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  • Grads who inspire: Teen mom Christy Newton not a typical high school role model

    Growing up, 19-year-old Christanna “Christy” Newton always wanted to be a legend and make a difference.
    That’s why she wants to be a surgeon.
    “They help make things better,” she said. “A good doctor...your patients don’t forget you.”
    Those who know Newton say she has already made a difference in at least one life – the life of her daughter, Cavanna.
    It’s going to be a long time before anyone at Buford High School forgets Newton and what she has accomplished.

  • ‘Good kid’ loses battle with cancer

    As the last two days of school ebbed away Thursday and Friday, the students and staff of A.R. Rucker Middle School celebrated, a not uncommon scenario for most schools this time of year.
    But their celebration was of another sort, one much closer to their hearts.
    While other schools simply celebrated the end of the school year and the start of summer vacations, A.R. Rucker honored the memory of one of their own, seventh-grader Harley Manus, 13.

  • City Council passes first reading of $20M budget

    Though no cost-of-living or merit raises are included in the draft for next year’s budget, a number of city of Lancaster employees may see an increase in their salary.
    City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night in favor of first reading of the $19.98 million budget for 2011-12. Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace dissented.
    Several city employees could receive a pay increase as adjustments are being made to either their job duties or title, or both.

  • News briefs 5-27-11

    Memorial Day program Sunday
    The Lancaster veterans organizations and their ladies auxiliary members will hold their 20th annual Memorial Day program at Lancaster Memorial Park at 3 p.m. Sunday. The public is asked to help place flags on the graves in remembrance of veterans.

  • What’s going down the Foxhole?

    Lancaster County residents aren’t the only ones causing a stink about landfills. Just ask their neighbors to the north.
    Hundreds of Mecklenburg County residents have been out in force over the last few weeks protesting the creation of a sanitary landfill at Ballantyne’s Foxhole Landfill.

  • ILMS wins national recognition

    Indian Land Middle School is one of 10 schools in the country honored as a 2011 U-ACT School by the Red Robin Foundation.
    The acronym “U-ACT” stands for “Unbridled Acts,” or random acts of kindness.
    Red Robin’s U-ACT program recognizes schools that demonstrate a commitment to promoting kindness and is dedicated to character-building in grades six through eight.
    The honor of being designated a U-ACT Merit School entitles ILMS to a $1,200 grant and $250 for a party to reward students.

  • County prepares for zoning changes

    Lancaster County residents are scratching their heads about the name for a series of public meetings set for a potential countywide rezoning process.
    After years of constant complaints from residents about the county’s zoning classifications, including what types of buildings can be constructed where, Lancaster County Council approved a plan last fall to review and possibly revise those classifications.

  • Grads prepare for big day

    This Friday will be a time of celebration at local high schools as hundreds of graduates take the stage at commencement ceremonies across Lancaster County.
    A total of 724 Lancaster County graduates will say goodbye to high school, diplomas in hand, and embark on the next step in their journey toward adulthood to the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance.”
    Along with all those graduates will be family members and friends there to celebrate the special day with them.

  • Graduates who inspire: Knight an inspiration for other students at Carolina Christian Academy

    Carolina Christian Academy senior Kendall Knight doesn’t hesitate when you ask him if he has a favorite Bible verse.
    The words come sure and unhesitating, as if relied upon in time of need, repeated as encouragement, recalled as a guiding declaration of faith.
    “Sure. It’s 1 John 4:4[b], ‘greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world,’” Knight says. “I’ve even got it stitched on one of my hats.”

  • Coalition of Healthy Youth urges stores to sign covenant

    Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth