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ILHS celebrates as 204 get diplomas

By Kayland Hagwood

INDIAN LAND - Indian Land High School senior Samaria Glenn searched from beneath her tasseled hat to find her mentor and friend, ILHS head basketball boys coach Nate Smith, after taking her final walk as a student Friday afternoon.
Glenn was one of 204 graduates in Indian Land’s Class of 2016 and looks forward to a future studying marketing at Virginia Union University.
She took the moment to remember learning and laughing with Smith.


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Follow core principles, CCA grads told

By Kayland Hagwood

Carolina Christian Academy’s eight-student graduation brought the family-like feel that one would expect from such a small class.
“Many of these students grew up together from elementary school,” Principal Trina Coley said.
Family, friends, alumni and teachers filled over half of the gym in support of graduates: Mary Bethea, Brittany Craig, McKenzie Dean, Gavin Eubanks, Megan Hartberger, Devang Patel, Talbert Reece and James Sims.


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Authorities probe fire at Laurel Hill Road home

By Greg Summers

INDIAN LAND – Authorities are investigating a fire late Thursday night that destroyed a vacant home at 138 Laurel Hill Road.
Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said a neighbor reported the blaze after noticing flames in the distance.
Volunteer firefighters from Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Indian Land and Pleasant Valley Fire Departments responded about 11:15 p.m. Thursday.


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Kershaw Council tries to end street-name ruckus

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – The festering controversy about who chooses street names within Kershaw’s town limits has come to an abrupt halt.
The town’s elected officials last week unanimously passed first reading of an ordinance that makes town council the final authority on any name changes recommended by the Lancaster County Planning Commission.


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288 flip tassels at rowdy LHS graduation

By Kayland Hagwood

Two hundred eighty-eight seniors crossed the stage at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium Friday night and entered the adult world as high school graduates.
Among them were aspiring nurses, psychologists and educators, with 74 percent of the class planning to continue their education through college or technical school. Other students plan to serve in the military or go directly into the general work force.
Class valedictorian Coulter Jackson, speaking to the assembled crowd, challenged his classmates.


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‘We belong to Buford’

By Greg Summers

A strong sense of community centered commencement for the Buford High School Class of 2016 on Friday night.
An overflow crowd was on hand to witness the 139 seniors receive their diplomas and turn their tassels. Those not in the gym sat in the school auditorium watching the ceremony on closed circuit TV.
That, said class president Jensen Shelby, is proof of the special bond between the school and the tightknit community.


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AJ grads urged to follow their hearts

By Mandy Catoe

More than 1,200 loved ones honored 139 graduates at Andrew Jackson High School Friday with 60 minutes of respectful silence as they crossed the stage one by one to receive their diplomas.
Each graduate marched across the temporary wooden structure at one end of the gym, and in the quiet before and after each name was called, footsteps could be heard throughout the space.
“We do this so each student’s name can be heard,” Principal Thomas Dabney had said just before presenting the diplomas to the graduates.


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House candidates tangle at IL forum

Craig comes out swinging hard against Mulvaney

By Reece Murphy

U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney's Republican challenger Ray Craig came out swinging Thursday night during the 2016 Before You Vote Candidate Forum in Indian Land, but failed to draw the three-term 5th District incumbent into an all-out fight.
Speaking before a crowd of about 110 in the Inspiration Ministries/CrossRidge auditorium, the Lake Wylie resident and political newcomer set up his introduction riffing on "three phrases."


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Great Falls hosts ‘booming’ street festival this weekend

By Nancy Parsons

GREAT FALLS – You might describe this year’s Flopeye Fish Festival in Great Falls as “booming,” in more ways than one.
A Civil War cannon, known as The Chester Gun, will sound as the 33rd-annual Flopeye Fish Festival kicks off opening ceremonies around 9 a.m. Saturday. The cannon will blast at other times during the day.
Then Saturday around 8:30 p.m., loud booms will sound and bursts of light will be visible during the 100th birthday celebration of Duke Energy’s Fishing Creek Dam.


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Pulled 2 kids from burning house April 22

City salutes 4 life-saving officers

By Greg Summers

The four Lancaster Police Department officers who saved the lives of two children in a April 22 house fire were honored by city council Tuesday night.
Sgts. Dustynn Burlingame, Dale Johnson and Kenneth Warlick and Lt. Dean Short received lifesaving awards from the S.C. Police Chiefs Association.
Lancaster police Capt. Scott Grant lauded the four for making the right decisions in a chaotic moment.


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