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  • Rare lilies in bloom for Lilyfest

    CATAWBA – One local naturalist encourages residents to come out to the annual Lilyfest on Sunday to view a natural phenomenon.

    Lilyfest, held each year at Landsford Canal State Park, celebrates the peak bloom of the rare rocky shoals spider lily. The lily only blooms in a few places and is listed as a federal species of concern.

    Lilyfest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Those attending may walk a three-quarters of a mile to an overlook where they may view the lilies in bloom – a blanket of white in the Catawba River.

  • SPEND $20 ON 20th

    For just one crisp $20 bill, Lancaster shoppers will have the chance to enjoy discounts on a wide variety of items during the Spend $20 on the 20th event.

    The event, which promotes spending money at local businesses on May 20 to help stimulate the local economy, involves a broad spectrum of businesses in Lancaster County. The list includes several restaurants, home improvement stores, gas stations and clothing and apparel stores. Participating businesses also receive a discount to run their advertisements in The Lancaster News, with ads only costing $20.

  • News staff wins 11 awards in LCNI contest

    The Lancaster News staffers garnered 11 awards from the annual writing and design contest held by its parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

    Employees won a variety of awards, from sports writing, news reporting and page design. The contest was judged by The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Va.

    Here’s a rundown of the awards and what the judges said about the entries:

  • Police reports - May 20, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    - A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after an officer saw him stumble into the street May 16.

    Randy Kirkland, 50, 412 Kershaw St., was charged with public drunkenness, littering and resisting arrest.

    The report said the officer was leaving an unrelated call when he saw Kirkland stumble in the street in the area of Dunlap Street and Willowlake Road. The officer got out of his car and saw Kirkland pour out the contents of a cup, throw the cup in the street and walk away quickly.

  • Bench to guide AJ football

    Robert Howey

    rhowey@thelancasternews.com

    KERSHAW – A small-town atmosphere and a football program with “a ton of potential” are key factors that attracted Andrew Jackson High School’s new head football coach, Elmer Bench.

    Bench, a Manning native, was named the Volunteers’ 10th head football coach Friday when he was approved by the Lancaster County school board upon recommendation by AJ Principal Mary Barry.

  • Council could table park plans

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    County Council will vote on tabling an ordinance to relocate Indian Land’s Roy Hardin Park at Monday’s meeting.

    After a review of the property, council realized there is a deed restriction on the park as a result of it being purchased using federal grant money.

  • Overcash discusses park plans with IL Action Council

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    The future plans of Indian Land’s parks and recreation center were the main topics at Thursday’s meeting of the Indian Land Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

  • 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.