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  • Organizers: Red Rose Festival a success

    The musical acts wowed the crowd, vendors were successful and the weather was beautiful.

    Organizers say things went according to plan for the inaugural Red Rose Festival, which was this past weekend in downtown Lancaster.

    The festival, held Friday evening and most of Saturday, featured a strong helping of entertainment, including bands Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, which headlined, and Nantucket, which drew the largest crowd Saturday.

    There were many local and out-of-town vendors in attendance, selling food and a wide array of arts and crafts.

  • Fashion show raises $8,500 for children’s home

    Local models catwalked on the runway in fashions from local stores for a good cause on Saturday night.

    The Lancaster Children’s Home and Indian Land Rotary Club sponsored Southern Starry Nights, a charity fashion show, held Saturday night at the Artisans Center on Main Street in Lancaster.

    Guests received dinner, with entertainment provided by local attorney and singer Mitch Norrell. A silent auction and cocktail hour started off the evening.

    Clothing, ranging from casual to formal wear, was provided by Hi Lites, Belk and CB’s Ltd.

  • Chamber launches membership drive

    It’s a building campaign – complete with hard hats and a bulldozer – but without red bricks and concrete. The name says it all: “Building a Better Business Community – One Member at a Time!”  It is a two-week construction effort of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce in pursuit of a stronger organization representing the local business community.

  • 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.