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  • Prize categories encourage parade entries to get creative

    Residents participating in this year’s Lancaster Christmas parade will have a chance to win a variety of awards.

    Carrie Miller, event coordinator for See Lancaster, said the parade’s organizing committee has announced four categories for this year’s parade, scheduled for Dec. 13. The categories are: best use of lighting, best overall entry, most entertaining walking group and best float.

    A team of three judges will select the winners. The winners will each win an engraved plaque, a certificate and $50.

  • Banners to bring arts downtown

    Lancaster residents will soon see their artwork up in lights.

    As part of a banner design contest spearheaded by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, more than 80 lucky winners will see their art showcased on Main Street lamp posts.

    The winners will be chosen in January from residents who submit their designs to the arts council. Participants must base their image on the theme “Creativity: The Choice of Our Community,” and each design must be made with bold lines and an image that can be seen easily from the street.

  • Barfield: IL case should be closed

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield has recommended that a case be closed regarding allegations of misappropriated funds at Indian Land High School that date back to 1999.  Earlier this month, Barfield gave a four-page report to the State Law Enforcement Division about his conclusion on the case involving a former admini

  • Council to consider $200,000 advance to PV fire department

    County Council could advance the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department $200,000 to buy land for its new fire station.

    The fire department has been looking for suitable land to build a new station, because the S.C. 160 widening project will eventually take the fire department’s existing station on the highway.

    Merrifield Partners offered a different parcel of land on S.C. 160, but the fire department said it wouldn’t be suitable due to a deep gully.

  • Police reports – Nov. 23, 2008

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – Robert Deon Montgomery, 19, 803 E. Arch St., was charged Wednesday with simple possession of marijuana and driving under suspension – third offense.

    An officer stopped the black Honda Civic that Montgomery was driving because the tag light was out, the report said.

    Montgomery, whose license is suspended, had a bag of marijuana in his jacket pocket, the report said.

    – James Frank Copeland, 46, 1009 E. Arch St., was charged Tuesday with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Group celebrates 20 years of giving

    A large group of guests gathered at the Springs House on Tuesday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

  • School district hit with state budget cuts

    The Lancaster County School District is bracing itself for what appears to be a continuing gloomy economic trend.

    District Finance Director Tony Walker presented the school board Tuesday night with information on the most recent state funding cut, the second since the board approved its 2008-09 budget.

    In September, the district lost $909,475 from the state that was designated for salaries and other operations costs. The district, though, recently brought in an extra $1.2 million in local property taxes that offset the cut, Walker said.

  • Expect more officers on roads over Thanksgiving

    Expect additional law officers on the road this week, all in an attempt to ensure more highway safety during the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The official holiday period begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday and runs through Nov. 30.  

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol said the agency will be running several operations during the period, including radar speed detection and seat-belt- and speed-enforcement teams.

    The Highway Patrol has a DUI saturation team, in which troopers from other counties will be in Lancaster County to target drunk driving.

  • Sign up now for Christmas parade

    The city of Lancaster and See Lancaster are aiming to make the 2008 Lancaster Christmas Parade one to remember with a variety of commercial and homemade floats, walking groups, beauty queens, bands and vintage vehicles. 

    The parade begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. 

  • Some advice on how to save money

     

    Sam Mullis always had an interest in his finances.

    Mullis, 43, a teacher at Lancaster High School, used to be diligent about saving his money and investing in his 401(k).