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  • 'Vulnerable town' label not so bad?

    The designation of Lancaster by forbes.com as the "most vulnerable town" in the country has a certain sting to it.

    But local business owners and officials have found some positive things to say about the article, an online exclusive to forbes.com, which is affiliated with the popular Forbes magazine. The article was published about a week ago, and listed Lancaster County's high unemployment rate of 12.2 percent as a contributing factor to its spot at the top of the list.

  • Video Included Candidates address issues at last forum before election

    Candidates from the five major local elections answered questions at a political forum Tuesday night sponsored by Duke Energy, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and The Lancaster News.

  • Breaking News Football games moved to Thursday night

    Lancaster County School District officials have moved all varsity football games scheduled for Friday to Thursday. All games kick off at 7:30 p.m.

    The move was made with the forecast of heavy rain in the area for Friday night.

    "All the forecasters say that rain will be heavy Friday night," said Lancaster County School District superintendent Gene Moore. "We wanted to avoid asking players and spectators to be out in this kind of weather."

    Games rescheduled are:

    Lancaster at Rock Hill

    Central at Andrew Jackson

    Buford at Indian Land

  • A.R. Rucker testing single-gender option for first time

    You can see a sharp contrast between Shree Crawford and Cassie Thurman's sixth-grade science classes at A.R. Rucker Middle School.

    In Crawford's class, the students sit quietly and work on assignments at their desk, while Thurman has her students moving around the room and talking aloud.

    It's the same school. The same grade. The same class and the same curriculum. So you may ask: Why are the classes so different?

    The answer lies in the gender.

  • Boy, 10, fractures leg after being hit by car on S.C. 9

    FORT LAWN – A 10-year-old boy from Fort Lawn darted out in front of a car on S.C. 9 on Monday night and was injured.

    The boy was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was treated for a fractured leg, according to Fort Lawn Police Chief Richard Smith.

    The accident happened around 6:15 p.m., Smith said.

    "It was pitch black," he said.

    The boy had been out with friends, crossing S.C. 9 in front of his house. He was headed back home at the time of the accident and just "darted out" suddenly.

  • District 4 school candidates focus on drop-outs, accountability

    The candidates for Lancaster County school board District 4 are interested in reducing the student drop-out rate, closing achievement gaps and making the school board accountable to taxpayers.

    Dr. Peter Barry and the Rev. AnThony Pelham are the candidates in the non-partisan race.

    School board District 4 includes a central part of the county, east of the city of Lancaster to the Chester County line.

    Dr. Peter Barry

  • Children's Home gets 'extreme makeover'

    The Lancaster Children's Home is the beneficiary of what has become an annual project of Comporium Communications.

    On Thursday, Comporium employees built a chapel, a picnic shelter and two storage buildings at the Children's Home, which provides safe housing for youth who've endured parental mistreatment or other forms of distress.

    The project, dubbed the "Extreme Home Makeover," after the popular TV show, is in its third year.

    Comporium built the structures for free. The Children's Home provided the supplies, which were received through community donations.

  • Economic crisis impacts everyone

    The nation's economic crisis is trickling down to local families, businesses and banks, but the area remains resilient.

    Cindy Mace, owner of House to Home Designs, makes her living from sales to new and current homeowners.

    She says her current business remains strong, but she doesn't anticipate growth as quickly as she once did.

    Neighborhoods aren't selling at the pace once predicted, and new developments are slow to break ground as a result of the economic downturn.

  • Fort Lawn man injured in shooting

    A Chester County man was shot at several times early Monday morning near the Hughes and Dunlap streets intersection in Lancaster.

    Police received a call shortly after 1 a.m. about shots fired and four men wearing black clothing running toward East Arch Street.

  • Two killed in motorcycle accident

    Jerry Flynn wishes he had a chance to show his son more affection.

    His son, Jason Flynn, 33, and Kayla Faile, 18, were killed Saturday night in a two-vehicle accident on Grace Avenue.

    The two Lancaster residents died after the 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle they were riding hit a 1996 Dodge pickup truck, according to Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol. The accident happened at 9:45 p.m. about 3 miles west of Lancaster.

    The motorcycle was traveling south behind the pickup, driven by Doris Talford, 46, who lives on Grace Avenue.