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Today's News

  • Council drops plan to change cell phone tower regulations

    In recent meetings, County Council debated whether cell towers in the county are built too close to neighborhoods and whether the public should have a say before new cell phone towers are approved for construction.

    On Monday, council dropped the issue after hearing proposed revisions to the county’s cell tower regulations from County Planning Director Chris Karres.

  • Early voting high in uncontested race

    An unusually high number of absentee ballots have been requested for the upcoming County Council District 2 special election, an election official says.

    Cassie Stump, director of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission, said there have already been 282 requests for applications for absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 race. She said this is an unusually high number, especially because District 2 has less than 4,000 registered voters and since this is an uncontested race.

  • Firm seeks to build incinerator

    FORT LAWN – An incinerator company that turns waste into electricity is eying a site in Chester County, but needs two county boards to approve zoning changes to allow it to operate.

    Covanta Energy intends to buy 100 acres in the L&C Railroad’s “L” track, west of the town of Fort Lawn and next to Mount Ararat AME Zion Church. The company is planning to invest $300 million to $500 million in a plant and hire as many as 50 people.

  • AJ, IL bands to compete in state finals

    The marching bands from Andrew Jackson High and Indian Land High schools will each vie for state championships on Saturday.  

    AJ’s Volunteer Regiment will compete for the Class 2A state title at Batesburg-Leesville High School just outside Columbia.

    The Indian Land marching band will vie for the Class 1A title at Woodmont High School in Piedmont.

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    The Volunteer Regiment earned a berth to the state finals after finishing fifth in the 2A Upper State preliminaries last weekend in Boiling Springs.

  • IL, AJ high bands compete in state finals

    The marching bands at Indian Land High and Andrew Jackson High schools placed sixth and 12th, respectively, at their state finals competitions on Oct. 31.

    Indian Land High’s show theme this year featured a mixture of different music styles and was called “Danse.”

    Director Mathew Willis said the band ended the season at state finals with a strong performance.

  • City votes on police fitness policy

    Lancaster police officers will be held to the physical standards that were initially suggested in a policy proposal earlier this year.

    Lancaster City Council voted 3-4 against a motion to accept a revised version of the Lancaster Police Department’s Physical Abilities Test.

    Last year, Police Chief Hugh White was allowed to begin implementing the testing program, which had been set to take effect this July. But before that effective date, council members Tamara Green and Kenny Hood asked for the policy to be revised.

  • Faile makes presentation at national sheriff's conference

    Sheriff Barry Faile recently told 24 sheriffs from across the nation about his agency’s initiative to create an information database with York County and nine North Carolina counties around Charlotte.

    Faile attended the 97th session of the National Sheriff’s Institute, sponsored by the National Sheriffs Association and National Institute of Corrections, from Sept. 20-26 in Longmont, Colo. The training and travel costs are free to attending sheriffs.

  • Dingler shares love of reading

    To Karen Dingler, nouns, verbs and adjectives are more than just words.

    They’re ingredients that allow you to go from one place to another – opening up a world you’ve never seen before.

    Dingler tries to share that passion with her students in hopes they’ll become lifelong readers. And, apparently, she’s doing a good job.

    Dingler, an English teacher at Buford Middle School, is the districtwide winner of the 2009 Celebrate Great Teaching award. It’s the highest honor the Lancaster County School District gives to its educators.

  • Meteorologist visits Erwin Elementary fourth-graders

    Enter Kelly Franson’s world – one made up of ever-changing forecasts and weather instruments many people can’t pronounce.

    Franson, a meteorologist with WBTV channel 3 in Charlotte, visited Erwin Elementary School on Oct. 14, when she talked to fourth-graders about her career in weather.

    An Idaho native, Franson has been working at WBTV for about two years. Before then, she had worked at two TV stations in her home state.  

  • New transportation service now rolling

    Blue and green are the colors now officially linked to a new avenue for transportation in the county.

    The Lancaster Area Ride Service, or LARS – which has been in the works for four years – had its unveiling Tuesday morning at the County Administration Building.

    LARS will transport non-Medicaid recipients to appointments to licensed physicians and other providers in Lancaster County and beyond. The service is available to people of all ages, with fares as low as $2.