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  • Students reach out to girl who lost everything in house fire

    They’re probably too young to understand the ins and outs of home insurance. And they may not be able to explain all the conditions that might cause a house fire.

    But there’s one thing for sure – North Elementary School kindergartners realize how much help a person needs if they lose their home in a fire.

    Saniiya Mingo, a kindergartner at the school, has received much support from fellow students and her teachers after her Chandler Place home burned a week ago.

    Take kindergartner Julia Sowell, for instance.

  • Storms cause no severe damage in county

    Lancaster County was lucky, despite tornado warnings and the severe thunderstorms that brought heavy rain Friday night and early Saturday morning.

    Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell said while no property damage from the storms had been reported as of Saturday afternoon, people were still on edge.

    “There were a lot of people concerned last night, and for good reason,” Russell said. “But I think we got lucky again.”

  • District names contest winners

    The Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District announced the winners of its 2007 conservation contests last week.

    The contest, open to students in the Lancaster County School District, carried the theme The Living Soil.

    Elementary school participants made either poster boards or bulletin boards that tied into soil and conservation. Four classes entered the conservation bulletin board contest and 500 students throughout the district entered the poster contest.

  • Annual Relay for Life just a few weeks away

    The American Cancer Society has enjoyed consistent support from Lancaster County for 13 years, as  local residents have managed to raise more than $1 million for research during the annual Relay for Life.

    Despite hard economic times, volunteers are confident giving will stay plentiful in this year’s Relay for Life.

  • Wayne Carter plays God in latest Community Playhouse production

    Indian Land resident Wayne Carter played Jesus in 2002 and today, he’ll get to play God in “Children of Eden,” opening at the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County.

    “The play is based on the first nine and a half chapters of the Book of Genesis and is really the story of parents and children, and the growing pains they experience as their children grow up,” Carter said. “They learn that they have to let go of the ones they love so they can find their own way.”

  • Group wants 160 local businesses to sign pledge to help stop underage drinking

    Businesses that sell alcohol are being asked to help curtail underage drinking in this area.

    The Lancaster County Prevention Coalition is asking restaurants, bars and other establishments  to sign a covenant that says they will not sell alcohol to minors and will help patrons make better decisions.

    Prevention coalition members and a group of volunteers went out to businesses Thursday seeking their participation.

  • 1 man shot, another robbed

    A Lancaster man tells police he was robbed at gunpoint Monday afternoon and another man was shot in the leg later that day in what appears to be unrelated incidents.

    Police responded to a call at 4:44 p.m. and saw a man standing in the road around the 500th block of Hampton Road.

    The man told police that another man came up to his van, put a handgun in his face and ordered him to exit the vehicle, according to an incident report.

    A second man punched the victim in the back and a third man put a pistol in his face, the report said.

  • Driver escapes collision without serious injuries

    A man driving a Honda Civic was taken to the hospital Wednesday after he was struck by an 18-wheeler at the intersection of S.C. 9 Bypass and Meeting Street/Camp Creek Road.

    Lancaster police got a call at 6:20 p.m. about the accident. When officers arrived, the truck was rammed into the right side of the Honda, Sgt. Paul Smith said.

    According to witnesses, Tracey Jeffcoat, the driver of the truck, was traveling east on S.C. 9 Bypass and the Honda was coming from Camp Creek Road, heading through the intersection to Meeting Street, Pfc. Dustynn Burlingame said.

  • Public invited to April 16 unveiling ceremony of law enforcement memorial

    A project five years in the making will be unveiled in the next couple of weeks.

    Sal and Lois Rao of Lancaster have worked for five years to see that a law enforcement memorial to honor those in Lancaster County who have died in the line of duty was built here.

    Their hard work has come to fruition, and the public will be able to see the black granite memorial unveiled at the corner of Dunlap and Catawba streets, behind the Lancaster County Courthouse, on April 16.

  • Seniors, veterans need to file returns to get payment

    Just because you haven’t been required to file a federal tax return because you receive government benefits as income in past years doesn’t mean you won’t have to this year.

    If you want to take part in this year’s economic stimulus package, you’ll have to file a return.