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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Teen shot during fight on Elliott Street

    A teen was shot during a fight Thursday afternoon in the parking lot at the dead end of Elliot Street in Lancaster.
    According to a release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, a 16-year-old boy was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital about 5:30 p.m. with two non-fatal gunshot wounds sustained during the fight.
    The victim was later transferred to a different medical facility for treatment.

  • 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.

  • '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.

  • 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.

  • Couple charged with attempted murder

    An Indian Land man and a Lancaster woman have been charged with attempted murder and kidnapping after a woman showed up at a Lancaster home June 21 with deep cuts and bruises covering her body, claiming she had been abducted and beaten by them.
    Thomas Clarence “T.C.” Dial, 34, has been arrested and warrants will be served on Alicia Danielle Bellue, 33, of Lancaster. Both are charged with grand larceny, attempted murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

  • 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.