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  • A.R. Rucker a Red Carpet winner for second time

    For the second time, A.R. Rucker Middle School has been recognized as a Red Carpet school by the state Department of Education.

    Eight middle schools in South Carolina won the award, which highlights schools that boast family-friendly environments.

    A.R. Rucker Middle, the only winner in Lancaster County School District this year, will receive red carpets with the state seal to display in its lobby. The school will maintain the recognition for three years. A.R. Rucker first won the rep carpet in 2004.

  • City's decision shocks See Lancaster officials

    See Lancaster officials expressed shock Thursday after Lancaster City Council voted to yank away $198,000 in funding for the promotions and tourism group.

    After a closed-door session, council voted:

    • To fund See Lancaster $27,829 of its $36,829 shortfall to pay staff salaries through the end of the month

    • To initiate an independent audit of the group at the city's expense

    • To cut the group's $198,000 from the city's proposed 2008-09 budget

    All the votes were unanimous, with Councilman Audrey Curry and Preston Blackmon not present.

  • Prostitution sting nets four arrests

    Four Lancaster woman were arrested and charged after a prostitution sting Thursday night.

    Sherry R. Cauthen, 37, of 920 16th St., and Stefanie Ann Redfern, 26, of 940 8th St., were charged with prostitution, third offense or greater.

    Latisha Dion Gladden, 28, of 413 Victoria St., and Victoria Lee Webber, 38, of 934 8th St., were charged with prostitution, first offense.

    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies had undercover agents posing as customers.

    As soon as the women agreed on a deal, they were arrested, a report said.

  • Child safety focus of event at Lancaster High

    Organizers want the fourth annual Child Safety Day to be fun and informative for youth and adults alike.

    The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster High School.

    There will be three workshops during the day – one on nutrition, another about Internet safety and the third about drugs and alcohol.

    Various groups and agencies throughout the county will have booths set up to share information about their programs and services. The Amber Alert network, gang violence and self defense are some of the topics that will be covered.

  • Locals react to Obama's nomination

    There's plenty of local excitement about Barack Obama's historic victory this week in the Democratic contest for president.

    The first-term Illinois senator will become the first ever black presidential nominee for a major political party in the United States. On Tuesday, he earned enough delegates to clinch the win over New York senator and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. He will be formally named the Democratic nominee at the national party convention in August.

    Perhaps nobody in Lancaster County is more thrilled about that than Linda Blackmon-Brace.

  • Tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of an attack in public

    Self-defense manuals will tell you that a victim is never at fault in an attack – 100 percent of the blame lies with the perpetrator.

    But what would you do if you were attacked in public? Have you thought about your safety in a store parking lot?

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard suggests several tips that will help keep you safer at local stores and parking lots.

  • International festival features a bit of 'everything and everybody'

    The fourth annual Multi-Cultural Information Center International Festival will be Saturday, and it promises to be the largest and most diverse one yet.

    The event, slated for noon to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of Starr Hall at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, is intended to showcase the value of ethnic diversity in the community, said Sal Estrada, president of the MCIC and festival organizer.

    "The purpose is to re-introduce the multicultural center to the community and allow the this community to see the people who make it up," Estrada said.

  • Carjacked: A mother's worst nightmare

    He has my children.

    "All you can yell is, 'He has my children,'" said carjacking survivor April Deese, 29. She screamed that as a man stole her Honda Odyssey van with her sons still inside and headed down Main Street last week.

    Deese took her sons bowling and out to eat while her husband, Ryan, attended a men's night at Second Baptist Church on May 29. After supper, she and the boys went to Kmart.

  • County, schools a step closer to sharing funds

    County Council and the school board are a step closer to establishing an agreement to share money the county gets from residential developers.

    Since last year, members from the two entities have been discussing ways to help deal with growth in the county. The idea is to require developers coming to provide money that can help build new schools or maintain and improve existing buildings.

  • Brakes fail, causing woman to crash car into her own house

    Brake failure caused a Lancaster woman to ram her car into her own home Tuesday afternoon.

    Kwame Harris was approaching the stop sign at Pine Street near Springs Memorial Hospital when she realized her 1990 four-door Cadillac wouldn't stop.

    Her house was just a few yards away – on the other side of Meeting Street – so she turned right onto Meeting Street and immediately got into the median.