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Today's News

  • ArtFest set for May 22, 23

    Jenny Arnold

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is planning a two-day art event called ArtFest for May 22 and 23.

    The event will kick off with the ever-popular art draw on May 22, in which art lovers have the chance to win original pottery, paintings, gift baskets, handmade jewelry and other items.

    The art draw begins at 5:30 p.m. at the LCCA gallery at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St.

  • Lancaster man charged with kidnapping

    By Jenny Arnold

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    A Lancaster man has been charged with kidnapping after a woman told police she was afraid to leave her apartment.

    Leon Lee White, 45, 1802 Pardue St., has also been charged with second-offense criminal domestic violence.

  • Growing to Learn

    The agriculture science class and the Future Farmers of America at Buford High School have started their annual greenhouse plant sale to benefit those programs.

    The school greenhouse is brimming with plants and flowers of every shape and size.

    Now in its second year, the students have been growing dozens of varieties of plants to sell, including perennials, annuals and vegetables, said Agriculture Science instructor Jeffrey Whisenhunt.

    This is no plant resale, he said. The 32 students have done all the cultivating.

  • Man injured in accident

    Jenny Arnold

    jarnold@thelancasternews.com

    INDIAN LAND – A Lancaster man was flown to a Charlotte hospital after his car ran off U.S. 521 near S.C. 75 and hit the railroad tracks.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Chris Caldwell said Brian Ely Sr., 60, 5090 Old Hickory Road, was headed south on U.S. 521 in a 2006 Suzuki about 1:50 p.m. Sunday.

    He ran off the road onto a median, hit a guardrail and ran down an embankment.

  • Rams charge, down BHS

    The Chesterfield Rams made a hard charge to capture the opening game in the Class A Upper State championship series at Buford Park on Saturday afternoon.

    The Rams spotted the Jackets an early 1-0, but CHS, which belted four home runs, used its power surge to rally for an 11-1 win over the Jackets.

    Buford, 10-9, snapped a scoreless draw in the second inning when BHS senior Gavin Flynn singled home Dillon Hydrick for a 1-0 lead.

  • A turned-down glass for 'Miss Mae'

    Frankie Cunningham learns something new every day. And most of the time, it surrounds her mother, the late Mae “Miss Mae” Wright.

    Wright died June 5, 2002, but the foundation of life she left behind for her two daughters, six grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren is a solid legacy.

  • Jackets sweep to district baseball crown

    The Buford High baseball team, in a do-or-die situation, delivered in a major way.

    The Jackets, needing two wins over host Williston-Elko to capture the District IV baseball title and stay in the hunt for the Class A Upper State championship, responded with a sweep of the Blue Devils – 4-3 and 18-6 in five innings.

  • Strawberry time is here

    FORT LAWN – Because of his health, Bill Coble couldn’t pick strawberries at Jordan Farms last spring.

    He’s still unable to pick them, but he left the 3.5 acre strawberry patch with 6 gallons of juicy, ripe just-picked strawberries bright and early Monday. One of the buckets was going to his sister Mable’s house. The other five buckets went home with Bill and his wife, Geraldine Coble.

  • Trevor Banks Class A state medalist

    Buford High School senior golfer Trevor Banks captured the Class A state medalist championship with a two-day total of 145. Banks carded a 77 in the opening round Monday and followed with a 68 on Tuesday in Johnsonville at the Wellman Country Club.

    Trevor Banks' title was his second straight after taking the Class AA medalist honor as a junior at BHS. He was also the medalist at the recent Conference III-A golf tournament in Lancaster, leading BHS to the league crown. Banks' brother, Taylor, carded a 76-77 to reap Class A all-state golf honors.

  • City plans wastewater plant upgrades

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    The city of Lancaster hopes to make various infrastructural upgrades through state loans and federal stimulus money.

    Two of the top projects affect the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

    Officials want to convert the disinfection system at the wastewater treatment plant from chlorine gas to a safer disinfectant.

    They also plan to install a chemical feed system to address the phosphorous the plant discharges into the Catawba River, city administrator Helen Sowell said.