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  • Deputy hurt in shooting at restaurant

    Law enforcement officers swarmed the area around a Lancaster restaurant Thursday evening after a Lancaster County sheriff's deputy was shot.
    The shooting happened after 7 p.m. at the Shrimp Boat restaurant, 1668 Memorial Park Road. Detectives with the sheriff's office said a deputy was shot in the stomach and flown from the area by helicopter for treatment.
    No details were available about the shooting or any suspects as of Thursday evening.

  • Stevens found not guilty in death

    The family of 3-year-old Jaylen Jackson held each other and sobbed as a verdict was read Thursday afternoon in the murder trial of Marico Lamont Stevens, who was found not guilty of murder and two related charges.
    The verdict came after a morning filled with theories as to what hap-
    pened along a stretch of gravel road in a small trailer park May 3, 2010, the day Jaylen Jackson was shot in the head while sitting in the back seat of a car during a gunfight. She died at a hospital early the next morning.

  • Nettie Mae Lewis Gary, 85

    Nettie Mae Lewis Gary, 85
    Nettie Mae Lewis Gary, 85, died Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011.
    She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Minnie Jones Lewis.
    Survivors include two stepchildren, Janie Rivers and Joseph Gary Jr.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Services were Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011, at Ebenezer AME Zion Church.
    Kirkland-McCray Funeral Home was in charge.

  • John D. ‘Duddy’ Varnadore Sr., 86

    John D. ‘Duddy’ Varnadore Sr., 86

  • Kershaw mourns another

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    KERSHAW – A Kershaw-area school has once again been hit with the tragic loss of one of its own, this time a student at Kershaw Elementary School.
    In a school district hard-hit by deaths this year, the student’s death is the fourth to rock Kershaw-area schools in as many weeks.

  • County OKs position for Animal Control

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Relief is on the way for staff at Lancaster County Animal Control.
    County Council voted unanimously at its Monday meeting to approve the request for the new position of Animal Control office manager.
    Council Chairwoman Kathy Sistare had asked that research be done to find out the staffing levels of Animal Control offices in counties with similar populations.
    The findings show that Lancaster County Animal Control is understaffed, in comparison, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

  • Skaters again request support

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Dustin Owens still wants to see skateboarding gain traction in the county.
    The Lancaster teen once again spoke before City Council, asking if members will support bringing a skating plaza to the area.
    Owens and a few of his fellow high school buddies appeared at a council meeting earlier this year to introduce the concept. His appearance at the Nov. 8 meeting was to gauge if council still backs the idea.

  • Lancaster chapter of NAACP celebrates 33 years

    Nita Brown
    For the Lancaster News
    A crowd of more than 200 celebrated the 33rd annual banquet of the Lancaster Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Saturday in the Lancaster High School cafeteria.
    Honored guests included representatives from the state Legislature, county and city law enforcement, Lancaster County School District, local businesses and clergy.
    The event’s special honoree was former County Councilwoman and retired educator Polly Jackson.

  • Lancaster native heads Chaplains Association

    Staff Reports
    Michael Taylor, chaplain of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, has been appointed executive director of the N.C. Sheriffs’ Chaplains Association.
    Taylor, a Lancaster native, serves as the president of the association and has been an active member since 1994.
    Taylor attained the master level chaplaincy in 1998 through the association’s accreditation program. He was named the National Sheriff’s Association Chaplain of the Year in 2003 and was the recipient in 2001 of WSOC-TV Channel 9’s Nine Who Cares Award.

  • Part two of murder trial now under way

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The trial of a second man charged in connection with the May 2010 shooting death of a Lancaster toddler began Monday following the conviction of his co-defendant last week.
    Marico Lamont Stevens, 30, of 2517 Douglas Road, Lancaster, was charged with murder and gun charges in connection with the death of 3-year-old Jaylen Jackson.
    Jaylen died May 4, 2010, the morning after she was struck by bullets in what law enforcement officials described as a shootout at the Countryside Mobile Home Park on Athena Road.