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State may order court security

By Jenny Hartley

S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal will visit Lancaster County next week to discuss court security with officials.

County Council voted unanimously Monday night to increase taxes by an unspecified amount to pay for more sheriff's deputies to guard court facilities.


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Will Crawford get to keep silver medal?

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There is some question whether Van Wyck native Shawn Crawford will get to keep the silver medal he won in the 200-meter race at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Crawford, 30, who was hoping to win a gold medal in the event as he did in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, originally appeared to be out of medal contention in the Aug. 20 finals.


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Breaking News Amber Alert canceled for Lancaster girl

By Jesef Williams

An AMBER Alert issued for a 2-year-old Lancaster girl early Sunday has been canceled.

Authorities say Jaelyn Elizabeth Hollis was taken from her home by her father, Bryan Matthew Hatchel. The alert was issued after 12:30 a.m.

Hollis was found safe later that day in Citrus County, Fla. Hatchel, 25, has since been arrested.


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Field houses at three schools almost done

By Jesef Williams

By the middle of next month, new athletic field houses are expected to be ready for use at three Lancaster County schools.

Andrew Jackson, Buford and Indian Land high schools are each receiving a new field house that will store football, track, soccer, baseball and softball equipment. Athletes will have lockers and coaches will have space for meetings.

Work began on the 3,600-square-foot buildings in the spring and should be finished by Sept. 15, said David Small, who's overseeing the project for the district.


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Family, police offer reward in shooting death

By Jenny Hartley

The family of Harry Frazier Jr. wants answers about his death, and they're hoping a reward will encourage someone to come forward.

Frazier's family is offering a $500 reward for information about his murder. The Lancaster Police Department is adding another $250 to that, Capt. Harlean Howard said.

Frazier, 31, was shot and killed sometime between May 14 and 15 at his home on Arch Street in front of the Lancaster Police Department.

Frazier was found lying on his kitchen floor by a cousin who had come to his home for a haircut.


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Curry says helping others is why he enjoys serving on City Council

By Michele Roberts

For 17 years Audrey Curry Jr. has represented the people of District 3 on Lancaster City Council and he wants to serve another term.

Curry, 54, will face former City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace in the Nov. 4 election.

Curry said the best thing about being on council is the opportunity it gives him to help people, and make good things happen in the community.


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Teachers urged to 'answer the call' at event

By Jesef Williams

Many educators may not realize how significant of a role they play in their students' lives.

For some students, a teacher might be the only adult who gives them continuous positive attention.

Motivational speaker Dr. Tonea Stewart reminded local teachers that they are shaping the leaders of tomorrow. She encouraged teachers to always put students first and treat them with the utmost respect.

Stewart, an acclaimed actor and college professor, was the guest speaker at Tuesday's opening ceremony for teachers in the Lancaster County School District.


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LHS student one of only 2 from S.C. to take part in Presidential Classroom program

By Jesef Williams

Laurice Ingram said the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial were nice to see.

But when he saw Hillary Clinton walk by, that's when he truly realized he was in the nation's capital.

Ingram, a senior at Lancaster High School, spent a week in Washington, D.C., this summer participating in the Presidential Classroom, a program that provides students from across the nation with an up-close education about politics and government.


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Breaking NewsHit-and-run suspect turns himself in

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The Lancaster man accused of fatally rear-ending a motorcyclist on S.C. 903 on Wednesday has turned himself in to authorities.

Marqevius Deandre Hood, 26, of 408 Fairfield St., turned himself in to Lancaster police Saturday morning, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

"He is in custody and will be transported to the Lancaster County Detention Center," Gaskin said Saturday morning.

Hood has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety.


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City candidates advised to watch sign placement

By Michele Roberts

With elections coming up in November, candidate signs for various races are as common a sight as Christmas trees in December.

The signs are strategically placed by candidates to attract as much attention as possible, but those placed in the city of Lancaster must comply with zoning regulations.

One Lancaster resident recently noticed that some of these signs appeared to be out of compliance with those rules.


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