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  • Playhouse to stage ‘Oliver!’ at LHS

    “Oliver!” is coming back to the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County stage.

    The playhouse will perform “Oliver!” a musical based on the classic Charles Dickens novel, “Oliver Twist,” on Friday and Saturday, and April 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m, at the Lancaster High School Auditorium.

    A matinee will be performed at 3 p.m. April 25.

  • Southern Starry Night = food, fashion and fun

    Several nonprofit organizations are coming together for a Southern Starry Night of food, fashion and fun.

    Proceeds from the show, Southern Starry Nights, will benefit the Lancaster Children’s Home and Indian Land Rotary Club.

  • New businesses discussed at economic development meeting

    Attracting new businesses to the county was a central theme at the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp.’s annual meeting Monday.

    LCEDC President Keith Tunnell highlighted development projects that he hopes will stimulate the local economy. More than 100 people attended the meeting, held at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Looking at the southern end of the county, Tunnell congratulated Romarco Minerals for reopening the Haile Gold Mine in Kershaw.

  • Lancaster native receives University of Wisconsin honor

    MADISON, Wis. – Dr. Deborah B. Cureton is a winner of the 2010 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award, an annual honor given to students, faculty and staff to recognize their contributions to diversity and the status of women within the University of Wisconsin system.

    Cureton, interim CEO and dean at UW-Richland, earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the University of South Carolina. The Lancaster native was the former associate dean at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Man says he was shot while walking

    A Lancaster man told police that he was shot as he walked on Elm Street on Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, an officer in the parking lot of a store on York Street heard about five gunshots coming from the area of Cedar and Elm streets about 9:30 p.m.

    The officer drove around the area and heard a man yelling that he had been shot. The officer found the man on the front porch of an Elm Street home.

  • Soil, water district commissioner candidates sought

    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District has two commissioner positions open for election in November 2010 on the general election ballot.  

    Conservation district commissioners run for office on a county-wide, non-partisan basis, which means they do not run as a member of a political party. The positions have no salary and receive no payment or benefits.  

    Candidates must be registered voters of Lancaster County. Commissioners attend monthly meetings. There are area and statewide meetings for training and education in their duties.  

  • District gets below-average grade in review

    The Lancaster County School District received a below average on its state-issued report card for 2009, the same rating it got in 2008.

    But seven district schools improved on their absolute ratings in the report cards from 2008 to 2009, and 14 schools in the district saw an increase in their growth ratings in 2009.

    • Absolute ratings are based on overall student performance on standardized tests.

  • Businesses question Streetscape plan

    Adam Lyles doesn’t like one aspect of a proposed beautification effort for Lancaster’s South Main Street.

    Lyles, owner of Premier Motors, thinks planting trees along the sidewalk would block the view of vehicles he’s trying to sell.

    These proposed trees are part of the city’s Streetscape project, which has resulted in new curbing, sidewalks, greenery and other improvements on Main Street. The project began on the north end a number of years ago and is making its way southward.

  • School bus catches fire while returning home from field trip

    A school field trip ended in flames for some South Middle School students on Friday.

    Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the Lancaster County School District, said the 1990s model Thomas Built bus caught fire on Woodland Drive near Laurel Court about 7 p.m.

    The bus was returning from a choral event at Carowinds.

    The bus driver, Tim Bailey, noticed smoke coming from the back of the bus and pulled over, Vaughn said.

    Bailey then noticed heavier smoke and  flames and evacuated the 33 students and three teachers from the bus.

  • Local candidates needed for watershed directors

    Voters in Lancaster County will elect four watershed directors in the November general election " two for Cane Creek Watershed District and two for Little Lynches Watershed District.

    Watershed districts in Lancaster County oversee the maintenance and operation of five large flood-control dams that protect the city of Lancaster and the town of Kershaw.