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  • McDonald Green: A mix of young, veteran members

    Not long ago, Thomas Hagwood walked the halls of Lancaster High School.

    His daily chats centered on class schedules, favorite teachers and pop quizzes. At lunch, he’d joke around with friends and discuss sports, music and girls. His outfits were casual.

    Now, three years later, Thomas finds himself in a different setting. His conversations are more serious, and so is his attire. One look at him, and you can tell he’s someone who protects his community.

  • Judge denies bond to man charged in child’s death

    One of the men charged in the killing of a 3-year-old girl in May was in court on Friday hoping to receive bond.

    Marico Lamont Stevens, 29, of 2517 Douglas Road, Lancaster, has been charged with murder in the death of Jaylen Jackson.

    A bond hearing was held Friday for Stevens.

    Judge Craig Brown denied bond for Stevens, 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said.

    Stevens was one of several men involved in a gunfight in May on Athena Road. Jackson was seated in a car when she was caught in the crossfire and shot in the head.

  • Comedy ‘Lend Me a Tenor’ to debut tonight

    Theater lovers looking for laughs are sure to find them this weekend as the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County begins its run of “Lend Me a Tenor.”

    The show opens at 8 p.m. tonight at Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. There will also be 8 p.m. shows on Saturday and Oct. 1-2. A matinee begins at 3 p.m. Sunday.

    Sheri Marvin, a theater veteran, is making her CPLC directorial debut with “Lend Me a Tenor.”

  • Home delivery

    New parents Omileye Achikeobi-Lewis and Derrick Lewis got what they literally call their miraculous surprise on Aug. 28.

    Achikeobi-Lewis, 40, had tried for 14 years to conceive. On Aug. 28, she gave birth to a healthy girl the couple named Omololu Iyanu, which means “my child is my blessing” and “surprise and miraculous.”

    But Omololu wasn’t born in a hospital, although the Lewises had every intention of going to one for her birth.

  • Elgin has fought some of county’s biggest fires

    Randy White is trying to think of the right word.

    White, assistant chief of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department, is talking about how he feels about being one of the firefighters who helped put out the blaze at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse on the morning of Aug. 4, 2008.

  • Man gets 10-year sentence for lewd act on a minor charge

    A Lancaster man on trial for inappropriately touching a 4-year-old girl told a jury this week that he made up his confession to police so he could go home.

    Cordaro Cunningham, 20, was charged by the Lancaster Police Department in May 2008 with committing a lewd act on a minor.

    A jury found Cunningham guilty of the charge during his trial this week, and Judge Craig Brown sentenced Cunningham to 10 years in prison.

  • Filing now under way to fill school board seat

    A special election will be held Nov. 30 to fill the school board seat that was vacated earlier this month by Dr. Peter Barry’s death.

    Filing for the seat will begin noon today and end at noon Oct. 4.

    The Lancaster County school board unanimously approved those dates at its meeting Tuesday.

    Barry had served District 4 since 2004. His successor will serve the two years remaining on the current term, and would have to run again in 2012.

    School board seats are non-partisan.

  • Ride to benefit HOPE in Lancaster

    Area families in need will benefit from a local motorcycle event this weekend.

    Second Baptist Church in Lancaster is hosting its Benefit & Ride for HOPE in Lancaster fundraiser this Saturday beginning at 9 p.m.

    Proceeds will go to HOPE, a charitable organization that assists county residents with food, rent and utility bills.

    “Because of the economy, we felt this was the right thing to do,” organizer Glenn Totherow said about giving to HOPE.

  • Native, union official wants residents at Washington event

    Lancaster residents who’d like to participate in a march on Washington on Oct. 2 can catch the bus.

    The district office of the United Steel Workers in Charlotte is encouraging residents to get on the bus to march on Washington, D.C., as part of One Nation Working Together.

  • Old jail may be used for training

    Members of the Lancaster Fire Department may be able to use the old Lancaster jail as a venue to gain valuable training experience.

    Officials learned this summer that the historic jail, built in 1823, has suffered cracks in the ceiling caused by vibrations from nearby  road maintenance.

    County Council has since considered several options to address the problem.

    One idea is to have the city fire department repair the ceiling, which would satisfy the structural collapse portion of their ongoing training for USAR (urban search and rescue).