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  • First Red Rose Festival set

    A spring weekend will feature games for children, live music, crafts and plenty of food, while fostering a greater feeling of community pride.

    Staff with the city of Lancaster say those are the aims of the first-ever Red Rose Festival, which is being planned for May 7 and 8.

    The event is being billed as the city’s signature event.

    On Tuesday, City Council voted unanimously to allocate $30,000 toward the festival.

  • Will remote-controlled airplanes take off at old landfill?

    Standing near his favorite remote-controlled airplane at County Council’s chambers, Jeff Petroski discussed an idea for bringing his favorite hobby to others.

    Petroski, a remote control airplane enthusiast and owner of a radio-controlled, or RC, business, spoke to council Jan. 4 about using the county’s old landfill on Lynwood Drive for RC fliers.

  • Weather delays ALDI store opening to Feb. 4

    The opening date for the new ADLI store has been pushed back a few weeks.

    The grocery chain will open in its Lancaster location Feb. 4. Weather-related delays have caused the opening to be moved from its original date, said ALDI spokeswoman Martha Swaney.

    The store was originally set to open today.

    The unusually cold and wet weather of the last two months have resulted in the setbacks.

    “Minor delays – nothing out of the ordinary,” Swaney said. “Sometimes there are factors beyond your control.”

  • Autopsy fails to determine how motorist died

    An autopsy failed to show whether a Jefferson man killed on S.C. 903 died because he was ejected from his car or hit by another vehicle on Jan. 7.

    Scottie Privette, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11 p.m. crash by Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris. Morris said Privette died of head, neck and chest injuries.

  • School district leaders discuss goals for 2010

    In the midst of budget cuts and a down economy, Lancaster County School District officials reflect on 2009 while looking forward to what lies ahead in the new year.

    School board chairman Bobby Parker said the top priority of the year will be determining how to handle budget cuts handed down by the state. The district has already been hit with two cuts so far this school year – the most recent a 5 percent reduction.

  • City wants more police cadets and reserve officers

    The Lancaster Police Department is offering teens and adults the chance to try out law enforcement as a career before making a full-time commitment to the job.

    The department is looking to increase its ranks of police Explorers, or cadets, and reserve police officers.

    The Explorers program, chartered through the Boy Scouts of America, is open to 14- to 21-year-olds. The police department’s program is entering its 22nd year.

  • Former Panther to speak at MLK breakfast event

    A former professional football player is headlining a local Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Monday.

    Mike Minter, who played 10 years with the Carolina Panthers, will be the keynote speaker at the ninth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Scholarship Breakfast, set for 8 a.m. Monday at the Fairway Room, 1821 Springs Club Road.

    The event is themed “A Day with a Dreamer Whose Dream Became a Reality.”

  • Reserve your seat for chamber's 54th annual meeting

    The 54th annual meeting of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Jan. 28 and will include new features. It will begin at 6 p.m. at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club, with a reception preceding the dinner meeting.

  • County looks at capital plan

    Lancaster County Council has begun collecting information for its long-range capital-improvement plan.

    Council discussed its previous and upcoming plans at its Jan. 4 meeting. The capital-improvement plan, which lists priorities for capital projects and purchases in the county over the next few years, was last revised in 2006 and planned through 2011.

    With a comprehensive county plan also due this year, council has begun compiling information for its new capital-improvement plan.

  • Founders' new headquarters should be finished earlier than expected

    Founders Federal Credit Union’s new headquarters in Lancaster will be up and running sooner than what officials with the institution had expected.

    Work on the three-level building at Gillsbrook and Plantation roads is moving ahead of schedule, as all the employees should be moved in by the end of June, spokeswoman Nicki Nash said.

    The building’s basic framework has been up for a while. Crews are now painting, working on molding and installing audio and video connections, among other detailed tasks.