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  • Hanna not expected to bring much rain to Lancaster County

    The track for Tropical Storm Hanna has moved east, and Lancaster County should see little rain or wind from the storm.

    An earlier track showed the storm moving right over Lancaster County about 2 a.m. Saturday.

    The National Weather Service issued a hurricane watch at 5 a.m. Thursday for areas just north of Edisto Beach, stretching 250 miles northeast to Surf City, N.C.

    A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours.

  • Authors to appear at book signing

    Three New York-based authors will appear in Lancaster for a book signing Friday.

    Deborah Cardona, L. Miller and Carmen Noboa-Espinal will be at Chastain's Studio Lofts, 109. S. Main St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Cardona, a native of Spanish Harlem, is the owner and CEO of Deja Vu Publications in New York. Her three novels are "A Better Touch," "Two Fold" and "Chained."

    Drawing from past experience, Cardona tells readers what it means to be poor, proud and generous, and how it felt to be ashamed to dream.

  • Homeless shelters may open by January

    Some families in Lancaster County walk around Wal-Mart all night because they have nowhere else to go. Given there are no homeless shelters here, strolling around a 24-hour supercenter may beat sleeping in your car.

    David Pace of First Baptist Church said he knows some people in the county who do this regularly. His church and 12 others are working diligently to change that.

  • Breaking News Deputy uses Taser on IL student after assault on officer

    INDIAN LAND – The principal of Indian Land High School and the school's resource officer were assaulted and a 16-year-old student was hit by a Taser after a conference with the student's mother turned physical on Tuesday, authorities said.

    The 16-year-old student, whose name is not being released because of his age, has been charged by the Department of Juvenile Justice with assault and battery on a police officer and disturbing schools.

  • County required to maintain Sun City roads

    County maintenance crews will eventually be seen patching streets in Sun City Carolina Lakes.

    There has been recent debate over what roads Lancaster County will accept for maintenance. County officials say the county has little money for road maintenance.

    County Administrator Steve Willis initially said the county would likely not accept Sun City Carolina Lakes' roads. He said the guard shack at the entrance to the community would have to be torn down, since the county doesn't accept roads in gated communities.

  • USCL semester under way

    Talks of financial aid, credit hours and cheap text books dominate many conversations at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.

    It's not hard to tell that a new school year is under way.

    The fall semester at USCL began Aug. 21. About a week into the term, students say they are getting used to being back in class once again.

    Sophomore Jeremy Wirth wants to earn at least a 3.75 grade point average this fall. His goal is to regain the LIFE Scholarship following his 2.6 GPA last year.

  • Three Lancaster residents receive nominations for theater awards

    Three local residents have received nominations for the fifth annual Metrolina Theatre Association Awards.

    Debbie Jaillette, David Platts and Walt Adkins each received nominations for their work on The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County's production of "Children of Eden."

    Jaillette and Platts served as musical directors for the production and were each nominated for Outstanding Musical Director/Conductor.

    Adkins, who served on the technical crew, has been nominated for the Outstanding Lighting Design award.

  • USCL getting less state funds

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is being penalized for increases in enrollment, Dean Dr. John Catalano says.

    Enrollment at the university could increase 10 to 15 percent this year when final figures come in October. Last year, enrollment increased 12 percent, and the year before that 22 percent.

    But the school receives less money from the state now than it did in 2001. In 2001, the school had 837 students and had a state appropriation of $2.9 million.

  • Some Fort Lawn residents concerned about Thread Trail

    CHESTER – Some Fort Lawn area residents raised objections at a recent Chester County Council meeting to the Carolina Thread Trail, a plan for free recreational walking and biking trails that will connect 15 counties in North and South Carolina.

    Those objections have in part led to the announcement of a public forum set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Lawn Community Center. The public is invited to attend and ask questions.

  • City Council awards $48,000 in hospitality funds to groups

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball Inc. will receive the most money of any entity that applied for the city of Lancaster's hospitality tax grant funds.

    The city has awarded the local baseball group $13,400, a slice of about $48,000 to be allocated to six other groups for 2008-09.

    Andrew Jackson State Park could have gotten money for eight different projects through the grant, but Lancaster City Council decided against one of those items – a $2,000 septic system.

    Council's vote Tuesday was 5-0. Councilman Danny O'Brien was absent from the meeting.