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  • Prom season begins tonight

    The itinerary is set. The dresses and tuxedos are picked out and ready to go.

    But before Lancaster High School juniors and seniors head to their prom Saturday, officials wanted to remind them about the dangers of drinking and driving.

    On Thursday afternoon, those two classes gathered in the school's auditorium to hear a presentation about drunk driving and then sign a prom promise to not consume alcohol on Saturday.

  • 'I should have been smarter,' says woman fighting AIDS

    Yvonne "Bay Bay" Miller wants people to know a few things about AIDS.

    There's no such thing as safe sex, only safer sex, and it doesn't take long for the disease to develop from HIV to full-blown AIDS.

    People don't die from AIDS; they die from AIDS-related complications due to a ravaged immune system.

    Miller, 48, should know.

    She has AIDS, and she wants people to know her story before she dies, so maybe she can help someone before it's too late for them. She has a drive to look out for others, especially young people, who often think, "It can't happen to me."

  • A.R. Rucker students rally for Relay

    When A.R. Rucker Middle School student Brandon Newton picked sixth-grade teacher Anita Watts for a pie in the face, his fellow students went wild.

    One should never underestimate the joy middle school students will take in embarrassing their teachers. Thursday's embarrassment for teachers was for a good cause.

    The students and teachers at A.R. Rucker poured their hearts into their Relay for Life fundraiser this year, raising more than $9,000 – more than doubling their goal of $4,000.

  • NAACP honors Twitty with Pioneer Award

    HEATH SPRINGS – Staunch Democrat, voting rights and land cooperative leader.

    These are words that describe Gonze L ee Twitty, a local farmer who was recently recognized by the Lancaster branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with the Pioneer Award. Educational leaders T.T. Barnes and Fred Thomas Jr. and voting rights leader Juanita Walker also received the award.

  • Report: shoplifting suspect bit police officer on hand

    While one officer worked to take a bite out of crime, the man he had just arrested took a bite out of him.

    Terry Andre Stradford, 42, of 1216 Memorial Park Road, led a Lancaster police officer on a pursuit about 2 p.m. Saturday after it was reported that Stradford shoplifted from the Rite Aide on Main Street, according to an incident report.

    The officer had to drag Stradford from the crawl space of a house to arrest him, a report said.

  • McDougal: SMH future is bright

    Tom McDougal listens intently as cardiologist Mark Ciminelli discusses some of the new equipment in the cath lab at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    This is the first time that McDougal, the hospital's chief executive officer, has gotten a walk-through of the room, which includes an X-ray station, information screens and about 50 different type of catheters. All of the equipment is just a few weeks old.

  • Nurse killed in Pineville had local ties

    Virginia Sanchez's life began in turmoil, say her grandparents, the Rev. Bill and Saundra Ferguson of Lancaster.

    Sanchez lived with different family members when she was young, including with the Fergusons. She was emancipated from her parents at 16.

    "She had some teenage problems, like a lot of teenagers do," Saundra Ferguson said. "It took a while to get past that, but she was starting to turn her life around."

  • Straight-A student's angry plans for 'Columbine III'

    CHESTERFIELD – "He recognized his anger."

    Chesterfield Police Chief Randall Lear offered insight into the mind of Chesterfield High senior Ryan Schallenberger, 18, who was charged Saturday with plotting to detonate bombs at his school.

    Lear said the young man was angry – and had planned to let the world know.

    Deputies charged the high school senior Saturday after finding plans for an assault on students and teachers. Schallenberger called his plan "Columbine III," police said.

  • Vaughn dissents on referendum issue

    Most of County Council agreed to appoint a committee that will determine the needs of the county and write a bond referendum question for voters in the November election.

    Council passed a resolution at its April 7 meeting to form the Lancaster County capital projects sales tax commission. The vote was 6-1, with Councilman Bryan Vaughn voting against it.

    The committee will be made up of three members appointed by County Council and two from Lancaster City Council. The two members from City Council will appoint one more member, who will be from either Heath Springs or Kershaw.

  • Coalition to hold town hall meeting

    Did you know that nearly three out of every 10 high school seniors in Lancaster County reported being drunk at least once in the last month?

    The Lancaster County Prevention Coalition, which conducts studies on underage drinking, is holding a town hall meeting Thursday in hopes of reducing those numbers.

    The Underage Drinking Prevention town hall meeting will be 6 p.m. at Lancaster High School auditorium. The community is invited to attend.