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  • Officials hope to tap stimulus bonds to build natural gas pipeline

    The county has approved a bond resolution that could eventually lead to lower costs for natural gas customers in the county.

    Patriots Energy Group, a public body created by the Natural Gas Authorities of Chester, York and Lancaster counties, recently asked Lancaster County Council to allocate a benefit from the federal stimulus bill to their organization.

    Patriots requested a bond allocation that could help fund its construction of an almost 40-mile natural gas pipeline.

  • Council names panel members

    Lancaster City Council made some changes to its hospitality tax committee last week.

    Council members have sparred recently over which projects to fund with the city’s hospitality tax funds, which are generated by the sale of prepared food and hotel stays in the city limits. The money, by statute, can only be spent on projects that will bring in tourism to the city.

  • ‘High School Musical’ to be staged here

    Disney Channel’s smash hit musical hits the Community Playhouse stage starting this weekend.

    Thirty-five area young people, ages 12 to 20, will sing and dance through class in “High School Musical,” the latest production by the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County.

    Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and July 30 and 31, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 128 Providence Road.

  • 21 cars egged at local apartment complex

    Due to recent shootings at a local restaurant and apartment complex, the Lancaster Police Department had extra officers, including Police Chief Hugh White, patrolling city streets over the weekend.

    There were no shootings reported, but another kind of crime occurred, even with extra officers on watch.

    Residents of Woodhaven Apartments on Colonial Avenue called police late Saturday night to report that their cars had been egged.

    In all, 21 cars at the apartment complex had been hit with eggs, which can damage a car’s paint finish.

  • 105 fans blow at research center

    GREAT FALLS – It’s been a hot summer and many people have been using fans to keep comfortable.

    But in one location, 105 fans were turned on at the same time.

    Dr. Anne Cope, director of research at the Institute for Business and Home Safety, spoke with Chester County Chamber of Commerce members and guests Wednesday about the new institute’s new test center on S.C. 99.

  • Man, 25, shot at Pardue Street Apartments

    A 25-year-old Lancaster man told police that he was shot at Pardue Street Apartments early Tuesday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers responded to the complex at 2:12 a.m. after dispatchers received several calls about gunshots in the area.

    After arriving at the apartments, the victim flagged down officers. He had a gunshot wound to his lower right calf, the report said.

    The man told police that he was behind an apartment in the 700 block and heard several women say, “Who is that?”

  • Council fine tunes priorities list

    County Council wants to fine tune a priorities list before it finalizes it.

    Council recently discussed making changes to a recommended priority list gathered from the U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study.

    The study made recommendations about every thing from public transportation to traffic signals in the area of U.S. 521 from Lancaster north to the state line and from S.C. 9 from the city of Lancaster west to the Catawba River. The study was conducted by URG, an urban and development planning firm.

  • How will county replace road signs?

    County officials are looking at options for replacing thousands of street signs before the county must comply with a federal sign mandate.

    County Administrator Steve Willis recently asked County Council to allocate funds in its 2010-11 budget for replacing signs on streets throughout the county, though council chose to wait until it had further cost information.

  • Two tornadoes confirmed

    It lasted no longer than a minute, but a quick-moving storm that cut a swath through the Buford community toppled trees, blew trailers off their foundations and shook up residents on Monday afternoon.

    The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that two tornadoes swept through Lancaster County, Emergency Management Director Morris Russell said.

    Damage in Buford

    A tornado ripped through the Cannery, Stacks and Rowell Road area about 3 p.m., Russell said. It shook up several residents of a mobile home park off Rowell Road.

  • Fuzzy Zoeller hooks up with Edgewater

    For golf enthusiasts, getting a chance to learn tips from golf pro Fuzzy Zoeller is a dream come true.

    And that’s exactly what Larry Honeycutt had a chance to experience Monday.

    Honeycutt joined more than 160 people for a day of golfing with the former Masters’ winner at the Edgewater Golf Club.

    “This was a fun event for those of us who were there,” said Honeycutt, who represents District 4 on County Council. “Hearing him tell his golf stories, that was great. I’m a golf nut and I had fun there.”