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  • 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.

  • City gives first reading to rezoning

    Lancaster City Council got a chance to listen to a presentation about housing plans at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on May 12. And judging by its action, council members liked what they saw.

    Council voted unanimously on first reading to rezone property at Hubbard Drive and Brook Drive for the first residence halls at USCL.

    The land, about 16 acres, is now zoned B-2 (neighborhood commercial), but if the ordinance passes two readings, it will become MF (multi-family).

  • Kershaw Spring-A-Thon set for this weekend

    KERSHAW – Kershaw’s annual Spring-A-Thon is celebrating its 30th anniversary this weekend.

    Organized by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, the festival kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. with Kershaw Legends and gospel music.

    The Legends performance includes impersonations of such acts as Loretta Lynn, the Beach Boys and Dixie Chicks. Vendors will be selling food, and several churches will also be giving away some food, said organizer Sheila Hinson.

  • SPEND $20 ON 20th

    Don’t let that $20 bill burn a hole in your pocket – spend it wisely at local businesses today that are offering specials on products and services as part of a special promotion.

    The list of participating businesses includes several restaurants, home improvement stores, gas stations and clothing and apparel stores. Participating businesses have received a discount to run their advertisements in The Lancaster News, with ads costing between $20 and $40.

  • Jacket fever running high in Buford

    The talk in the Buford community is about how well the girls softball team at Buford High is performing now.

    The Lady Jackets team is one win away from clinching its first-ever state championship in softball. Some of the biggest team supporters will tell you that the fever is at an all-time high.

    Special maroon and gold banners line the walls at Buford High, where students and faculty chat endlessly about their softball team, said school bookkeeper Earline Bowers.

    She hopes the widespread support will propel the Lady Jackets to the state championship.