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Duke Energy gives $100,000 to Lindsay Pettus Greenway

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The Lindsay Pettus Greenway this week received a $100,000 grant from Duke Energy to help protect and enhance the natural environment along the Gills Creek waterway in Lancaster.
The grant is part of the Water Resources Fund, a $10 million multi-year commitment from Duke.
The greenway is one of 16 organizations across the Carolinas to collectively receive more than $1.2 million in the company’s seventh grant announcement.


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Mayoral forum set for June 18

By Mark Manicone

Candidates running in Lancaster’s mayoral special election will answer questions in a public candidate forum at USC Lancaster on June 18.
Candidates Alston DeVenny, Sara Eddins, Tamara Green Garris and Don Geraghty have confirmed that they will participate. As of press time Friday, James “Butch” Flynn had not.
All five are still active candidates in the July 10 special election to fill the late Mayor John Howard’s remaining term.


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Traveler with disabled car, dead phone finds kind folks a-plenty

By Kayla Vaughn

Linda H. Thompson seriously needed a Good Samaritan on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.
She was traveling through Lancaster when her car broke down on South Main Street, more than an hour away from her Charlotte home. To make matters worse, her cell phone ran out of power about the same time.
A few minutes shy of 5 p.m., the 73-year-old pulled her overheating car into a parking spot at the coroner’s office.
“I was in quite a pickle,” Thompson recalled this week. “I knew I was in pretty bad shape.”


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County picks site for new animal shelter

By Greg Summers

The new animal shelter will be built on county-owned property off Pageland Highway between Lancaster Convalescent Center and Sunshine Road.
“It’s a good site that has very level terrain in the area we’re looking to place the shelter,” said Keck & Wood civil engineer John Gast, who recommended the site during a presentation Tuesday at the Lancaster County Council meeting.
Council approved the site on a 5-0 vote, with council members Brian Carnes and Jack Estridge absent.


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Duke pushing floodwaters down the Catawba chain

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Big snag for Tunnell suit against county

By Greg Summers

Keith Tunnell’s defamation lawsuit against the county and Lancaster County Council members Larry Honeycutt, Charlene McGriff and former councilman Bob Bundy is a big step closer to being dismissed.
Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons ruled verbally from the bench April 30 that he intends to grant a summary judgment in favor of the defendants, meaning the case would not be allowed to go to trial.


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Officials await 11-month-old girl’s autopsy

By Don Worthington

Chesterfield County sheriff’s deputies are again searching a house off Jackson Road outside Chesterfield, seeking clues in the death of an 11-month-old girl.
Breanna Denise Lewis, 19, the child’s mother, is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Detention Center, charged with filing a false police report, desecration or removal of human remains, and tampering with physical evidence. Bond for the three charges is $71,000.
Breanna Lewis was arrested after her story of someone kidnapping her child, Harlee Lane Lewis, started to unravel on Tuesday.


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Norman talks about Parnell, the economy, Russia probe

By Greg Summers

Rep. Ralph Norman on Wednesday discussed the revelations that his Democratic congressional opponent Archie Parnell physically abused his first wife in 1973.
“It’s sad. I feel for his family and for his ex-wife,” Norman said during a meeting with Lancaster News staffers.
“But at the same time, you disclose something like that,” he said. “In politics, your life is an open book…. You disclose that.


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County government annex to open in IL

By Hal Millard

Conducting business with the county is set to get a bit easier for Indian Land residents.
The long-awaited Indian Land Service Center – a satellite office for numerous Lancaster County government functions – is set to open for business June 19, said County Administrator Steve Willis. A ribbon-cutting is slated for June 15.


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Wayward cockatiel Hawkeye back home

By Mark Manicone

To fourth-grade teacher Amy Cogan, the big bird dive-bombing her students outside Harrisburg Elementary School two weeks ago had a familiar shape.
It was a cockatiel, and it landed atop a soccer goal.
“The bird was flying low and swooping down at the kids,” Cogan said. “It obviously wasn’t a wild bird. I got closer and put my hand on the net, and it leapt onto my hand.
“I started talking to it, and it crawled up my arm. It was a pretty neat experience.”


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