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  • Block party is Saturday

    Clothing, school supplies and inspirational messages are promised to those who come out to South Side Park on Saturday.

    The second annual Bonnies Outreach Ministries Block Party will be held there from 2 to 8 p.m. The park is located on Conner Street in Lancaster.

    Everyone is invited to the event, which will give youth a chance to receive pencils, paper and others items needed for the start of school next month.

    Inflatable games, a bike showcase, gospel singing and spoken word performances will also be part of the event.

  • County enacts one-year moratorium on billboards

    County Council gave approval Monday to an ordinance that places a moratorium on new billboards in the county.

    Council unanimously approved first reading of the ordinance. It requires two more readings to be finalized.

    However, County Attorney Mike Ey said because of the nature of the ordinance, the county’s planning department may begin enforcing the moratorium immediately.

    The moratorium halts the issuance of permits for billboards along the S.C. 9 Bypass and U.S. 521 for at least one year.

  • Filing ends in District 2 council race

    Filing for the vacant Lancaster County Council District 2 seat closed at noon Monday, with two candidates filing.

    Charlene McGriff, chairwoman of the Lancaster County school board, and local business owner Blondale Funderburk are seeking the seat.

    McGriff, who has served on the school board for more than 15 years, is the executive director of Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault.

    Lancaster native Funderburk was a director of Communities in Schools in the early 1990s and has worked with the Michael Blackmon Foundation since 1997.

  • Man pleads in motorcyclist's death

    A Lancaster man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash last summer apologized to the victim’s family in court Monday.

    Marqevius Deandre Hood pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

    Hood was speeding away from Lancaster Police Department officers on Aug. 20, 2008, when he lost control of the Lincoln he was driving and rear-ended a motorcycle driven by John Haver, 68, said Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

  • Mom: Swine flu in county

    Lancaster County resident Danielle Massey said she was shocked when her 6-month-old son, Zayne, was diagnosed with swine flu, or the H1N1 influenza.

    Massey said she noticed Zayne had been running a fever all night long on July 19. The next day, she took him to the doctor for his 6-months shots.

    That following Wednesday, after lab tests, it was confirmed that Zayne had the swine flu, Massey said.

  • Charlotte man dies in bike wreck

    A Charlotte man was killed when he ran off the road on his motorcycle and hit a guardrail on U.S. 521 on Saturday.

    William Desch, 55, was pronounced dead on arrival at Springs Memorial Hospital by Deputy Coroner Shannon Evans, who said Desch died of blunt force trauma.

    The crash happened about 12 miles north of Lancaster. S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said Desch was headed north on U.S. 521 on a 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle about 9:35 a.m. when he ran off the right side of the road and hit a guardrail.

  • Camp draws young and not so young

    After two weeks of hard work, Raquel Barros looked proudly at her artistic accomplishments.

    At one end of the classroom at Lancaster High School sat two paper mache masks she sculpted. At her desk, she was putting the finishing touches on a beach scene she had painted with acrylics.

    These different artistic styles were just some of the techniques Barros and other students learned at the Lancaster Summer Institute of Art program.

    The program began July 13 and ended Thursday.

  • Council supports proposal to build war memorial in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – A Heath Springs man is leading the charge to build a war memorial in Lancaster County’s smallest incorporated town.

    David Williams presented a proposal to Heath Springs Town Council on Tuesday night. He said a war memorial honoring all branches of the military could be built where the old water tower was recently torn down.

    “Nothing is carved in stone, but let me give you some of the details,” Williams told council members.

  • 2 face charges in unrelated assaults

    Two people have been arrested in connection with unrelated assaults on Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Shawn Pearson, 33, of 6514 Carolina St., Kershaw, has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.

    The report said a Kershaw deputy was approached by a man who said that someone had been stabbed repeatedly at a Carolina Street home about 6 p.m. The deputy went to the home, where Pearson lives, and found the 27-year-old man lying in a pool of blood.

  • City tweaks application for hospitality tax grants

    Lancaster City Council has made some adjustments to its application and process for handling grants requests for hospitality tax funding.

    A specially appointed committee will now meet quarterly – instead of once a year as it had before – to review applications and make recommendations to council.

    An organization can only be approved once per fiscal year for hospitality tax funding, and the most the city will award to a group is 50 percent of the total cost of the function or project.

    That amount of funding awarded will not exceed $25,000.