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  • Upgrades under way at city’s wastewater plant

    Upgrades to the city of Lancaster’s wastewater- treatment plant are under way.

    City Council was updated at its March 9 meeting about the plans for the plant, which includes the installation of a chemical-feed system to address the phosphorous the plant discharges into the Catawba River. The system will also control the pH levels.

    The city is also converting the plant’s disinfection system from chlorine gas to a safer disinfectant.

  • Native American Studies Week starts Saturday

    There’s plenty opportunity in the next few days to get a healthy sample of Catawba Indian art and culture.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is hosting its fifth annual Native American Studies Week, beginning Saturday with the Native American Festival at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    The festival will be similar to the Yap Ye Iswa (Day of the Catawba) Festival that was held at USCL in November 2007 and 2008.

  • Airport project to begin in April

    Construction crews will begin concrete runway work at the Lancaster County Airport next month.

    The project, which will replace the top portion of the asphalt runway with 7.5 inches of concrete, is intended to strengthen the aging runway and make conditions safer for airplanes.

    The first phase of the project will involve shaving off the surface of the 6,000-foot asphalt runway and then pouring concrete over the remaining asphalt.

    The runway’s concrete work will be done in six separate, narrow bands that extend from each end of the runway.

  • County will have to update its traffic signs

    County officials are developing a plan to address the replacement of thousands of stop, speed limit and street-name signs in Lancaster County.

    In an effort to make roads safer throughout the country, the Federal Highway Administration mandated a few years ago that all traffic signs meet new reflective standards.

    The FHA requires that all traffic signs feature retroreflective properties, which means light from cars bounces off the signs, making them more visible to drivers.

  • City pledges support for proposed 15-county Carolina Thread Trail

    Lancaster City Council is supporting the effort to start a proposed regional nature trail.

    Travis Morehead, community coordinator for the Carolina Thread Trail organization, gave a presentation at City Council’s meeting Tuesday, informing council members on the group’s plan to connect hiking trails, natural greenways and significant historical sites across a 15-county area.

    Landsford Canal State Park, the 40 Acre Rock preserve and Andrew Jackson State Park are among the local attractions expected to be part of the trail.

  • Heath Springs rodeo is Saturday

    HEATH SPRINGS – Bull riding, calf roping and a host of other events will be front and center Saturday at the 14th annual Heath Springs Rodeo.

    The day-long event, which raises money for Heath Springs Elementary School, will be held on Boyd Faile Road, off U.S. 521, behind Smalls Food Center.

    Beginning at 1 p.m., attendees can enjoy barbecue plates, sandwiches, chips, other snacks as well as drinks. Vendors will also be on hand selling cotton candy, funnel cakes and popcorn.

  • Committee: Cop should be rehired

    The city of Lancaster’s employee grievance committee has voted to reinstate a former Lancaster Police Department detective, and finds that the matter points to larger problems within the police department.

    Pat Parsons, a sergeant with the department, was fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18.

    In their complaints, filed in February, Thompson and Truesdale said Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Vandals damage cars, mailboxes on Camp Creek Road

    Several Camp Creek Road residents woke up March 19 and 20 to find their cars had been vandalized and mailboxes stolen overnight.

    One woman reported on March 19 that the windows of her 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier were broken out sometime during the night, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports. Damage was estimated at $200.

  • Woman files complaint against Lancaster police officer

    A Lancaster woman has filed a complaint against a Lancaster Police Department detective for coming to her house to return a letter she had written him.

    The woman said she had mailed letters of support for former Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Pat Parsons, who was fired from the department on March 2, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. Parsons is appealing his termination.

  • Intimidator roller coaster lives up to its name

    The sun was shining through scattered clouds as I stood in line at Carowinds on Friday, the amusement park that straddles the North Carolina/South Carolina border.

    Next to me was our photographer Aaron Morrison, snapping some quick shots of the crowd around us and the several roller coasters nearby that soared into the blue sky.

    But those weren’t the coasters we were interested in.