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  • 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.

  • 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.