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  • 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.

  • 2-year-old hit by SUV

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    A 2-year-old boy was hit by a sport utility vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot Friday night.

    Lancaster police say Dana Michelle Sullivan, 26, of Kershaw, hit the boy about 7 p.m. while driving her 2006 Honda Pilot down one of the aisles in front of the supercenter.

    The boy was with his grandfather, James Lee Johnson of Lancaster. The two were putting away a shopping cart when the boy got away and darted across an aisle toward their vehicle, said Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Brian Small.

  • Council to discuss tax increase

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    County Council will vote Monday to increase taxes due to a “catastrophic event.”

    Council approved first reading of an ordinance to raise taxes to add .2 of a mill for University of South Carolina at Lancaster and the Kershaw campus of York Technical College at its last meeting.

    The ordinance also includes raising taxes beyond a 3.5 millage rate limitation due to a “catastrophic event” – the fire that heavily damaged the Lancaster County Courthouse on Aug. 4.

  • Use old bank for town hall

    Recently, and, it appears, belatedly, the Kershaw Historical Society and other preservation-minded community members mounted an effort to convince municipal authorities to reconsider making the former Bank of Kershaw building into the new town hall.

    While we appreciate that two years of study and planning have gone into this project and that the mayor, town administrator and council members may have become tired of delays and are now eager for real construction to begin, we asked them to pause long enough to deliberate on what might be best for Kershaw.

  • Breaking News Hanna changes direction again

    Tropical Storm Hanna once again poses a minor threat to Lancaster County.Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell said he's not predicting a catastrophic storm for the county, but urges residents to pay attention this af

  • Historical society seeks volunteers

    A historical society exists to help preserve the historical identity of a county, but is this its only function?

    In addition to restoring historical markers and preserving historical sites, these societies also work to unite the community through the use of cultural events, and by offering crucial links to the county’s history.

    The benefits which these historical societies often give frequently far exceed the community’s expectations.