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  • Police reports - May 24, 2009

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    - Electronics and other household items were stolen from an Old Camden Road home in Heath Springs between 7:45 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. May 18.

    The report said someone broke in the front door, causing $100 in damage.

  • Economy death knell for LIFT

    A nonprofit agency that has helped those with behavior health problems get an education is dissolving due to the economy.

    LIFT, which stood for Learning Institute for Tomorrow, has been in existence for five years, offering adult education to those recovering from the effects of mental illness or substance abuse.

    LIFT’s aim was to help those people lead more rewarding and fulfilling lives.

  • District to slash some jobs

    A few dozen teaching positions will be eliminated as part of the Lancaster County School District’s proposed budget for 2009-10.

    District personnel and the school board discussed the planned $76.2 million budget Tuesday. The board will adopt the budget next month.

    Due to the weak economy and a decrease in state funding, district Finance Director Tony Walker said more than 30 teacher or guidance counselor positions have been cut for next year.

  • $20 on 20th promotion a hit here

    The minute Gizella Meyer opened her newspaper Wednesday morning, she knew how she was spending her day.

    With her family in tow, Meyer traveled for lunch at one of her favorite restaurants, Wagz and Wishes at 126 S. Main St.

    There, her family enjoyed the special of the day, three sandwiches and drinks for just $20.

    The deal was one of many throughout Lancaster County on Wednesday, as businesses participated in the Spend $20 on May 20 promotion.

  • Local utility celebrating its 50th anniversary Friday

    The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District is celebrating its 50th anniversary and wants to celebrate it with its customers.

    The utility is holding a celebration from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, at the Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road.

    Three speakers will cover the history of the utility, and the accomplishments over the last 50 years. Past and present district commissioners will also be recognized.

    Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with barbecue and hot dogs on the menu.

  • Aiming high for astronaut

    Passing out copies to Lancaster County Council of a rendering he had commissioned of local astronaut Charles Duke, John Griffin fondly recounted why he believes his hometown hero deserves a monument in the city.

    Griffin, a Lancaster resident and former English professor at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, approached council members on April 27 hoping to persuade them to construct a statue of Duke in front of the soon-to-be-built county courthouse.

  • Breaking News Hand grenade found at construction site detonated

    Fire in the hole.

    It's not a phrase often heard over police radio, but Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Brenner Hartley said it Thursday afternoon.

    An employee of B&B Construction, which is working at the site of the new ALDI grocery store off U.S. 521 at the Lancaster city limits, noticed something strange while crews were graded the site.

    He called police when he realized that a crew had unearthed a hand grenade, Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said.

  • Great Falls woman dies after fall from spillway

    GREAT FALLS – A 20-year-old mother died Saturday between 6:30 and 7 p.m. after falling from the dam off Spillway Street in Great Falls.

    Leila Brendell Gaston, 20, of 36 Pine St., Great Falls, was with two other people when the accident happened, said Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker.

    Tinker said Gaston and a man were trying to cross the spillway on Duke Energy property when both fell onto the rocky area below.

    Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary autopsy results indicate that drowning was the cause of death, Tinker said.

  • County Council gives second OK to $31 million budget

    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved second reading of the county’s 2009-10 budget on Monday night.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the proposed budget has not changed since first reading. Willis calls this a “continuation budget” because it will remain fairly static with the previous year’s budget. This means there will be no pay raises, but also no furloughs or layoffs.

    Last week, Willis presented council with several options for cuts that could be made, if the budget needs adjusting.

  • Eddins sponsors forum on switch to digital

    Is your television ready for the big switch? On June 12, all full-power television stations in the United States will cease analog transmission and broadcast only in digital.

    That means consumers who use an antenna to get free, over-the-air programming could lose their signals if their TV isn’t made digital-ready.

    An official from the Federal Communications Commission, along with a Comporium Communications representative, will be at Lancaster City Hall on Tuesday for an informational seminar about the switch to digital.