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  • School registration dates set

    Lancaster County School District

    Lancaster County School District has set registration dates for the 2018-19 school year.

    No general school fees will be charged this year, although fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver education, clubs and yearbooks.

    School insurance will not be sold during registration.

    What students new to a school must bring

  • Parnell challenges Norman to debates

    Archie Parnell has thrown down the gauntlet to Rep. Ralph Norman, challenging the incumbent congressman to a series of debates across the entire 5th Congressional District ahead of November’s general election.

    In Parnell’s first news conference since revelations in May that he attacked and beat his former wife in 1973, the Sumter Democrat asked Norman to face him in each of the 11 counties that make up the district, which include Lancaster County.

  • Performing Arts Series announces 2018-19 season

    Cherry Doster
    See Lancaster SC

    See Lancaster’s Performing Arts Series is well-known for its great variety of affordable live shows, and the tradition continues with a brand new season of world-class entertainment and unmatched ticket prices.

  • 'If I Could Choose My Family'

    David Kellin
    For The Lancaster News

    What defines who is in your family? Is it blood or something deeper?
    Rock Hill playwright Shelia Burris Buchanan explores the issue in “If I Could Choose My Family.” Her Shelia B. Productions is bringing the play to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium for two shows on Saturday, July 21, at 2 and 7 p.m.
    The musical production follows a family as they struggle to make ends meet, survive myriad challenges and come to realize what family really means to them.

  • Lancaster city council race heats up

    After a relatively silent special mayoral election, the District 5 Lancaster City Council race is now heating up, with three candidates challenging incumbent Hazel Taylor.
    Don Geraghty, James “Butch” Flynn and Mike DeMarco are all running for Taylor’s seat. Taylor said Friday that she intends to run for re-election.
    Two of those candidates are already familiar to Lancaster residents. Geraghty and Flynn ran in the mayoral special election July 10. The two candidates garnered less than 5 percent of the vote in the election.

  • DeVenny takes oath as mayor

    For most of his life, Alston DeVenny has put service at the center of his life. And his swearing-in as the mayor of Lancaster was just another extension of that service to his community.
    “I owe everything I have to the fact that people put enough trust in me to allow me to represent them – and that’s black folks, white folks, rich folks, poor folks. It’s everybody,” DeVenny said. “I’m not perfect, but on the whole, I think I’ve done a good job.”

  • Churches welcome young black pastor

    The July 1 service at Grace United Methodist Church was filled with laughter, applause and even some tears as 24-year-old Sh’Kur Francis preached his first sermon at the church.
    Francis is the first black man to pastor the prominently white congregation at Grace UMC. He is also the pastor at Lynnwood United Methodist Church, and will begin teaching social studies at A.R. Rucker Middle School next month.
    He has learned the names of every member of both churches and memorized details about each person that makes them unique.

  • Suspect in 2009 murder back in jail

    The suspect in a 2009 murder case who fled the state before his court date was caught in Baltimore last month and extradited to Lancaster.
    According to Baltimore City District Court records, Montrez Michael Clark, 28, was arrested June 12 on a fugitive warrant. He was booked at the Lancaster County Detention Center on June 22.
    Clark was charged, along with four others, in the murder of Lamario Demond Ford of Great Falls in 2009. Ford was found beaten and shot inside of a Cunningham Street home on March 31, 2009.

  • Inmates set fire at Kershaw prison

    A fire broke out at the Kershaw Correctional Institution early Sunday afternoon.

    According to S.C. Department of Corrections Communications Director Jeffrey Taillon, the lunchtime blaze was just a small fire started by a few of the inmates.

    While one of the dorms was being cleaned after lunch and empty food containers were being piled together, some of the inmates lit pieces of paper on fire and threw them from their cells, Taillon said. The paper ignited the small pile of containers.

  • Polston pleads guilty to armory weapons theft

    A third person has been convicted on federal weapons charges after being caught in November with machine guns, a grenade launcher and other items stolen from the Lancaster National Guard Armory.
    Brandon Shane Polston, 32, of Lancaster pleaded guilty to possession of machine guns and destructive devices, and to being a felon in possession of firearms, according to South Carolina’s U.S. Attorney Sherri Lydon.
    Two co-defendants, Austin Lee Ritter, 23, and Kimberly Denise Cannon, 40, pleaded guilty to the same charges last month.