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  • The soundtrack of Black America

    It’s hard for Dennis Jones to explain the concept of chords and octaves. He’d rather spend that time trying to convey the immaculate feeling soul music gives him.
    Jones, a Lancaster native who’s played the keyboard for more than 30 years, breaks out into a rhythmic clap and dance routine on the spot. With no radio or instruments around, he imagines an upbeat drum cadence while pretending to play a piano melody at the same time.
    He says there’s nothing else in life that can give him such a thrill.

  • Blacks made positive impact on all races

    February is when we take time to celebrate Black History Month.      In previous editorials, we’ve said we wished there was no need to single out one month a year to recognize the accomplishments of one race who fought so long for equal rights.
    The accomplishments of blacks throughout the centuries should be integrated in history books right along with the accomplishments of others – such as Christopher Columbus, George Washington, and Meriwether Lewis and  William Clark.  

  • Car smoke leads to house fire in IL

    Nathan Pierce was shocked to see smoke suddenly coming from his 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix on Thursday evening. 

    Pierce, an Indian Land resident, had parked his car in the garage of his Hattington Drive home and went inside. But while he was cooking, he started to smell smoke.

    About 6:15 p.m., he stepped back into the garage, where smoke was coming from the front driver’s side of his car. 

  • Deputies shoot, kill man

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County deputies shot and killed a man Monday evening during a confrontation at a Lynwood Drive car wash.
    Deputy Coroner Karla Deese identified the victim as George Randall “Randy” Bowers, 56, of Lancaster.
    Sheriff Barry Faile said the shooting happened about 7:26 p.m. after deputies arrived at 2070 Lynwood Drive in Lancaster, the site of New Look Car Care car wash, in response to a call about a suspicious person.

  • Honeycutt wins second term on County Council

    It appears incumbent Larry Honeycutt has won six of seven precincts to return for a second term on Lancaster County Council District 4.
    The unofficial tallies Tuesday night had Honeycutt with 1,652 votes to challenger Philip Tillman’s 1,082 votes.
    Honeycutt said two boxes were key in his re-election bid.
    He noted wins at Jacksonham, 222 votes to 208, and in Douglas, 212 votes to 79.

  • Candidates: Jobs, reform top issues

    More than 180 local residents turned out to hear candidates from five mid-term elections answer questions about the economy, education, taxes and health care on Thursday night.

  • From their humble beginnings, fire departments have evolved

    The non-municipal departments of  Lancaster County were founded by community residents who saw a need for fire service in their communities. In some cases, a fire inspired the community to start its own department.

    Whatever the inspiration, most of these departments started off with little – often just a used fire truck, bought with money collected from community residents. A number of the county’s volunteer departments had their first truck before they had their fire station.

  • Democrats convene at fish bash

    FORT LAWN – U.S. Rep John Spratt says he still has a lot to offer, but told local Democrats that he’ll need their support more than ever to continue serving in Washington.

    Spratt, who’s facing Republican state Sen. Mick Mulvaney for the District 5 congressional seat, spoke Monday evening at the Lancaster County Democratic Party’s biennial fish bash, held at the Catawba Fish Camp in Fort Lawn.

    He was among several Democratic candidates who attended the rally.

  • Firefighting is in their blood

    “It’s in your blood.”

    That’s something writers from The Lancaster News who worked on the Always on Call series, a series that focused on the 19 fire departments in Lancaster County, heard over and over again from firefighters, most of whom are volunteers and not paid for their service, about why they do what they do.

    The desire to serve their communities, the drive to learn firefighting techniques, the satisfaction they derive from saving property and helping people – it’s in their blood.

  • Haley, Sheheen seek votes in race for governor

    Reforming state government, increasing education funding and growing the job sector are issues in South Carolina’s 2010 gubernatorial race.

    Republican Nikki Haley of Lexington and Democrat Vincent Sheheen of Camden are the two major candidates in the race.

    Both candidates serve in the Statehouse. Haley represents the 87th House district. Sheheen represents the 27th Senate district. The winner of the race will succeed Republcan Mark Sanford, who is finishing his second term.

    Haley: ‘Dedicated to creating competitive business environment’