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Soul Food Cook-Off draws a huge crowd

Serving up soul

By The Staff

There were long lines for lunch Tuesday as USC Lancaster hosted its eighth-annual Soul Food Cook-Off, a fundraiser for the Thelathia Barnes Bailey Textbook Scholarship.
Bailey, founder of the event and TRIO director at USC Lancaster, passed away in 2016.


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Truck hits hydrant, shuts down courthouse

By Kayla Vaughn

The Lancaster County Courthouse was shut down for most of Tuesday afternoon after a large commercial truck hit a fire hydrant on Catawba Street and cut off the building’s water supply.
According to Police Chief Scott Grant, the truck turned too sharply from West Meeting Street onto Catawba Street, came over the curb and knocked down the hydrant.


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‘Lucky Dog’ episode taped here last fall airs Saturday morning

Lancaster, it’s time for your close-up!

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster and one of its corporate anchors will bask in some heartwarming national TV exposure Saturday morning, as the “Lucky Dog” episode taped here last fall is broadcast on CBS.
Nutramax Laboratories, sponsor of the Emmy-winning program, will hold an invitation-only watch party at the Springs House during the 10 a.m. airing. Guests will include company executives, local officials and animal-rescue groups.


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County crime stats improve overall in ’17

By Reece Murphy

Crime was down overall in Lancaster County between 2016 and 2017, with several categories falling to a 10-year low, according to Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.
According to crime statistics released Monday, Type 1 crimes, which include both violent crimes and property crimes, fell 6 percent overall in 2017.
The total number of violent crimes – murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults – fell 5 percent. Property crimes, which include, larcenies, auto break-ins and motor vehicle thefts, decreased 7 percent.


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Howard out of ICU, still improving, family says

By Mark Manicone

Lancaster Mayor John Howard has moved out of the intensive care unit at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte as his condition continues to improve.
He is in the hospital’s progressive-care unit, which is a downgrade from ICU and features more intensive physical and respiratory therapy. 
“Dad has continued to gain strength in the last week and is working to sit in the chair and do strengthening exercises with physical therapy,” said Shelley Robinson, Howard’s daughter.


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2 LHS students accused in violent threats

By Mark Manicone

Two Lancaster High School students have been suspended and reported to police after being accused of talking about violent threats against the school, officials said Tuesday.
“We had some students make comments where school would be the target of a violent act,” said Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District’s safety director. “Law enforcement got involved right away.”


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After 300 hours of yoga immersion, schoolteacher ready to lead others

Enlightening month in India

By Kayla Vaughn

Haley Williams, a dance teacher at McDonald Green Elementary, has a new creative and contemplative passion – yoga – and she has begun teaching evening lessons after a month’s training in India.
Williams, 20, holds yoga classes at 5 and 6 p.m. every Tuesday at I2A Fitness, 724 S. Main St., Lancaster.
She started doing yoga nearly three years ago after injuring both hamstrings during a dance program. She says yoga helped her to lengthen muscles, relax tightness and release a lot of stress.


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2 charged in threats on Chesterfield schools

Don Worthington
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Two incidents of potential gun violence at Chesterfield Schools have followed the Feb. 14 fatal shootings at a Florida high school.
In each case, threats were made but no guns were brought to Chesterfield schools, officials said.
On Thursday, an administrator overheard a student threatening to bring a gun to Chesterfield-Rudy Middle School, according to the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.


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Reid Pointe repairs may cost less than feared

By Greg Summers

INDIAN LAND – There’s bad news and good for Reid Pointe, whose residents are scrambling to repair their subdivision’s streets so that the county will agree to accept them into its road system.
The bad news is that the streets’ problems are not cosmetic issues with the asphalt, according to new county tests completed last week. They involve the road base, which is too weak to support the required amount of weight.


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Many are elderly, in close contact with sick students

Flu creates shortage of bus drivers

By Greg Summers

Anyone qualified to drive a school bus was subbing behind the wheel this week, as the flu kept home 13 percent of the Lancaster County School District’s drivers, making some bus routes run 30 to 45 minutes late.
Administrators and coaches were forced to step in as 10 county school bus drivers were out with the flu or flu-like symptoms, said Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director.


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