Today's News

  • County Council to prioritize road projects

    Lancaster County Council will prioritize several potential road projects at its meeting Monday.

    The projects could be completed through the Catawba Regional Council of Government’s Transportation Improvement Program.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said council will discuss proposed projects such as the Dave Lyle Boulevard extension project, the widening of S.C. 160 and intersections on U.S. 521.

  • City adopts ID-theft policy

    Lancaster City Council has adopted a policy that outlines its procedures to prevent and address identity theft.

    City Council voted 6-0 on April 22 to adopt the policy, which stems form the Identity Theft Red Flags Rule. Councilman John Howard was absent from the meeting.

    “This is something we’ve tried to do all along,” said Teresa Meeks, the city’s support services director.

    The policy complies with the Federal Trade Commission’s requirement for creditors that hold consumer accounts.

  • Water tower moniker too small?

    INDIAN LAND – After months of discussion between residents and county officials, Mary Ann Brainard expected to see her community’s name in big letters on a water tower near her Indian Land home.

    Instead, she says the freshly painted words “Indian Land” are barely visible.

    The tower, near her Legacy Park neighborhood, was recently painted to include the initials for the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District in big blue letters on two sides.

  • Sporting clay benefit shoot aims to benefit Jody Miles

    A sporting clay benefit shoot is aimed at supporting Jody Miles on May 16.

    Miles, director of Christian Services in Lancaster, is seeking to get on the liver transplant list and the shoot is held in an effort to help her reach the goal.

    The benefit shoot will be held at Meadow Wood Farm, an 800-acre private hunting preserve, which has 400 acres in Lancaster County and 400 acres in Union County, N.C.

    Meadow Wood Farm hosts sporting clay fundraisers.

  • A conservation easement has been donated by Stoneboro Plantation LLC in the Stoneboro area of southern Lancaster County and northern Kershaw County to the Katawba Valley Land Trust.

    The easement totals 564 acres, of which 509 are in Kershaw County.

    The property encompasses the headwaters of Little Beaver Creek, which flows into Beaver Creek and empties into the northern tip of Lake Wateree.

    The upland forests are open and park-like due to the prescribed fire management strategy. The open spaces are full of native grasses and shrubs.

  • Robinson county’s Employee of Quarter

    Lisa Robinson suspected something was up when her coworkers recently took her picture. But she had no idea it would lead her to win as Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter award.

    Robinson, director of human resources for the county, was recently nominated by her coworkers for the honor, but they needed her picture for the ballot. She found out soon after that she had won.

    “I was very honored and very surprised,” Robinson said.

  • Mama's fed up with Blue Mondays

    I guess it was a Monday when the lady of the cave decided it was time to wash out the family hides.

    Years ago, it was called “Blue Monday,” not because washing clothes without a washing machine was depressing, but because of a bluing agent used in the rising water.

    Blue Monday still lingers in some households, but the advent of modern washers and dryers has made every day a potential wash day.

    Well, it wasn’t always that way.

    When I was a small boy, Mama didn’t have a washing machine, not even the old wringer kind.

  • Teens face charges after shots fired at vacant Lancaster house

    A call about someone inside a vacant home and shots fired on Central Avenue on Wednesday led to the arrests of several people, including six juveniles.

    According to Lancaster Police Department incident reports, officers arrived at 512 Central Ave. and saw Torey Robert Blackwell, 17, of 1262 Belmont Circle, standing in the front yard.

    When officers turned into the driveway, the report said Blackwell went toward the back of the home, throwing marijuana on the ground.

  • Mule team to plow community garden

    Locals will get the chance to see how plowing was done in the old days with the opening of the Lancaster County Community Garden on Saturday.

    From 10 a.m. to noon, mule teams and draft horses will plow plots near the Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road, beside the soccer fields off Woodland Drive. Free horse and mule wagon rides will also be part of the fun.

    The plots will be used for the community garden, which is being spearheaded by the United Way of Lancaster County.

  • Police reports - May 3, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    - Someone took a Maytag air conditioner and heater and a GE refrigerator from an East Dunlap Street home between 5 p.m. April 25 and 8:30 a.m. April 27.

    The air unit was taken from a kitchen window. The refrigerator had been taken from a back bedroom while the kitchen in the rental home was being remodeled. The appliances are valued at $1,200.

    There were no signs of forced entry at the home. The thief may have gotten into the home through a crawl pace, according to the report.