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  • Man pleads in ’08 death

    A Lancaster man pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a former Chicago resident who moved to Lancaster to escape violence.

    Monterio Hood, 20, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, assault and battery with intent to kill, possession of crack cocaine, carrying a pistol and possession of a stolen pistol as part of a negotiated plea in the death of Anthony Armour, 31, 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

  • McGriff wants county to help fund Unity event

    Charlene McGriff hopes Lancaster County Council will help fund an annual festival.

    McGriff, the District 2 representative on council, asked council Monday to consider funding the county’s annual Unity in the Community festival. Sponsored by nonprofit group Lancaster Fatherhood Project, the festival is gearing up for its 14th annual event, but still needs funding for administrative costs.

  • Annual Lily Fest is Sunday

    You’re invited to attend an event that highlights one of the most breath-taking natural spectacles in the area.

    The 17th annual Lily Fest is Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Landsford Canal State Park, on the Catawba River at the border of Lancaster and Chester counties.

    The festival celebrates the bloom of the Rocky Shoals spider lily, a white-flowered plant found in the Southeastern United States. Naturalists say Landsford Canal State Park has the most abundant population of spider lilies in the world.

  • County moves forward with waterline project

    County Council approved a joint project Monday between the city and the county to improve waterlines in the Westwood neighborhood.

    Councilman Larry Honeycutt spearheaded the effort to find funding for a waterline project in the neighborhood. Westwood, just outside the Lancaster city limits, has had problems for years with its waterlines that include low pressure, leaking and numerous breaks.

  • HOPE, EMS will share office space

    It’s a split decision for who will receive two soon-to-be vacant county offices on Pageland Highway.

    Charitable organization HOPE in Lancaster and the county’s Emergency Medical Services will share the two offices that will be vacated when County Coroner Mike Morris leaves his current space at 2008 Pageland Highway.

    County Administrator Steve Willis announced the decision at Monday’s County Council meeting.

  • New city budget calls for no tax hike, no pay raises for employees

    No layoffs, no raises and no tax increases are part of what’s proposed for the city of Lancaster’s budget for 2010-11.

    City Finance Director James Absher presented a draft of the new budget Thursday at a special City Council meeting.

    The proposed 2010-11 budget is $22.39 million, up $2.2 million from the current fiscal year. Absher notes that increase comes from grant money the city has received.

    There are no plans to lay off any of the city’s nearly 170 employees; no raises have been budgeted either.

  • District to dissolve HS special-ed class

    Angela Brown is upset that her daughter’s special education class at Heath Springs Elementary School will soon no longer exist.

    Brown’s 10-year-old daughter, Amber Gardner, has cerebral palsy and has been in the school’s class for students with severe mental disabilities for five years.

    Brown and other parents were recently told that the class would be dissolved after this school year and that those students would have to attend Erwin Elementary School or A.R. Rucker Middle School next year.

  • City violates FOI in release of report

    The Lancaster Police Department is in violation of the state’s Freedom of Information Act in the way it releases information included on incident reports, according to the S.C. Press Association.

    The Lancaster News began asking questions about how the police department releases information after receiving a few phone calls about an incident report involving City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace.

  • Man accused of growing pot farm inside his home

    A Lancaster man has been charged with manufacturing marijuana after drug officers found what they say was a pot farm in his house on April 21.

    Kristopher Brooks, 36, of 406 N. Woodland Drive, has been charged with manufacturing marijuana and manufacturing marijuana within proximity of a school (Lancaster High School).

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers received a complaint from a resident about possible drug activity at the home.

  • Red Rose Festival brings folks to sizzling downtown

    The shouts and giggles of children could be heard along the sizzling streets of downtown Lancaster on Saturday as the first annual Red Rose Festival got into full swing.

    The smell of yummy festival food, such as ribbon fries, fried pickles and pineapple fritters, wafted through the air.

    Children flocked to the merry-go-round and inflatable bounce house on Main Street, and residents of all ages strolled along Main Street, checking out purses, tie-dyed shirts and a variety of paintings, handmade jewelry and other works of art by local artists.