kathy Wilds hopes to bring back a lot of valuable information from a major conference next week.

    Wilds, executive director of the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC), will be in Chicago for the first-ever national conference on adult basic education and literacy.

    The conference, which runs Monday through March 19, is sponsored by the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and ProLiteracy, the world’s largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs.

    LALC is a member of ProLiteracy.