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  • Chrysler cuts Lancaster dealership

    Jenny Arnold

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    Lancaster County will lose one of its new-car dealerships as auto companies cut out sellers to cut costs. Lancaster Dodge Chrysler Jeep is set to have its contract terminated as part of Chrysler’s bankruptcy restructuring.

    The dealership learned of the company’s decision on Thursday.

    Lancaster Dodge Chrysler Jeep owner David McKinney said customers have been stopping by the past two days to talk with employees and ask questions.

  • City awards funding to two projects

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    The Rev. Wayne Murray says he is perplexed regarding the amount of money City Council awarded Hope on the Hill on Tuesday.

    Hope on the Hill, a local youth-serving organization, is renovating the old Barr Street School and had asked for $500,000 from the city’s hospitality tax grant fund.

  • Church to celebrate 125th anniversary

    Betty Broome

    Special to The Lancaster News

    Van Wyck Presbyterian Church will observe its 125th anniversary Sunday, when it will also dedicate its new fellowship hall and have homecoming.

    The day begins at 10 a.m. with a reception in the fellowship hall, followed by a worship service at 10:50 a.m. with former ministers Dr. Barry Lambert and Dr. Gene Lassiter, current minister the Rev. Randy McSpadden, Dr. Mark Verdery of Providence Presbytery, Dr. William Nisbet and Terry Graham.

  • Evans provides cameras for school

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    All of the kindergarten teachers at North Elementary School will soon add another piece of valuable technology to the classroom.

    Patrick Kania, general manager for Evans Petroleum, presented the school’s kindergarten teachers Tuesday afternoon with a $5,000 check that will be used to buy document cameras for the SMARTboard interactive white boards.

    The document cameras, which cost about $800 apiece, allow objects or information to be projected on the white boards for the whole classroom to easily see.

  • County Council going green

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    Tired of massive packets of paper and concerned about their effect on the environment, Lancaster County Council has figured out a way to “go green.”

    New council members Larry McCullough and Kathy Sistare began discussing ways council could be more environmentally friendly soon after assuming their new roles in January.

    The biggest problem, they decided, was what to do with the increasingly large council packets distributed to each member.

  • ArtFest set for May 22, 23

    Jenny Arnold

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is planning a two-day art event called ArtFest for May 22 and 23.

    The event will kick off with the ever-popular art draw on May 22, in which art lovers have the chance to win original pottery, paintings, gift baskets, handmade jewelry and other items.

    The art draw begins at 5:30 p.m. at the LCCA gallery at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St.

  • Lancaster man charged with kidnapping

    By Jenny Arnold

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    A Lancaster man has been charged with kidnapping after a woman told police she was afraid to leave her apartment.

    Leon Lee White, 45, 1802 Pardue St., has also been charged with second-offense criminal domestic violence.

  • Man injured in accident

    Jenny Arnold

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    INDIAN LAND – A Lancaster man was flown to a Charlotte hospital after his car ran off U.S. 521 near S.C. 75 and hit the railroad tracks.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Chris Caldwell said Brian Ely Sr., 60, 5090 Old Hickory Road, was headed south on U.S. 521 in a 2006 Suzuki about 1:50 p.m. Sunday.

    He ran off the road onto a median, hit a guardrail and ran down an embankment.

  • City plans wastewater plant upgrades

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    The city of Lancaster hopes to make various infrastructural upgrades through state loans and federal stimulus money.

    Two of the top projects affect the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

    Officials want to convert the disinfection system at the wastewater treatment plant from chlorine gas to a safer disinfectant.

    They also plan to install a chemical feed system to address the phosphorous the plant discharges into the Catawba River, city administrator Helen Sowell said.

  • Woodworkers present sign to fire department

    INDIAN LAND – A new sign now hangs at the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department.

    Constructed and painted by the Woodworker’s Guild at Sun City Carolina Lakes, the 4.5-foot-wide and 3-foot-tall sign replaces the department’s old sign, which had faded. The sign, which reads Indian Land Fire Department, Station 10, was presented to the department on April 30. It will be placed on the exterior of the building.