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  • Black parents talk to kids about dealing with police

    In light of two recent shootings of black men by police, two Lancaster moms decided it was finally time to talk to their oldest children about the relationship between African-Americans and the police.

    "I never imagined that this would have to be a conversation – ever,” said Octavia “BJ” Harris, 33. “Never thought that I would be having to have these conversations with my 12- and 9-year-old boys.”

  • Alley clears lanes for last time

    The Lancaster Bowling Center (LBC) closed its doors for good Saturday night. The balls were racked and the gaudy shoes placed back on the shelf for the last time. 

    Owner/manager Freddie Robinson hung a sign on the front door Monday saying this was LBC's last week.

    "It's just time to retire," said Robinson. He also said the downturn in the economy played a part in the decision to close. 

  • Buford community comes together for Charlee

    What do Buford area church members, motorcycles, a vacation Bible school class, all kinds of cars and trucks, a church senior citizens group and local businesses have in common?
    All of them will play a role this Saturday in a fundraiser for a special little girl named Charlee Rivers and her family during a benefit run, barbecue plate sale and other activities at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church in Five Points.

  • Streetscape grows awry on North Hampton

    KERSHAW – A somewhat pesky European hornbeam tree in the front of a new business in the 100 block of North Hampton Street is about to get a new home at the town-owned golf course.
    Carolina Events Rental owner Angel Vail said isn’t opposed to attempts to keep the Hampton Street corridor, which is the town’s main street, green and attractive.

  • Lancaster man pleads guilty in adopted son’s death

    Lancaster resident Robert Jordan, 47, pleaded guilty Monday to infliction of great bodily injury upon a child in connection to the death of his disabled adopted son last fall.
    He was sentenced to 20 years, suspended upon the active service of 14 years in prison, followed by five years of probation, said 6th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Lisa Collins.
    Jordan was arrested Oct. 12 for the death of his 5-year-old adopted son, La'Marion Jordan. The boy died Sept. 4, 2015.
    Jordan was in jail from Oct. 12 until April 14, when he bonded out.

  • Local man murdered in Monroe

    Danny McGriff Jr., 39, of Lancaster was murdered Tuesday night just outside the Relax Inn in Monroe, N.C.
    Monroe police officers found his body on a walkway just outside the motel on West Roosevelt Boulevard just before 11:30 p.m. when they responded to reports of a shooting.
    McGriff had been shot in the chest.
    Three men and one woman were arrested Thursday afternoon by Monroe Police Department detectives and N.C. Bureau of Investigation special agents.
    Monroe Police Department detectives and N.C. Bureau of Investigation

  • Whitewater Center dumps water into river

    The U.S. National Whitewater Center received approval from North Carolina officials Wednesday to begin treating about 6 million gallons of water believed to contain a potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba and discharge it into the Catawba River.
    The river supplies drinking water to Lancaster County.

  • Duracell powers down in Lancaster

    Duracell will start phasing down operations at its Lancaster location next March to consolidate production of AA and AAA line of batteries at a single plant in LaGrange, Ga.
    Company officials told The Lancaster News of its future plans early Wednesday afternoon.
    The S.C. 9 Bypass West plant, which manufactures AA alkaline batteries, has about 430 employees and is the county’s seventh largest employer.

  • Duracell to power down Lancaster plant

    Chicago – Duracell announced today, July 27, that it is consolidating North American production of AA and AAA batteries from two U.S. plants to one facility in LaGrange, Ga.

  • Bike/walk study seeks community feedback

    The Rock Hill and Fort Mill Area Transportation Study (RFATS) is seeking community input on its effort to facilitate bicycle and pedestrian connectivity by creating local bikeways, walkways and trails.
    An online survey is available through July 31 asking what would make the community safer and more friendly for walking and biking. It also wants to know what destinations that are most likely safe to walk and bike to, as well as demographic information. It also asks survey takers to rank types of bike facilities.