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  • Power to the youth x10

    The National Youth Empowerment Day Festival is Saturday, July 14, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Preston Blackmon Park, 500 Connor St., in Lancaster.
    The year marks the 10th annual celebration of the event, hosted by Ja’Von Crockett, a Lancaster native who now lives in Atlanta as a pastor, master barber/hairstylist and instructor at 71 Hair Salon.
    The event will include music, food, grocery and bicycle giveaways, free school supplies, free haircuts and a talent showcase.

  • Lancaster dad dies in accident

    A Lancaster man died in a single-vehicle wreck in Waxhaw, N.C., on Tuesday afternoon.
    Jonathon “Jon” Morris, 26, was a passenger in a 1976 Chevy pickup truck that wrecked on Providence Road South in Waxhaw near Cane Creek Road, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
    The truck, driven by Jonathan Starnes of North Carolina, ran off of the right side of the road, overcorrected, then ran off the left side of the road before hitting trees.
    Starnes has been charged with driving while impaired, and other charges are pending.

  • City hires finance director

    The city of Lancaster has hired Dana Pinkert as it’s new finance director after former Finance Director Daniel Driggers resigned May 11.
    Pinkert, who now lives in Ohio, said she is moving to be closer with family.
    “We were considering going down South, and my son moved to Fort Mill with my grandkids. So I started looking in that general area, and Lancaster itself,” Pinkert said. “It just fit, the type of little city it is, the services it has and the form of government. It was a good fit for me.”

  • Creativity camp

    Lancaster’s Discovery School was spilling over with creativity this week as the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ first of four Arts and Sciences Summer Camps took residence in its classrooms.
    About 75 children enrolled in the Lancaster camp, which aims “to keep children learning and creating in the summertime and to keep their brains engaged,” said LCCA Executive Director Debbie Jaillette.
    Many different programs were offered during the week, ranging from dance, art and music to science.

  • Fort Lawn crowd hears details of Heart & Soul

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    Mick Harrington, one of Fort Lawn’s Heart & Soul Committee members, channeled the late President John F. Kennedy at the project’s first community-input meeting last week.
    Ask not what ZIP code 29714 can do for you, Harrington told the small crowd that attended, ask what you can do for 29714.
    Harrington and other committee members spoke at the first Heart & Soul public event June 30, held at the new Fort Lawn Fire Department El Bethel substation.

  • Local United Way raises $400,628

    United Way of Lancaster County celebrated its campaign finale June 28 announcing its fundraising total for the 2017-18 campaign and recognizing several organizations and individuals for their contributions.
    During the 2017-18 campaign, UWLC raised $400,628, which was 94.3 percent of its $425,000 goal. Despite falling short of the goal set for the year, this marks a significant improvement on last year’s figures. In 2016-17, UWLC raised $353,453, just 70.7 percent of its $500,000 goal.

  • Driver injured in Speedway wreck

    A race car driver was injured in an accident Saturday night at Lancaster Motor Speedway.
    The driver, Colton Avery Dimsdale, 23, of Inman was in fourth place during the late-night race when his car was struck. He was trapped in the car and had to be cut out by first responders before he was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for his injuries.
    Dimsdale said he momentarily went unconscious, then awoke to find a metal bar stuck in his leg.

  • DeVenny is Lancaster’s new mayor

    Local attorney Alston DeVenny has been elected Lancaster’s new mayor, winning three out of the city's six precincts and garnering 565 votes.
    “Thank you very much. Thank you for responding positively to the vision that Lancaster is a great place,” DeVenny said after learning he’d won the election. “Thank you so much for that, and I’m just ready to get to work.

  • Lancaster teacher to show students how we get food

    From release

    FLORENCE – Lisa Huss, a teacher at Lancaster’s South Middle School, was among 49 S.C. educators who recently learned how to bring agriculture into their classrooms.

    The South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation (SCFB) hosted its annual Ag in the Classroom Summer Teacher Institute June 18-22 in Florence,  where teachers from pre-K through 8th grade learned the importance of family farms and farmers and how to teach agricultural lessons to their students.

  • Young actors, singers polish fun staging of 'Peter Pan Jr.'

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster will debut its production of “Peter Pan Jr.” next Friday, a modern interpretation of J.M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan and his adventures with Wendy, the lost boys and the villainous Captain Hook.

    The musical, directed by Stephanie Daniels, is based on the Disney movie and will feature new arrangements of classic songs from the film.

    Daniels, who teaches at Rock Hill High School, has worked with the playhouse for five years and keeps coming back for more.