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  • Man gets life in prison on burglary charge

    A Lancaster man will spend the rest of his life in prison on a burglary charge.

    A jury found Randolph Frazier, 55, guilty of first-degree burglary Wednesday.

    Circuit Judge Paul Burch sentenced Frazier to life in prison.

    The Lancaster Police Department charged Frazier on Feb. 5, Assistant 6th Circuit Solicitor Mike Lifsey said. A Eula Court woman came home about 11:30 a.m. that day and found Frazier inside her apartment, Lifsey said.

  • Open air market debuting in downtown in October

    Residents will soon have a new way to discover downtown businesses with the debut of an open-air market in October.

    Called the Lancaster Street Market, the monthly event will feature several vendors selling their wares in an open-air atmosphere on the green area between Main and Gay streets in downtown Lancaster. The first market is planned for Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nine vendors have already signed on for the event. They will sell items as varied as hand-blown glass beads, pottery, truffle chocolates and wood wine racks.

  • Volunteers mow high grass

    INDIAN LAND – When Mary Smith of Indian Land drove to Fort Mill last week, she was disturbed to see how tall the grass had gotten on local roadsides.

    "This is not only unsightly. It's dangerous," she said of the knee-high and taller grass that skirts local roads and medians.

    Typically, local state roads are mowed by the S.C. Department of Transportation five times between April and December, but budget cuts have forced them to reduce that to four, said John McKay of the Lancaster DOT maintenance office.

  • 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.