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  • Eight file for school board, city council

    Eight candidates, including two challengers, filed for Lancaster County school board and Lancaster City Council before filing closed Friday at noon.
    Three seats are open on both the school board and city council, with one contested race in each.
    School board
    Lorenzo Small will challenge incumbent Tyrom Faulkner for the District 2 seat.
    Small, who is running for the first time, said he looks forward to having an opportunity to provide new insight to the school board.

  • Long days, huge challenges for Gilbert

    Jamie Gilbert knew building Lancaster County’s new economic development department would be a big challenge, but the news he got on his eighth day at work was a punch in the gut.
    Duracell, the county’s seventh-largest employer, announced it would phase out production at its Lancaster manufacturing plant starting next spring, and that all 400-plus jobs would be gone within two years.
    “It’s sure not the kind of news you want to get just starting out,” Gilbert said last week.

  • Kershaw hopes facelift restores course’s profits

    KERSHAW – It’s no secret at Kershaw Town Hall that the town-owned golf course has been bleeding money for about 10 years. In fiscal 2014-15, the course lost $46,000. Last year, the amount tripled to almost $151,000.
    Now town officials are taking a common-sense approach to get the course back on par. They are being proactive in an effort to get back into the black by making it greener and more golfer-friendly.
    Since June, the town has spent an estimated $15,000 to get the 6,031-yard course back into playing shape.

  • Shoelace noose sparks controversy

    Two Andrew Jackson High School students were disciplined after they made a noose out of shoelaces and placed it in a tree at band camp Friday, Aug. 5, said Bryan Vaughn, safety director for Lancaster County School District.
    The noose-like device was two shoelaces tied together, said Bryan Vaughn, safety director for Lancaster County School District. He said two students made the device and hung it in a tree after getting the shoelaces from a third student.

  • Faile fundraiser draws S.C. attorney general

    Beverly Lane Lorenz
    For The Lancaster News

    S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson was one of many Republican officials and candidates who turned out last week to support Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile during a campaign event at the Sun City Carolina Lakes Lodge.
    “Barry Faile is a great sheriff,” Wilson told the crowd. “And any opportunity I can have to talk about him, I do it.”

  • Shower truck will aid homeless

    Beneath the surface of our community is an interconnected web of services working to make life better for the sometimes invisible homeless population.
    The strands connect various agencies, churches and volunteers so that one phone call can result in food, clean clothes, resources, and now, even a hot shower for a homeless person.
    Through the coordinated efforts of Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless (LACH), local churches and volunteers, a new shower truck will be unveiled at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Life Center, 421 West Gay Street.  

  • Buford’s Page starts 50th year of teaching

    Buford High School math teacher Margaret Page became teary-eyed this week when a back-to-school luncheon turned into a surprise celebration marking her 50th year in the classroom.
    “I can’t stop at 49. There’s something special about 5-0,” Page said Monday to the room full of smiling faces at Hopewell United Methodist Church. The crowd included her family and staff from her school and the district.

  • County might ‘claw back’ Duracell tax breaks

    Two years ago, Lancaster County gave Duracell property-tax incentives designed to save the company about $11 million over three decades in return for the battery manufacturer spending $69 million over five years to upgrade its plant.
    It’s the kind of deal Lancaster and most other counties make often. Duracell gets to divert tax payments into profits, and the county secures good-paying manufacturing jobs. Those workers support their families and spend their money locally, supporting many more jobs and families.

  • A call to prayer

    A prayer service was held Wednesday evening outside the Municipal Justice Center on East Arch Street in an effort to bring law enforcement and the community together.  
    “Everybody needs prayer,” said the Rev. Kenneth Cauthen of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, who also serves as Lancaster Police Department chaplain.  

  • Man charged with shooting into Central Avenue house

    A Monroe, N.C., man is jailed without bond after being charged with shooting up a home in the 700 block of Central Avenue on Friday night because he thought the person who had just shot him was inside it.
    Jackie Dewone Threatt Jr., 36, is charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. There was a woman in the living room when Threatt allegedly opened fire.