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  • 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.

  • Bumpy ride on Meeting Street

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    It’s a bumpy ride on Meeting Street through the city of Lancaster right now.

    Boggs Paving of Monroe is resurfacing the street as part of a state-funded highway project through the S.C. Department of Transportation.

    The old pavement has been milled down, creating a rough road, said Marty Cauthen, streets and sanitation director for the city of Lancaster.

    “It rides rough, especially if you’re on a motorcycle,” Cauthen said.

  • Indian Land Elementary School using 'mobile village'

    Chris McGinn

    For The Lancaster News

    Despite moving an entire school’s worth of students out of the building in January, Indian Land Elementary School remains above capacity, with 1,085 students as of Aug. 26, with more enrolling daily.

    Each of Indian Land’s schools increased in enrollment this month, with students moving in from nearby school districts and distant states, such as North Dakota and New York.

  • Buford Rec center becomes a reality

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    Indoor walking trails for adults and a host of sporting events for children are now available in the Buford area.

    With the opening of the new Buford recreation center in August, there are now four centers to serve residents in Lancaster County’s four main areas.

    The Buford center, located on Hurley Walters Road, has two gymnasiums, two rooms for programs and a meeting room. There are two youth baseball fields, two adult softball fields and two soccer fields.

    The open house was held last month.