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Lancaster County ACT scores increase in ’10

By Jesef Williams

The Lancaster County School District improved slightly on its overall performance from last year on the ACT college-entrance exam.

The American College Testing Program released scores last week.

The district’s 2010 high school seniors posted an average composite score of 18.0 on the test’s 36-point scale. The district’s score in 2009 was 17.9.

ACT considers a change of three-tenths of a point to be statistically significant. One-tenth of an ACT point is comparable to four points on the SAT.


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Can road signs translate into jobs?

By Chris Sardelli

County leaders are looking at how a federal sign mandate could create jobs for Lancaster County.

With only a few years left before the county is required to convert all of its street and traffic signs to those with more reflective features, Lancaster County Council is considering options for manufacturing its own signs. Council discussed the idea earlier this month as a way to create some new jobs.


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Mayor receives Palmetto award

By Jesef Williams

Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw knew he’d be speaking before a crowd Tuesday morning, but he had no idea it would be for two reasons.


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Testimony stirs emotions in Lancaster murder trial

By Jenny Arnold

A woman’s testimony about how a Lancaster man was shot as he sat in his car stirred emotions in court on Tuesday.ee


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Report: Assailant fires gun, demands money from man

Man invades family’s house

By Jenny Arnold

A Lancaster family told police that a man came into their home and fired a gun while demanding money Sunday.

According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, police were called to a South Ferguson Street home about 10:20 p.m. because of someone pointing a gun.

When police arrived, a 38-year-old woman frantically approached them saying, “He’s in my uncle’s house and he’s got a gun,” the report said.


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Blackmon-Brace final candidate to enter mayor's race

By Jesef Williams

Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace has made her bid for mayor official.


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Murder trial set to start Monday

By Jenny Arnold

The trial for a Lancaster County man charged in a 2007 murder is slated to begin Monday.

Jermaine Richardson, 21, was shot about 9:30 p.m. March 9, 2007, as he sat in the driver’s seat of a blue Cadillac in the 700 block of Pardue Street Apartments.

Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said a jury pool will report to the county’s temporary court facility on S.C. 9 at 11 a.m. Attorneys hope to have a jury chosen by the end of the morning, with the trial beginning in the afternoon, Barfield said. The trial is expected to last through Wednesday.


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Family donates child’s organs

Jaylen lives on

By Jenny Arnold

Jaylen Jackson will never again wear the little tiara she loved, but she lives on in an 11-year-old girl in Texas who loves to dress up just like she did.


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DeMint stumps for Mulvaney

By Chris Sardelli

U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint spoke about the power that local voters have as he campaigned with state Sen. Mick Mulvaney in Lancaster on Thursday.


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Teen injured in shooting incident on Roberts Drive

By Jenny Arnold

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that left a 17-year-old injured.

According to a press release, the shooting happened about 4:15 p.m. Thursday at 1052 Roberts Drive.

The call originally went to the Lancaster Police Department for shots fired in the area of Wylie Street and Jackson Road.

Several officers responded to the area but learned that the shooting actually happened outside the city limits.


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