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  • A conservation easement has been donated by Stoneboro Plantation LLC in the Stoneboro area of southern Lancaster County and northern Kershaw County to the Katawba Valley Land Trust.

    The easement totals 564 acres, of which 509 are in Kershaw County.

    The property encompasses the headwaters of Little Beaver Creek, which flows into Beaver Creek and empties into the northern tip of Lake Wateree.

    The upland forests are open and park-like due to the prescribed fire management strategy. The open spaces are full of native grasses and shrubs.

  • Robinson county’s Employee of Quarter

    Lisa Robinson suspected something was up when her coworkers recently took her picture. But she had no idea it would lead her to win as Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter award.

    Robinson, director of human resources for the county, was recently nominated by her coworkers for the honor, but they needed her picture for the ballot. She found out soon after that she had won.

    “I was very honored and very surprised,” Robinson said.

  • Teens face charges after shots fired at vacant Lancaster house

    A call about someone inside a vacant home and shots fired on Central Avenue on Wednesday led to the arrests of several people, including six juveniles.

    According to Lancaster Police Department incident reports, officers arrived at 512 Central Ave. and saw Torey Robert Blackwell, 17, of 1262 Belmont Circle, standing in the front yard.

    When officers turned into the driveway, the report said Blackwell went toward the back of the home, throwing marijuana on the ground.

  • Mule team to plow community garden

    Locals will get the chance to see how plowing was done in the old days with the opening of the Lancaster County Community Garden on Saturday.

    From 10 a.m. to noon, mule teams and draft horses will plow plots near the Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road, beside the soccer fields off Woodland Drive. Free horse and mule wagon rides will also be part of the fun.

    The plots will be used for the community garden, which is being spearheaded by the United Way of Lancaster County.

  • Police reports - May 3, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    - Someone took a Maytag air conditioner and heater and a GE refrigerator from an East Dunlap Street home between 5 p.m. April 25 and 8:30 a.m. April 27.

    The air unit was taken from a kitchen window. The refrigerator had been taken from a back bedroom while the kitchen in the rental home was being remodeled. The appliances are valued at $1,200.

    There were no signs of forced entry at the home. The thief may have gotten into the home through a crawl pace, according to the report.

  • Emergency food and shelter funds available

    Lancaster County has been awarded federal funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009  for the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

    The county will receive $36,817 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. This is in addition to  $81,327 previously awarded to the county.

  • Former city police officer fighting to get her job back

    A former Lancaster police officer is looking to get her job back after reportedly making derogatory racial comments about a coworker last month.

    Sandy Sowell, a corporal who’s worked for the Lancaster Police Department for more than 22 years, was fired March 12 for what she said about Pamela Richardson, an administrative assistant at the police department.

    Sowell filed a grievance with the city March 19.

  • Stamp Out Hunger! food drive is May 9

    On May 9, Lancaster County letter and rural carriers will again help Stamp Out Hunger! across America with your help.  

    Now in its 17th year, the Stamp Out Hunger! effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Last year, letter carriers collected a record 73.1 million pounds of food from postal customers across the nation. This year’s drive will meet a critical need as many of the recently unemployed in Lancaster County have been forced to seek help from local food pantries.

  • Local GOP leaders to convene here Tuesday

    The Lancaster County Republican Party will hold its 2009 Convention  at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Speakers will be local GOP elected officials S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney (D-16), S.C. Rep. Deborah Long (D-45) and District 1 County Council Larry McCullough.

    Karen Floyd, candidate for the state GOP chair, will also attend.

    The 2010 Republican candidates for governor are also expected to attend the convention here.

  • Workshop designed to help owners of small businesses

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, York Technical College and the Small Business Development Center at Winthrop University will sponsor “Listening to Your Business” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room of the chamber office at 453 Colonial Ave.

    Listening to Your Business is a hands-on, facilitated workshop designed to provide entrepreneurs and business managers with the critical evaluation tools and action steps they need to maximize the growth and profitability of their businesses.