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  • HOPE honors volunteers at annual banquet

    For 25 years, many locals have worked tirelessly to ensure HOPE of Lancaster is able to assist those in need in the community.

    HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively, puts on an annual banquet as a way to show appreciation for its volunteers. This year’s banquet was held Tuesday night at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley Building.

  • Educators receive state arts awards

    Two Lancaster County educators have received recognition from the S.C. Art Educators Association.

    David Platts, fine arts specialist for the Lancaster County School District, and Teresa Petty, art teacher at Indian Land Middle School, were recognized at a reception at the Springs House on Tuesday.

    ‘A job I believe in’

    Platts, 41, received the SCAEA’s art administrator of the year award.

  • Two men shot near county line Friday

    KERSHAW – Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about two shooting victims on Red Oak Road on Friday afternoon.

    Two people were reportedly shot in Kershaw County and ended up on Red Oak Road in Lancaster County, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tom Holland.

    One victim was shot in the lung or abdomen, and the other was grazed on the head, Holland said.

    A neighbor called 911 about 4:30 p.m. to report the incident after seeing the men lying in a yard. 

  • Artisan's Center to receive hospitality funding from City Council

    The Artisan’s Center on Main Street is one step closer towards becoming an arts hub for the city of Lancaster.

    Lancaster City Council unanimously approved $24,000 in funding Tuesday to help relocate art classes from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to the new Artisan’s Center. The funding will come from Lancaster’s hospitality fund.

    Helen Sowell, city administrator, said city council will most likely wait to give the funding to the center, until Lancaster County Council decides on a similar motion.

  • Council to take up blue laws at Monday meeting

    Lancaster merchants may not have a blue Christmas this year.

    Lancaster County Council is holding a special meeting Monday to vote on first reading of an ordinance to repeal the state’s blue laws through Jan. 4, 2009.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the ordinance was brought up by staff for County Council to consider, in hopes of keeping Lancaster County merchants competitive with those in surrounding counties.

  • Nutcracker ballet returns Nov. 24-25

    An enchanted forest, the Sugar Plum Fairy and a host of young dancers from Lancaster County will return to the stage for performances of the beloved ballet, “The Nutcracker,” later this month.

    The ballet will be performed at 7 p.m. Nov. 24-25 at the Lancaster High School Auditorium. The performance is a collaboration between the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, Lancaster County School District and Kennedy Center Partnership Project, said David Platts, arts coordinator for the school district. The ballet will also be performed for students in the mornings.

  • ComForcare partners with MS Society

    ComForcare Senior Services

    ComForcare Senior Services has been selected as the preferred provider for Care Management Services for the Charlotte metro area for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

    The Mid-Atlantic Chapter serves 7,400 people living with multiple sclerosis in South Carolina and the western portion of North Carolina.  

  • Officers arrest man wanted for murder in Mexico

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office helped catch an illegal immigrant charged with murder in Mexico.

    The suspect, Felipe Valdivia, 33, is expected to be deported to Mexico this week. He is accused of beating a 62-year-old lemon farmer to death in Veracruz, Mexico.

    According to sheriff’s office incident reports, investigators learned about the case in April from an informant.

  • School fall festival Saturday

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    If you’re looking for a good time as well as a chance to win a coveted video game system, come out to McDonald Green Elementary School on Saturday.

    The school is hosting its second annual Family Fall Festival, which will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Children will have access to inflatable rides, rock wall climbing and the highly anticipated Whizzer ride, in which four occupants move a lever forward and backward to propel themselves.

  • Firing range to be updated

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    A recent federal grant hit the bullseye for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The $89,435 grant, from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, will allow the sheriff’s office to do state-of-the-art renovations at the existing firing range, at the Lancaster city limits. The range is shared by the Lancaster Police Department.

    The grant does not require a match from Lancaster County.