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  • Bless Fest geared to youth

    The youth will be the focus at the third-annual Bless Fest, a weekend-long function that has become a staple in Lancaster.

    The Bless Fest is Saturday and Sunday at Shekinah Word Center, 1001 W. Meeting St.

    A youth workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will feature various guests from the local community. Speakers include Bobby Bailey of Adopt-A-Leader, Tyrom Faulkner of the Fatherhood Project and Lynette Garris from Victory Worship Center.

  • Three men charged in robbery

    KERSHAW – Three Lancaster men were arrested shortly after sheriff’s deputies say they robbed a Kershaw resident on Baxter Kennington Road on Thursday.

    Sedrick Edroco Stevens, 23, of 425 Morris Road, Kevin Marquie Montgomery, 21, of 4910 Rowell Road, and Casey Bernard Montgomery, 21, of 1961 Pinta Drive, were each charged with strong arm robbery, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

  • ACT scores rise at all four district high schools

    The Lancaster County School District saw a substantial increase in its 2009 ACT scores, along with an increase in the number of students who took the college entrance exam.

    The American College Testing Program released scores last week.

    The district’s 2009 high school seniors had an average composite score of 17.9 on the test’s 36-point scale. That’s up .5 from 2008 when the district’s score in 2008 was 17.4.

  • Miner honored for work at county rec department

    Jean Miner enjoys helping other people in the community, but said she was shocked when the spotlight was recently turned on her.

    As a longtime employee of the Lancaster County Recreation Department, Miner, 70, was recently honored as the county’s Employee of the Quarter. Miner’s coworkers informed her of her win, but the shock had not worn off when she accepted her plaque at County Council’s July 27 meeting.

  • Sheheen makes campaign stop here

    Julia Truesdale had several questions in mind as she waited Monday night to speak with state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, one of four Democrats now running for governor.

    Truesdale was interested in Sheheen’s views on education funding and high school dropout rates.

    “I wanted to meet him personally,” Truesdale said. “I wanted to know what he’s going to do with education, especially with African-American males because of their high dropout rates. That’s my question and he (Sheheen) seems to have some great ideas to put in place.”

  • AJ High to celebrate its 40th anniversary

    KERSHAW – Anticipation is mounting for Andrew Jackson High School’s 40th anniversary celebration.

    All alumni and former faculty are asked to come back to the school Friday and Saturday for a host of events, including tailgating, a special football game, field day and a dance.

    AJHS Athletics Director Dale Reeves hopes to see at least 7,000 people at the football stadium Friday, when the Volunteers host Lancaster High School in its first home game of the 2009 season.

  • DeMint assails government-run health care plan

    Laying down their blow torches and tools for a few minutes, several employees at Metso Power in Lancaster had a chance to speak with U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint on Friday.

    Gathering in the company’s break room, employees asked the Republican senator questions, ranging from health care to job creation and welfare.

    DeMint stopped by the manufacturing company in the Lancaster Business Park as part of his South Carolina on the Move tour. He’s visiting communities across the state, promoting his ideas on health care and answering questions about the economy.

  • Police reports - Sept. 13, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Someone called in a bomb threat to the police department at about 5:15 p.m. Sept. 9.

    The report said a call came into the 911 center at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. The caller told a dispatcher that the police department would blow up. The caller, whom the dispatcher said sounded like a young black man, then hung up.

    Officers searched the police department and found nothing suspicious, the report said.

  • Time to Celebrate Van Wyck

    VAN WYCK – Residents of Van Wyck are busy preparing for the 11th annual Celebrate Van Wyck Festival.  

    Residents work together to make the festival happen, said Ollie Bass, president of the Van Wyck Community Development Club, which sponsors the event.

    The 2009 festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a presentation of the colors by the Indian Land High School JROTC color guard. There will also be an invocation and the national anthem will be played.

    Gene Reinhardt will have 15 or more games and activities for the children.

  • Spinners coming to town Aug. 29

    We were so excited to see The Spinners kick off the 2009-10 Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster that we jumped the gun.

    The concert is Aug. 29, not Saturday as reported in Wednesday’s edition of The Lancaster News.

    The other information in the story was right. The only thing that’s wrong was the date.

    Peggy Little, See Lancaster director, was very understanding over the snafu.