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  • Voter official: Young people are registering

    The high interest in November's presidential race may be inspiring more people to register to vote in Lancaster County.

    Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said 663 people have registered to vote since Aug. 18.That brings the total of registered voters in the county to 42,625.

    A flurry of new registrants came into the county Voter Registration office after both the Democratic and Republican parties' national conventions.

    Stump's office has seen a lot of young people, ages 18 and 19, registering for the first time.

  • Heath Springs projects in temporary holding pattern

    HEATH SPRINGS – Two planned construction projects in Heath Springs have halted while town officials work to meet a variety of procedures.

    Mayor Ann Taylor said progress has slowed for several reasons on two of the town's main infrastructure projects.

    The planned construction of a sidewalk near the Heath Springs Industrial Park has slowed until town officials choose an engineer to oversee the project.

  • Teen charged in string of robberies, courthouse arson - Press conference and interviews included

    The 17-year-old charged in Thursday's carjacking and robbery has also been charged with burning the Lancaster County Courthouse and 6th Circuit Solicitor's office.

    Martavious Semaj Carter, of 609-A N. Market St., has been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with two counts of arson, Capt. Harlean Howard announced at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

  • New reporter joins The Lancaster News

    The Lancaster News added a new government reporter to its team this week.

    Christopher Sardelli, 27, joins the paper as a full-time government reporter covering Lancaster, Heath Springs and Kershaw. He'll also cover courts.

    He previously worked as a freelance writer for The Herald, The Enquirer-Herald, The Fort Mill Times and Lake Wylie Pilot, all in York County, and The Gaston Gazette in Gastonia.

  • Candidate to speak at event Saturday

    Now that the election season is in full swing, you can expect more political events in the weeks ahead.

    One of the first on the calendar is a forum set for 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Michael Blackmon Foundation, 701 E. Arch St. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research. Free food will be served.

    For details, call 283-8432 or 287-7364.

    Candidates to speak include:

    – City Council District 1 - Kenny Hood and Ricardo Blackmon

    – City Council District 3 - Audrey Curry and Linda Blackmon-Brace

  • Family holds candlelight vigil to remember Harry Frazier

    Grief, hope and unity were represented in the candles that illuminated the night sky.

    The family of Harry Frazier continues to grieve over his murder in May. Despite developments in the investigation, Frazier's mother and others are hopeful that new details will surface.

    And during these trying times, they know unity will keep them strong.

    Those feelings and more were expressed during a candlelight vigil Sunday night in memory of Frazier, who was fatally shot sometime between May 14 and 15.

    Nobody has been arrested in the murder.

  • Man, 18, charged in shooting death

    Anthony Armour Sr. said his son moved to South Carolina from Chicago to escape violence.

    The unfortunate irony is that, in just one year in Lancaster, his son has lost his life to a violent crime.

    Anthony Armour Jr., 31, was fatally shot between 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Ferguson and Dunlap streets, Lancaster police say.

    Monterio Lamarcus Hood, 18, of 100 Jolly St., has been charged with murder and assault and battery with intent to kill in the shooting death.

  • Candidates to speak at event Sunday

    Now that the election season is in full swing, you can expect more political events in the weeks ahead.

    One of the first on the calendar is a forum set for 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 701 E. Arch St. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research. Free food will be served.

    For details, call 283-8432 or 287-7364.

    Candidates to speak include:

    – City Council District 1 - Kenny Hood and Ricardo Blackmon

    – City Council District 3 - Audrey Curry and Linda Blackmon-Brace

    – City Council District 4 – Bill Sumner and Tamara Green

  • Man, 60, robbed behind credit union building

    Another man has been robbed at gunpoint near Lancaster's North Main Street area.

    A 60-year-old man told police he was robbed early Tuesday morning behind the Founders Federal Credit Union building on Covenant Place.

    The man had finished cleaning the building and put trash on top of his vehicle to drive to the dumpster, according to an incident report.

    While he was behind the building dumping the trash, a man armed with a gun approached him from behind, the report said.

  • Cosmetology students sharpen skills

    No two heads are the same and that's something the 16 students in the senior cosmetology class at the Lancaster High School Career Center will start learning firsthand.

    The class will start accepting clients at 12:30 p.m. today. Appointments aren't necessary, said instructor Jan Williamson.

    The career center offers a variety of beauty services, including hair and nail care, make-up and waxing. Services are not available on non-school days.