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  • Two to vie for District 2 seat

    There will be a two-man race to determine who’ll become the newest member of the Lancaster County school board.

    Lancaster resident Terrence Jenkins is the second and last person to file for the District 2 seat vacated last month by Charlene McGriff, who stepped down after winning a seat on County Council.

    Jenkins filed Monday, within an hour before the noon deadline, according to Election Commission officials. He will face Tyrom Faulkner, who put his name in the race Dec. 11, the first day filing opened for the seat.

  • Guardsmen will be home for Christmas

    Christmas has come early for local soldiers in a National Guard unit bound for Afghanistan at the start of 2010.

    News broke earlier this week that members of the 1222nd Combat Engineers, which includes soldiers from Lancaster and York counties, would not be able to make it home for the holidays from training in Fort McCoy, Wisc.

    The unit needed about $35,000 to make a bus trip home. The military would not fund it, and the money needed to be raised by families of the soldiers.

  • County to give HOPE $3,000

    With HOPE in Lancaster’s food banks deluged with needy families this holiday season, Lancaster County Council decided to offer some assistance.

    Council voted 4 to 2 at a special meeting Monday to fund an emergency allocation of $3,000 for the charitable organization. Councilmen Larry McCullough and Jack Estridge dissented.

    Councilwoman Kathy Sistare, who also sits on HOPE’s board of directors, recused herself from the discussion and vote.

  • ILMS teacher pleads guilty in sex case

    A former Indian Land Middle School teacher and coach will go to jail and be required to register as a sex offender after carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a 12-year-old student earlier this year.

  • Man wounded in drive-by shooting

    A 22-year-old Lancaster man was wounded in what police believe was a drive-by shooting late Friday afternoon.

    Lancaster Police Department officers, Lancaster Fire Department and Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services were called to the area of Hughes and Gay streets about 4:15 p.m. Friday.

    The victim ended up lying on a flat-bed trailer in the yard of a Hughes Street home.

  • Springs Memorial Hospital selects Arbour as CEO

    Douglas T. Arbour has been appointed chief executive officer of Springs Memorial Hospital.

    “I look forward to working with the board, physicians and employees of Springs Memorial Hospital as we continue to build on the positive momentum of the hospital,” Arbor said. “The community is terrific and my family is looking forward to calling Lancaster home.”

    He will begin January 5.

  • Carolina Community Actions offers utility assistance

    Carolina Community Actions Inc. has funds available to help low-income residents keep the cold outside this winter with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Applicants can apply at Carolina Community Actions  at 101 S. Wylie St., Lancaster.

  • Councilwoman seeks to oust administrator

    A Lancaster City Council member moved to fire City Administrator Helen Sowell on Tuesday night, but her motion failed for lack of support.

    After council returned from closed session to discuss a personnel matter and receive legal advice, Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace made a motion to fire Sowell.

    The motion died for lack of a second, meaning Blackmon-Brace’s proposal never made it to the table for a vote.

  • Santa Claus stops early in Van Wyck

    VAN WYCK – Santa Claus wasn’t the only one making a list and checking it twice this year.

    Unfolding a large sheet of yellow paper Saturday morning, Betty George scanned a list of families, children and senior citizens who were in need of gifts this Christmas.

    As organizer of this year’s Van Wyck Angel Tree program, and a member of the Van Wyck Community Initiative, which sponsored the event, George helped collect toys and household goods for people in her community.

  • Artisans Center preps for New Year's Eve bash

    Angie Rollings spray-painted branches silver, while Deah Stogner hung snowflakes in the window of the Artisans Center, Lancaster’s newest nonprofit art center, on Wednesday afternoon.

    Tiffany Copen and her mother, Susan Moore, arranged the silver branches into clear, decorative cubes and began adding a string of white lights to the display.