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  • City OKs four-way stop signs for intersection near school

    If you’ve been at Discovery School around 3:15 p.m. on a weekday, it’s a good chance you’ve seen the traffic build up at Dunlap and French streets.

    School staff have reported to the Lancaster Police Department that there’s been heavy congestion and several near-accidents at that intersection near the front of the school.

    Most of Discovery School’s 100 or so students are car riders, and half of them (the third- through fifth-graders) are picked up at that intersection.

  • City votes down ordinance on utility trailers

    Lancaster resident Richard Simpson is disappointed by City Council’s decision Tuesday on a proposed trailer ordinance.

    Simpson was one of several residents who had voiced concerns more than a month ago after an ordinance was proposed that, if passed, would place specific limitations on the parking of utility trailers and similar recreational vehicles in residential areas in the city.

  • Buford’s marching show may seem foreign to viewers

    Senior percussionist Kendall Threatt believes the Buford High School marching band has gotten better and better the last few years.

    Threatt, who mans the quad drums, said the band has increased in size and improved musically over the past few years.

    Director Alan Bishop echoes those beliefs.

    While faced with more difficult music, band members are much further ahead with their marching drills compared to last year, Bishop said. He credits that to hard work and strong leadership from his officers.  

  • Teens charged in burglary

    Two teenagers were arrested on burglary charges after a woman returned home Monday to find them inside her Kelly Road house.

    Dustin Cauthen, 19, of 1105 Potter Road, and Terrance Moore, 16, of 548 Steele St., have been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with first-degree burglary and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime.

    According to an incident report, the women told deputies that she went into her home and saw teens standing in her hallway.

    She said she yelled at the teens and asked them what they were doing.

  • Single-gender classes please board members

    Local students in single-gender classes are more comfortable in classes without the opposite sex, and parents notice more focus and confidence from their children, according to recent data and surveys.

    A.R. Rucker Middle School Principal Phillip Mickles and North Elementary School Principal Linda Blackwell shared statistics with the school board Tuesday and gave an update on single-gender classes.

    Those are the only two schools in the Lancaster County School District that offer the option to students and their parents.

  • New route being planned for Veterans Day parade

    Organizers of this year’s Veterans Day parade are 100 percent sure the event will happen. However, they’re still trying to iron out its starting point and other important details.

    A Veterans Day committee met Wednesday to discuss the Nov. 7 parade, which traditionally begins at the Lancaster County Courthouse on Main Street and makes its way south, ending at the American Legion building on South Main Street.

  • Healthy Youth conference gets backing from County Council

    Lancaster County Council will help fund an annual conference that focuses on youth substance abuse prevention.

    Organizers for the third annual Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities Conference, planned for Oct. 14-16 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, requested $10,000 in funding from council.

  • Marian Hagins art contest winners named

    Winners of the Marian Hagins art contest were announced during a reception at the Springs House on Sunday.

    The annual contest is open to amateur artists in Lancaster County of high school age and older, and is sponsored by the Lancaster County Art League, Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the Hagins family. The contest is a memorial to the late Marian Hagins, a local artist and art lover who helped found the Lancaster Art League and promoted and supported local artists.

  • Report: Man used machete, sword in fight

    A Lancaster man was arrested after deputies responded to a fight involving several weapons, including a sword, on Fleetwood Drive on Sunday.

    Charles Alexander Poston, 49, of 1529 Fleetwood Drive, Lancaster, was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The report said deputies spoke with Poston, who said “they tried to kill me.”

    Poston told deputies the 20-year-old victim stole $50 and Loritab pills from him.

  • Leads sought in store robbery

    Investigators are looking for leads in a robbery at the Solo Mart on Lynwood Drive on Sept. 25.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release, the gas station at 1462 Lynwood Drive was robbed about 8 a.m.

    An unarmed man came into the store and punched the clerk on the head, according to the release. Cash and lottery tickets were stolen, the release said.