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  • Police will be looking for speeders in school zones

    Drivers need to be reminded that local streets may be clogged with traffic on Monday as students head back to class in the Lancaster County School District.

    The area around Lancaster High School is often a traffic jam the first few days of the new school year, and Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said extra officers will be on the campus as the new year starts.

    Grant, who heads up the department’s patrol division, said officers will be looking for traffic infractions, especially speeding.

  • Doster’s sculpture wins N.C. contest

    DILLSBORO, N.C. – Lancaster artist Bob Doster has been named the winner of Jackson County Green Energy Park’s 2010 sculpture competition with a piece called “Box of Souls.”

    Doster’s piece is a constructed stainless-steel box, cut away to reveal empty space in the shape of numerous geometric and representational figures, including the sun and stars, humans and animals.

  • Back to the books for 11,400 local students

    Today is the last day of summer vacation for the estimated 11,400 students who will attend Lancaster County School District schools this year.

    Yellow school buses return to the highways and school bells will ring at 19 different district schools  Monday morning.

  • Council looks at aviation overlay

    County Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to create an aviation corridor overlay district Tuesday.

    If approved, the ordinance would limit the height of buildings and other structures near the flight path of the Lancaster County Airport. It’s designed to reduce hazards to airplanes.

    “We’re doing this because of future plans to expand at the airport,” Elaine Boone of the county planning department told council.

  • State of Community event set for Aug. 24

    Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo company, will present the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lancaster State of the Community event at 8 a.m. Aug. 24 in the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.  

    This breakfast event will provide a venue for the top elected officials of the city of Lancaster, Lancaster County and Lancaster County School District to give the community an update on activities and challenges they are facing.

  • HS awarded $500,000 grant for waterlines

    HEATH SPRINGS –  A third phase of waterline improvements can begin, with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant recently awarded to the town.

    Heath Springs Town Council voted months ago to pay for engineering for the project, in hopes that the grant funding would come through, Mayor Ann Taylor said.

    The S.C. Department of Commerce announced the grant award on Aug. 3.

    The project will replace aging waterlines in the east side of town. That includes Northside Circle, and Hart, Salem, East, Clark, Ridge, Elder and Liberty streets, Taylor said.

  • IL Walmart to open Wednesday

    INDIAN LAND – The new Indian Land Walmart store will be overstaffed when it opens Wednesday.

    “I want it overstaffed so we make sure we have everything the customer needs,” store manager John Clevenger said Thursday. “And this way we can have every register open for its first five days.”

    Walmart aimed to fill about 350 positions, but have already hired about 370 employees for the store, Clevenger said.

  • Surprise candidate files for mayor

    Mary Helen Yarborough compares herself to a rookie baseball pitcher who can bring new energy to a team. And she likens incumbent Mayor Joe Shaw to a seasoned player who’s weary from many years of service.

    Yarborough said the need for a new face and fresh ideas is the reason she wants to be the city of Lancaster’s next mayor. She filed to run Tuesday afternoon at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

  • Man died of suffocation

    A 66-year-old man suffocated during a fight at his home on Saturday, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.

    Police were called to Edward Jackson Bolding Jr.’s home  at 106 Roberts Drive at 3 p.m. Saturday.

    Bobby Robinson, 41, of 2117 Powell Ave., told them he had gone into the house and found Bolding dead, according to an incident report.

  • Lodges, LAPS to give away supplies at back-to-school event

    Notebooks, pens and paper will be available this weekend for area students in need of school supplies.

    The Lancaster County Lodges and Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) are hosting a back-to-school event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Constitution Park, at Woodland and Roddey drives in Lancaster.

    The event, open and free to the pubic, gives local children who may not be able to get all the supplies they need a chance to pick up those items.