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  • Black ministerial group wants to take on gangs

    Local black ministers made a strong statement against violence on Monday as they invited the community to meet with them to come up with ideas on how to take back Lancaster’s neighborhoods.

    The Black Ministerial Alliance held a press conference Monday at First Washington Baptist Church.

    The church’s pastor, the Rev. Frank Butler, said the community – in particular, the African-American community – must stand in unity against gangs.

  • Relay collects more than $200,000

    The economy may be down, but local residents and businesses still found a way to give to Lancaster’s 15th annual Relay for Life.

    The event, held April 23 and 24 to raise local awareness and funds for cancer prevention, treatments and cures, raised $204,700.

    The amount, raised by 63 teams, was very close to the projected goal of $215,000, said American Cancer Society representative Sue McLeese.

    “It’s absolutely stupefying, it’s wonderful,” McLeese said. “That is just the best pat on the back and high five you could get.”

  • Heritage expo starts Thursday

    Remembering local heritage and finding ways to create a brighter future will be focal points of this week’s Preserving Our Family, Community and Heritage LanCity Expo 2010, which runs Thursday through Saturday.

    The expo, being held for the fifth time, is presented by the United Heritage Total Family Outreach.

    The event will bring locals, former residents and special guests together to share what makes Lancaster County special while also discussing what can be done to improve conditions locally.

  • Catawba Fish Camp undergoing repairs; won’t open this weekend

    FORT LAWN – For the first time in about 35 years, the Catawba Fish Camp will be closed this weekend.

    Hungry folks looking for popcorn shrimp, hush puppies and cole slaw (sweet or sour) this weekend will have to go elsewhere. The restaurant just across the Lancaster County line on the banks of the Catawba River is usually open Wednesday through Saturday.

    About 8 a.m. Sunday morning, a transformer behind the landmark restaurant caught fire, said owner Bobby Edwards.

  • Adult Education graduation: Opening up doors for a brighter future

    William and Rebecca Steen worked for Springs Industries at the Grace plant for a combined 80 years. But when the company moved its operations overseas, the husband and wife were left without a job and unable to find decent work.

    The Heath Springs couple decided to start classes at Lancaster Adult Education, and now they’re able to celebration the complete of their GED (General Educational Development) requirements.

  • Mullis juggled illness, family tragedy to earn diploma

    Devin Mullis’ walk across the stage Friday at Buford High School’s graduation was an experience she doubted would ever happen.

    Her grandfather died when she was about to start the ninth grade. And to make matters worse, her brother, Jeremy, died a few days later from blood clots. Jeremy was a rising senior at Buford High.

    Devin said she couldn’t handle the fact that he wasn’t around and opted for home schooling much of her ninth-grade year. The talks of how much everyone at BHS missed Jeremy was too much for her to bear.

  • Progress being made on city projects

    The work you see on the southern end of Main Street aren’t the only improvements taking form.

    Brian Tripp, of engineering firm W.K. Dickson, updated Lancaster City Council on Tuesday about the various project that group is overseeing for the city.

    Tripp said the upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant are about 15 percent complete.

    The city wants to install a chemical feed system to address the phosphorous the plant discharges into the Catawba River. The feed system will control the pH levels, as well.

  • Hinson: Decision to leave AJ ranks high among toughest coaching moves

    KERSHAW – Former Andrew Jackson High School head football coach Brian Hinson said his choice to resign the Volunteers’ post 16 days after he took the job ranks as one of his toughest coaching decisions.

    “I’d put it in the top three,” said Hinson, who spoke by phone from his Salisbury, N.C., home early Thursday night after attempts to reach him earlier in the day by The Lancaster News failed.

  • Buford High: ‘Our job to change the world for the better’

    Buford High School salutatorian Kaylee Mahaffey’s speech talked about a certain slow animal – the turtle.

    Mahaffey said she chose to talk about the turtle because it has to stick its neck out to go through life, and cannot hide in its shell.

    She said high school has been but a passing act in the students’ lives. Graduation is a sad but exciting time, and the class of 2010 has been properly prepared for the next act, so there is no reason to fear the future.

  • Councilwoman says husband will operate business

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace says changes are in the works with her business, Blackmon-Brace’s Bonding Co.

    Blackmon-Brace, who’s owned and operated the Lancaster business for about 14 years, returned her bail bonding license to the S.C. Department of Insurance on May 14.

    In January, the department found that her position on City Council posed a conflict with the business.