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  • 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.

  • Crawford to run for gold medal

    BEIJING – Defending Olympic champion Shawn Crawford moved several strides closer to bringing home another gold medal in the men's 200-meter race at the Beijing Olympics on Monday.

    Crawford, 30, the reigning 200-meter Olympic champion, came in second in the semi-finals, behind the favored Usain Bolt of Jamaica. Crawford's time was 20.12 seconds, the third-best overall in the semi-finals.

    Crawford's U.S. teammates, Walter Dix and Wallace Spearmon, also made the final. Dix's semi-final time was 20.19 seconds, and Spearmon's was 20.14 seconds.

  • Blaze destroys lumber at building supply business

    A fire at Dave Lyles Wholesale on Sunday morning was likely caused by a lightning strike, officials say.

    Fire departments were called to the fire at 8:15 a.m., said Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell.

    The fire burned a storage building at the building supply business on Landsford Road.

    Riverside, Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Indian Land, Shiloh Zion, Antioch and Elgin volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze.

  • PURPLE HEART: Messer family wants truth

    Shelby Messer still wears a U.S. Army “Army of One” t-shirt. She wears it for her son Charlie Messer, a soldier wounded in war, who was killed in a car crash Dec. 22, 2007.

    Charlie volunteered, joined the army, and went to war in Iraq. He was wounded June 15, 2007.

    Shelby needs closure. The truth will give it to her. But the truth of what happened that day isn’t currently available.

    Charlie’s family believes he was injured in combat that day and should get the Purple Heart.

  • Cell phone policy seeks to eliminate disruptions

    A revised cell phone policy is one of several changes to take note of as the new year begins in the Lancaster County School District.

    If students are caught using a cell phone during school hours, it will be confiscated and sent to the district's office of safety and transportation.

    In the past, if a phone was taken, the student would often get it back at the end of the school day, said Bryan Vaughn, who oversees that office. Starting this year, the student's parent will have to schedule a meeting with Vaughn, who will review the phone policy and then return the phone.