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  • KVLT director receives fellowship

    Austin Jenkins, executive director of the Katawba Valley Land Trust, has been selected to lead an initiative to help increase local conservation.

    Jenkins is one of 40 people nationwide selected as a 2009 TogetherGreen fellow.

    The fellowship – through a partnership between Toyota and conservation group Audubon – offers specialized training in conservation planning and execution and the chance to work and share practices with conservation professionals.

  • Tree-planting tradition takes root

    A new flowering cherry tree now rests on the lawn near the front entrance at Clinton Elementary School.

    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District gave the tree to the school as a present in conjunction with this year’s Arbor Day celebration, which was Friday.

    Each year the conservation district sponsors a contest for all schools in the county to compete. This year, Clinton Elementary was selected as the winner based on fifth-grade teacher Jessica Wheeler's essay on why the Arbor Day celebration should be held at that school.

  • Woman dies in single-vehicle wreck after attending vigil

    FORT LAWN – A 24-year-old Fort Lawn woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash about 4:30 a.m. Nov.  21 not long after attending a vigil in Lancaster.

    Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said JaQuanda Monique Hammond of 514 Carobrook Apartments, Unit 16, Fort Lawn, died in an accident on Old River Road, off S.C. 9 east in Fort Lawn.

    Tinker said Hammond was traveling north on River Road in a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu when she ran off the shoulder of the road and struck a tree. Her cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma to the head, Tinker said.

  • Council to consider library bonds

    Lancaster County Council will discuss an idea for bonds to help the county’s three library branches at its Monday meeting.

    The county’s library board recently approached Council about adding library bonds on the November 2010 election ballot. County Administrator Steve Willis said the board wants to explore the idea of bonds to help with renovations and expansions at the county’s libraries. This would include renovations at the Kershaw branch, both renovations and expansion at the Lancaster branch and expansion of the meeting room at the Indian Land branch.

  • Just four months after fall, Carpenter making strides

    Bend, slide, straighten – three simple things most people can do with their legs and hips and take for granted.

    But 19-year-old Chase Carpenter isn’t most people.

    He fell down a 90-foot waterfall in July.

    Carpenter worked with his physical therapist, Shannon Houck, at Springs Physical Therapy on Friday morning. He was doing those three things, while holding onto parallel bars.

  • Report shows housing slump

    Ripples from the national recession continue to spread through Lancaster County, as construction of new homes and businesses remains down.

    According to a report from the Catawba Regional Council of Governments, the amount of building permits requested in Lancaster County for both new homes and businesses has decreased.

    Catawba Regional tracks permit trends for single- and multi-family homes and mobile homes, as well as for commercial and industrial properties, in Chester, Lancaster, Union and York counties.

  • Courthouse work on schedule

    Construction crews have made significant progress on the county’s two courthouse projects over the last few weeks.

    Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders said work has been steadily progressing on renovations at the county’s historic courthouse, as well as construction of the county’s new courthouse building. He presented a status update of both projects at Lancaster County Council’s meeting on Monday.

  • School district to benefit from $1.4M federal grant

    Local school officials are looking forward to the positive results that are expected from a federal grant recently awarded to Winthrop University.

    The Lancaster County School District is among several districts in the region that are included in the $1.4 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant that centers on Winthrop.

    The grant, awarded in October, will establish a partnership network connecting high-need  schools, the university and other agencies in an effort to improve student achievement.

  • Church hosts unity event

    The Rev. Richelle Massey-Harris said meditation, prayer and study are key to having a strong relationship with God.

    Those three disciplines were just some of many ideas shared during the first ever Men’s and Women’s Unity Breakfast/Seminar, held Saturday at United Bible Way Church of Lancaster.

    Dr. Kenny Rose, pastor at the church, said the aim was to assemble people who want to make positive changes in their community. Organizers wanted to have guest speakers on hand who could deliver powerful, inspirational messages, he said.

  • Breaking News Officers search for Walgreens robbery suspect

    INDIAN LAND – An assailant armed with a gun and a stopwatch took almost $3,000 worth of prescription medication from the Panhandle's Walgreens store on Tuesday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, a pharmacist told deputies that a man walked up to the pharmacy counter about 8:20 p.m., handed her a letter and told her he had a gun. The pharmacist said the man never pointed the gun at anyone in the store, the report said.