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  • Family loses everything in fire

    James Boone hates that all of his son's baby pictures are gone.

    A fire at his Reeves Road home Sunday morning not only ruined those photos, but destroyed everything else inside.

    As Boone and his live-in girlfriend, Tara Donahue, pick up the pieces, they remain puzzled about how the fire started.

    Boone, Donahue and their children were away at a park picnic when the fire started about 10 a.m. Sunday. Donahue's mother called her after a neighbor on Reeves Road called 911 and got in contact with Donahue's family, telling them about the fire.

  • Man pleads guilty to firearms charge

    A Kershaw man pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge last week.

    Laurkeda Montrell Montgomery, also known as "Magoo," 26, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies responded to an armed robbery in April. The victim told deputies that Montgomery had robbed him at gunpoint.

    Deputies found Montgomery's car in the area. Montgomery crashed the car after a brief chase, and then ran from deputies before he was caught.

  • Boy, 2, OK after being hit by SUV

    Police are no longer investigating a Sept. 5 incident in which a boy and his grandfather were struck by a vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

    Dana Michelle Sullivan, 26, of Kershaw, was driving a 2006 Honda Pilot when Jason Bolick, 2, ran out in front of her, according to a Lancaster Police Department accident report.

    When James Johnson, the boy's grandfather, reached under the SUV to get his grandson, the vehicle backed over Johnson's hand, the report said.

  • Artist's mom takes prize; art to fill streets Friday night

    Like daughter, like mother.

    That's not necessarily how the old saying goes, but that's how it is for local artist Christina Chastain and her mother, Phyllis Chastain.

    Phyllis Chastain, 57, took first place in the annual Marian Hagins juried art competition with a painting called "4 Jens." The piece was created with a combination of oil and acrylic paint and pastels. It sat in a closet, unfinished, for about two months, until Christina encouraged her mother to finish it.

    And when Christina called to tell her mother about her win, Phyllis Chastain couldn't believe it.

  • Catawba Nation to bless Indian Land High School football stadium

    INDIAN LAND – Friday will be a very special night of football for the Indian Land High School Warriors, win or lose.

  • Sara Eddins unopposed in District 6 city council race

    First-time candidate Sara Eddins has thrown her hat into the ring for the District 6 Lancaster City Council seat now held by Danny O’Brien.

  • Van Wyck greets Olympic hero Shawn Crawford

    VAN WYCK – Welcoming cheers and words of thanks greeted Van Wyck native and two-time Olympic medalist Shawn Crawford when he returned during the Celebrate Van Wyck festival Saturday to sign autographs and greet friends.

  • County proposes 8.9 mill tax hike to pay for court deputies, security

    The Lancaster County Courthouse burned down, and now residents’ taxes are going up.

  • Cry Out America is call to prayer

    Evangelist Patience Alexander Wood is “crying out” for Lancaster County to unite in prayer.Cry Out America is a nationally-organized event for every state and county to gather for a spiritual awakening in local communities.Wood is the 2008 Lancaster County coordinator for the hour-long program, which is noon Thursday at Lancaster City Hall.“The purpose of this event is to call people back to prayer,” Wood said.

  • Blackmon, Hood seek council seat

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    Two men will vie for the City Council seat vacated last month by Preston Blackmon’s death.

    Blackmon, who was 82, had served as the District 1 councilman for 31 years.

    His son, Racarda Blackmon, and Kenneth Hood are running for the seat.

    Because of Blackmon’s death, a special District 1 filing period started Aug. 22 and ended Thursday.

    The winner will serve the remainder of Blackmon’s term, which has about two years left.