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  • Breaking News Authorities issue warrant for hit-and-run suspect

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    Authorities have issued a warrant for a suspect charged in a fatal hit-and-run at the outskirts of Lancaster on Wednesday.

    Marqevius Deandre Hood, 26, 408 Fairfield St., is charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death, said Sid Gaulden, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Public Safety. The S.C. Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash, is part of the Department of Public Safety.

  • Seatbelts protect teens in crash

    Gregory A. Summers

    gsummers@thelancasternews.com

    S.C. State Trooper David Lloyd has always been a strong advocate of wearing seat belts.

    His opinion of the preventative safety measure deepened Wednesday morning when three teenagers involved in a one-car wreck on Dixie School Road escaped life-threatening injuries.

  • Water problem resolved

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    After almost a year of trying to fix the problem, it appears the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District has lowered the level of a contaminate in the county’s drinking water.

    The area’s drinking water has had a higher than normal level of trihalomethanes since last year. Trihalomethanes are created when chlorine mixes with organic material, such as decaying leaves and algae, in the water pulled from the Catawba River, where Lancaster gets its water supply.

  • LIFT's 'An Evening in Italy' on Sept. 6

    From Release

    Building on last year’s sold-out event, “An Evening in Paris,” Learning Institute for Tomorrow (LIFT) will hold its annual fundraiser at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Bradley Arts & Science building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    This year’s event will have an Italian theme. The dcor of “An Evening in Italy” will give guests the feeling of strolling around an Italian piazza in Venice, Capri and other cities, while an Andre Bochelli DVD plays in the background.

  • Faculty welcomes students back to school

    Jenny Hartley,

    Gregory A. Summers and Jesef Williams

    news@thelancasternews.com

    It was a day of meeting old friends, making new ones, finding classrooms and meeting teachers. The excitement, anticipation and even anxiety were evident.

    Yes, it was the first day of the 2008-2009 school year in Lancaster County and everyone was trying to get acclimated.

    ‘Really good opening’ at A J Middle School

    Andrew Jackson Middle School seventh-grader Falicia Curry had trouble getting her locker to open during a class change Thursday morning.

  • IL Fall Into Fun Festival seeks sponsors

    From staff reports

    Organizers of this year’s Fall Into Fun festival are seeking sponsors, volunteers, vendors, silent auction items, bands and teen’s and children’s activities and entertainers for the annual festival, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Indian Land Middle School.

    Proceeds will benefit the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land. Organizers hope to raise about $25,000 this year.

    The festival, organized by the Indian Land Rotary Club and Carolina Gateway, is seeking additional sponsors this year through a tiered sponsorship plan.

  • County Council approves bid for new ambulances

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    Three new ambulances will be rolling into Lancaster County.

    At a special meeting Monday night, County Council voted to accept the low bid of $199,873 from Northwestern Emergency Vehicles, based in North Carolina.

    Other bids came in at $205,000 and $212,000, County Administrator Steve Willis said.

    The purchase had already been approved in the county’s 2008-2009 budget, but council members still had to vote on which company would supply the vehicles.

  • Silver by default

    Jenny Hartley and Jesef Williams

    news@thelancasternews.com

    Even though Van Wyck native Shawn Crawford didn’t bring home the gold, family members and other local supporters are prouder than ever of his 2008 Olympic performance.

    Crawford was awarded the silver medal in the men’s 200 meter final on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Beijing after two of his competitors were disqualified.

  • Crawford takes silver in 200m final results

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    After missteps by two competitors, Van Wyck native Shawn Crawford took silver in the men’s 200-meter final on Wednesday.

    Crawford, 30, was originally out of the medals at the end of the race. But U.S. teammate Wallace Spearmon and Churundy Martina of Netherlands Antilles stepped on lane lines, leading to disqualifications.

    That elevated Crawford, who entered as the defending Olympic champion, to silver and teammate Walter Dix to bronze.

  • Teachers getting ready for students to return to school

    Colorful posters and display boards have been hung along the first-grade hall at Erwin Elementary School.

    Sharon Minors, who teachers on that hall, said decorations are just a small part of the preparation for the first day of school.

    Lesson plans and classroom schedules are also coming together.