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  • Library cancels eclipse viewing after Amazon recalls glasses

    The Lancaster County Library has canceled its eclipse-watching events scheduled for next Monday because 1,000 pairs of eclipse glasses it bought from Amazon.com have been recalled, with too little time to get new glasses that are guaranteed to be safe.

  • Man shot in Clinton Avenue home invasion

    A man was shot early Tuesday in a home-invasion robbery at his Clinton Avenue residence, and police are looking for information about three suspects in the case.

    About 4:20 a.m., first responders arrived at a medical call in the 400 block of Clinton Avenue and found that the man had been shot, according to a statement from the Lancaster Police Department.

    The victim, whose identity was not released, is in stable condition at Springs Memorial Hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, the statement said.

  • Weekend Recap: August 14, 2017

    More than 1,000 Lancaster County School District teachers and faculty celebrated great teaching Monday morning, Aug. 14, at Buford High School. Troy Helms, an agriculture teacher at Buford High, won the District Great Teaching Award and high school award. A.R. Rucker eighth-grade history teacher Palmer Hudson won the middle school award.

  • City police will open new office at hospital

    The Lancaster Police Department on Tuesday will open a satellite office on the city’s west side – in the lobby of Springs Memorial Hospital.
    While it won’t be staffed 24/7, the office will benefit the hospital, nearby residents and the police department, said Police Chief Scott Grant, adding that the proposal originated with hospital CEO Janice Dabney.
    “It’s her idea. I just recognize a good one when I hear it,” Grant said. “We’re excited.”  

  • Gills Creek solution saves $1M

    Call it a win-win-win situation. An endangered local species gets protection. A flood-prone neighborhood dries out. And Lancaster County avoids spending $1 million.

  • Youngest NASC volunteer best friends with the oldest

    Jake Catoe has lived only 10 years, but he has an old soul.
    He appreciates old things and what they’ve been through. He treasures Native American history, museums, real books and older people. He is particularly fond of retired schoolteacher Henry Shute, 75, who seems to love all the same things.

  • Helping foster kids flourish as adults

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Surrounded by well-wishers gathered for prayer and food, one former foster child made a life-changing donation to another last Friday at J&J Autosports in Lancaster.
    J&J co-owner Jonathon Mobley presented a free 2004 Chevy Impala to recipient Alexis Buckley through On the Road Again, a program run by the S.C. Foster Parent Association.

  • S.C. trade group tips its hat to Crenco

    Lancaster’s homegrown and family-owned Crenco Food Stores has been named 2017 Retailer of the Year by the S.C. Association of Convenience Stores.
    The award was announced Tuesday at the association’s annual convention in Columbia.
    “In our 38 years of operation, we’ve strived to be the best in all that we do,” said second-generation owner Hal Crenshaw. His father, the late Harold Crenshaw, started the stores in 1979 as a branch of Crenshaw Oil Co.

  • City police almost back to full staff

    On paper, the Lancaster Police Department is almost back up to full strength after a year of struggling with a manpower shortage.
    But there is still an urgent need for more certified “street ready” officers.  
    Three recent police hires are now attending the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy but won’t graduate until late October. After that, the graduates have a minimum eight weeks of training with a police department field-training officer before being out on their own.

  • Group prays for city’s young men

    A small group gathered Sunday afternoon at the Historic Courthouse to pray for youth in the community in light of the recent shootings.
    Organizer Jose Gonzalez, a member of New Horizon Community Church, said a prayer and talked briefly to the eight people attending about making a positive impact on young people.
    “We are going to pray for our town, for people to unite,” Gonzalez said, noting there is “friction” in the community. “We’re going to especially pray for the youth of this town.”