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  • Interest in veterans parade picks up

    Participation for the Nov. 7 Veterans Day parade has increased considerably over the last few weeks, according to registration numbers.

    Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Officer Linda Blackmon said Wednesday that organizers now have 65 groups or individuals signed up to take part in the parade. Weeks ago, the numbers were only in the 30s, a far cry from expectations.

    “We’re doing good,” Blackmon said about the number of participants thus far. “It’s picked up and it’s still climbing.”

  • Stealth campaign on the radar

    As the number of absentee votes tops 300 in County Council’s special District 2 election, some people are wondering, is someone running a write-in campaign?

    Though the signs point to it, no one has come forward to acknowledge such a write-in campaign.

    Charlene McGriff will be the only candidate on the ballot in the Nov. 3 special election, which is necessary to fill the County Council seat vacated by Fred Thomas this summer. Thomas resigned from council to accept a magistrate’s post.

  • Fann's home to be dedicated today

    VAN WYCK – A little more than four months after a Van Wyck resident found herself homeless, there will be a celebration for the arrival of her new home.

    A new Spirit model mobile home from Clayton Homes of Lancaster rolled onto Rosemary Fann’s rented property in late October, just months after she lost her previous home and was almost forced to live in a tent in her front yard.

    Fann was taken in by her pastor, Jon Morgan, and his wife, Kristine, of Christ Fellowship Community Church, who then helped spearhead several fundraisers for her.

  • Humane Society to dedicate sign Saturday at ceremony

    The Humane Society of Lancaster SC has raised money for a new sign for the Lancaster County Animal Shelter in hopes of raising the visibility of the shelter off Lynwood Drive.

    “Not too many people even know that we have a county-run animal shelter, or if they do, they are not sure of exactly where it is,” said Humane Society president Mary Reimers. “The street sign erected by  the S.C. Department of Transportation is woefully lacking as to size and content.”

  • Boo Fun Fest promises good, safe Halloween tricks, treats

    A fun Halloween event for children is coming along as planned, though organizers say they still need more volunteers.

    The Boo Fun Fest, now a function of See Lancaster SC, gives area youth a Halloween alternative to going door-to-door trick-or-treating.

    The event, from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31, will be held on the City Hall parking lot that faces the Springs House. Activities include a trackless train, various games and opportunities for the children to collect candy in a controlled environment without the potential risks of trick-or-treating door-to-door.

  • City awards $685,000 construction project

    The city of Lancaster is moving forward in its efforts to upgrade its solid waste transfer station.

    City Council voted unanimously Oct. 13 to award the bid for the project to Loveless Commercial Contracting Inc. for $685,662.

    Council also decided to pay $35,750 to W.K. Dickson for administration and part-time oversight of the project.

    The total cost of the project is estimated at $925,000. That cost includes a contingency, which was recommended by city finance director Jim Wilson.

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  • YMCA looking at Indian Land

    INDIAN LAND – Moe Bell wants to find a way to bring the YMCA to the Panhandle.

    Bell, chief executive officer of the Upper Palmetto YMCA, has been closely watching the rapid growth of Indian Land, from its expansive housing developments to its commercial and retail centers. With all the progress the area has made over the last few years, Bell says it’s time the YMCA set up shop in Indian Land.

  • Teens arrested after fight at American Legion building

    Seven teenagers were arrested after a fight at a party at the American Legion building on Oct. 10.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, an officer went to the American Legion building shortly after midnight Oct. 10 to walk through the building.

    A woman hosting a dance there said she did not want the police there, that Crime Prevention, a private company, was working security at the dance.

  • See Lancaster to unveil ornament

    See Lancaster SC and the city of Lancaster are pleased to announce the unveiling of the 10th series of the Lancaster Christmas Ornament.

    See Lancaster is hosting the event at its offices at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., from  5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday to unveil the new ornament.

    The first ornament in the series was released in 2000. Each year, the ornaments feature one of Lancaster County’s historic places.

  • Breaking NewsMcGriff wins District 2 seat

    Charlene McGriff easily won the District 2 County Council race Tuesday.

    McGriff received 397 votes to 183 write-in votes for Blondale Funderburk, according to unofficial totals in the special election.

    All but 21 of the write-in votes for Funderburk came from absentee ballots.

    It had been known for weeks that there was probably a write-in candidate in the race, but it wasn’t known who the candidate was.