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  • Churches join hands for Missions Day on Oct. 6

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Faith-based groups and others in the community are being called to roll up their sleeves on Saturday, Oct. 6, for the betterment of the community.
    From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, droves of local residents are expected to take part in what’s been labeled as National Missions Day – a time to give energy, time and resources to help those in need.
    The function, which is in its inaugural year, will be held at the Lancaster County Fairgrounds, 821 Kershaw Camden Highway in Lancaster.

  • Man in fair condition following accident on Pageland Highway

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man is in fair condition following a dramatic automobile accident Friday that left his car overturned in the middle of Pageland Highway.
    The accident happened about 12:10 p.m. on the east side of the S.C. 9 bypass just outside the Lancaster city limits, S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said

  • Handcuffed man breaks window, jumps from moving patrol car

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Deputies chased and rearrested a Lancaster man after he kicked out a passenger window and escaped from a moving patrol car Sunday, Sept. 23.
    After a short foot chase, Michael Lloyd Knight, 34, 3461 Fair Meadow Drive, was arrested and charged with unlawful escape, malicious injury to property over $2,000, resisting arrest and simple possession of marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • A.R. Rucker unveils new credit union/store

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    It’s a fairly-well accepted fact that some lessons are learned best through experience.
    Take working for a living, for example. Nothing beats on-the-job training.
    Saving money is something you learn through doing or not at all.
    At A.R. Rucker Middle School, educators are helping student learn both lessons first hand with the help of Founders Federal Credit Union and its No Small Change program.

  • Falcons soar on second-half surge

    Robert Howey
    rhowey@thelancasternews.com
    Nation Ford answered the challenge in a big way Friday night at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.
    The 5-1 Falcons, down 20-10 at the break, responded to NFHS coach Michael Allen’s halftime challenge with a 27-0 second-half charge to notch a 37-20 Region III-AAAA comeback win over the stunned Bruins.

  • Hidden in plain site:Jean had no idea who she really was

    Jean Ghent never saw her mom, kill a York County policeman at a traffic stop on July 17, 1932, outside Fort Mill, but she was there.

    For that matter, Ghent never saw the faces of the York County jurors some five months later who convicted the late Baetrice Snipes of the crime. She never heard Judge Thomas Sease bang the gavel that day when he sentenced Snipes to death by electrocution for the murder of officer Elliott Harris, but she undoubtedly felt her mom’s heart rate quicken. After all, she was only inches away.     

  • Residents fired up over smoking

    Moving back and forth in front of the podium, sometimes pointing at various Lancaster County Council members, Francis Bell had a lot to say about a proposed county-wide smoking ordinance at council’s Monday, Sept. 24, meeting. 

    Bell, a Lancaster native, local attorney and former Lancaster County Council member, objected to the potential ordinance which, if approved after one more reading, will prohibit smoking in enclosed public spaces throughout the county. This includes restaurants, bars, retail stores, libraries and public areas of businesses. 

  • Gang ‘initiation’ at Buford Middle School leads to suspensions, expulsions

     

    Eight Buford Middle School students have been charged in connection with a gang, whose members intended to retaliate against bullies on behalf of their victims.

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Maj. Matt Shaw said the 13- and 14-year-old students, seven of them members of a group calling  themselves  “White Mafia 14,” were taken into custody Sept. 20 after school officials learned of a fight in a school bathroom.

  • No students injured in school bus accident on Flat Creek Road

    No one was seriously injured when a car rear-ended a Clinton Elementary school bus on Flat Creek Road Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 26.

    Lancaster County School District officials said the accident occurred around 5:45 p.m. as the bus stopped to drop off one of nine students on their way home after the Homework Center after- school program.

    District safety and transportation director Bryan Vaughn said Emergency Medical Services was called to the scene, but none of the students or the car’s driver were seriously injured.

  • Hall charged with trafficking cocaine

    A traffic stop led to trafficking-cocaine charges for a Lancaster man. 

    Lepoleon Hall, 35, 2347 Douglas Heights, was arrested Thursday, Sept. 20, on charges of  trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, unlawful carrying of a handgun and driving under suspension, second offense, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.