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  • NAACP holds mayoral candidate forum

    Candidates in the Lancaster mayoral race took their ideas to the people during the Lancaster NAACP’s mayoral town hall meeting Thursday night.
    Held at the Barr Street Auditorium, the event drew nearly 100 spectators for the first candidate’s forum in the race to fill the seat of longtime Mayor Joe Shaw, who died mid-term Nov. 29.

  • Solvent mishap injures students

    More than 30 Harrisburg Elementary School students went home early Thursday after exposure to a cleaning solvent left many with skin irritation and some with minor chemical burns.
    The incident began Thursday morning as several students at the Indian Land school began reporting discomfort to the school nurse. Lancaster County School District spokesman David Knight said school officials soon realized all the students had recently come into direct contact with toilet seats in the school’s bathrooms.

  • Mayoral candidates debate issues

    Candidates in the Lancaster mayoral race took their ideas to the people during the Lancaster NAACP’s mayoral town hall meeting Thursday night.
    Held at the Barr Street Auditorium, the event drew nearly 100 spectators for the first candidate’s forum in the race to fill the seat of longtime Mayor Joe Shaw, who died mid-term Nov. 29.

  • Walmart purse snatch turns violent

    A purse snatching in the Walmart parking lot late Feb.11 turned violent when the thief beat up the victim twice and slammed her to the pavement before fleeing.
    The victim, who sustained a cut lip, multiple bruises and a back injury while fighting back, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, treated and released.
    Police are looking for a clean-shaven, 5-foot-11, slender white male who was last seen wearing a dark jacket and a green toboggan.

  • Renaming Blackmon Street in Kershaw causes ruckus

    Want to kick up a storm in a small town? Try renaming a street.
    The trouble started at last month’s county planning commission meeting, where Lancaster County Emergency Communications proposed renaming Blackmon Street in Kershaw to avoid confusion with Blackmon Circle nearby and Blackmon Road in Lancaster County.
    Under the plan, Blackmon Circle would keep its name. Blackmon Road would become Blackmon Pond Road, and Blackmon Street would be renamed Dragonfly Way.
    Not so fast, fumed Blackmon Street defenders.

  • Remembering being smitten by young love

    If they are not the oldest couple in Lancaster County this Valentine’s Day, the Twittys of Heath Springs are definitely in the running.
    Gonze Lee Twitty, 97, and Margaret Stevenson Twitty, 94, met in 1950 when he was 31 and she was 28.
    He was “tall and handsome,” Margaret remembers.
    She had “feet that looked like they didn’t touch the ground,” Gonze says.
    They met outside her father’s store, Stevenson’s Grocery, in downtown Lancaster. Margaret and her family lived next door.

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 4 of 4

    A slow September breeze blew past Wesley Dry as he stood at the mouth of an unfamiliar trail, his eyes struggling to adjust to the darkness.
    It was midnight, and the only sounds emanating from the nearby forest were the chirping of insects and the rustling of tree branches.
    Dry and his friends Homefry and Amish searched for signs of life, but the road they stood on was desolate. In the distance, the strange van that had dropped them off minutes ago in the wilderness was revving out of sight.

  • Man dies at CMC from wreck injuries

    A Lancaster man died from injuries received in a car wreck after he pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle on S.C. 903 Thursday afternoon.
    Richard Truesdale, 75, of Wisteria Way died Thursday evening at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Karla Deese.
    Deese said Truesdale’s cause of death was blunt force injury.
    The driver who struck Truesdale’s car, Shirlon Covington of Lancaster, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released.

  • Mayoral forum changes location

    The location for Monday’s candidate forum in the special election for Lancaster mayor has changed to a larger venue.
    The event, sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, The Lancaster News and LearnTV, will be held at Bundy Auditorium in USC Lancaster’s Bradley Arts & Sciences Building. A public meet-and-greet session will start at 5 p.m., followed by the forum at 5:30.

  • City police approved for raises of at least 2%

    Twenty-six of the Lancaster Police Department’s 39 sworn officers will get raises of at least 2 percent after a unanimous vote by city council Tuesday.
    The decision follows one in November, when starting pay for patrol officers was increased 12 percent. Tuesday’s action affected the officers who didn’t get those November raises.
    Lancaster City Administrator Flip Hutfles said the total cost of the latest raises for fiscal 2015-16 is about $105,000.