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  • Portraying the positive

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Conventional wisdom says schools should be places of learning – noble temples of learning where students immerse themselves in the waters of knowledge and set sail toward glowing horizons.
    Yet there is a time for levity within the hallowed halls, they say – and Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Lancaster High School students and staff blew the roof off the joint – big time.

  • Third suspect jailed in Jones murder

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A third man was arrested Friday in the January murder of 23-year-old Jenika Jones, only three weeks after two other men were charged.
    Al Martinez Green, 19, 813 1/2 East Dunlap St., was tracked down Friday by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies and charged with murder, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Officials tour Brooklyn neigbhorhood

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    With a quick right turn off Lancaster’s Main Street, the small white car suddenly entered a different world.
    Leaving behind the clean streets and tidy, brick buildings that dot the town’s main thoroughfare, the landscape abruptly changes to broken sidewalks, overgrown yards, scattered trash and abandoned buildings.
    The car passes a large, gleaming brown sign heralding the group’s arrival at the Historic Brooklyn Neighborhood.

  • Elected officials address local business leaders at Chamber breakfast

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The state of legislative affairs both on the state and federal level were the topic of conversation Friday, March 30, during the 2012 Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Breakfast.
    Participating in this year’s event was U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, along with state Sens. Vincent Sheheen and Greg Gregory, state Rep. Deborah Long and South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President Otis Rawl.

  • Tunnell: AkzoNobel will exceed its commitment to the county

    Staff Reports
    Calls to The Lancaster News on Thursday morning about layoffs at AkzoNobel Coatings Inc. were not confirmed by the local company Thursday afternoon.
    Dianne Thompson, human resource manager for AkzoNobel in Lancaster, said she had no comment.
    “I am not at liberty to discuss our corporate's internal business,” Thompson said.
    The headquarters of AkzoNobel, a paint and film plastics specialty company that produces coatings used in automobiles, marine products, furniture and architectural signs, is at 1872 S.C. 9 Bypass West.

  • Meeting Street land may be site for convienience store

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    The availability of beer and wine was debated during the consideration of a property rezoning at the Tuesday, March 27, City Council meeting.
    Council voted 5-1 to pass final reading to rezone land at 1040 W. Meeting St. from MHP (manufactured home park) to B-2 (neighborhood commercial).
    The property, which has been used commercially in the past, is now vacant and is being proposed for use as a convenience store.

  • Priorities list tops meeting agenda

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Whether it’s upgrading water lines or widening roads, residents will have a chance to discuss which proposed county projects have the highest priority at Lancaster Countay Council’s Monday meeting.

  • City Council approves change order for Brooklyn sewer work

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A few thousand dollars are being saved in the continued efforts to revitalize the Brooklyn Avenue area.
    At its Tuesday, March 27 meeting, City Council unanimously approved a change order pertaining to the sewer rehabilitation for phase II of that area’s revitalization efforts.
    The change decreases the amount of money spent after two sewer line segments were removed from the project, said City Administrator Helen Sowell.

  • Third man arrested in Jenika Jones murder

    A third man was arrested Friday in the murder of 23-year-old Jenika Jones.

    Al Martinez Green, 19, 813 1/2 East Dunlap St., was arrested by Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies and charged with murder, according to a sheriff’s office press release. As of Friday morning, Green remained jailed at the Lancaster County Detention Center.  

    Two other men – Devatee Clinton, 24, 1911 Roseanna Lane and Wayne Blakeney, 20, 5987 Taxahaw Road – were arrested March 9 and both were also charged with murder. 

  • Brain Injury Awareness Month

    Traumatic brain injuries can happen at any time to anyone at any age.

    To raise awareness of the impact these injuries can have, March was designated as National Head Injury and Disabilities Month. 

    A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a blow, jolt or bump to the head or penetrating head injury that disrupts normal brain function.

    Joyce Davis, executive director of the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, said TBIs are the No. 1 cause of death for people ages 1 to 44 in South Carolina.