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Brookchase residents OK bonds for neighborhood improvements

By Chris Sardelli

Residents from the Brookchase neighborhood overwhelmingly voted for the creation of a new tax district on Saturday.

As part of a special vote, Brookchase residents voted 76-5 in support of creating the Brookchase Special Tax District to generate funding for repairs to roads and infrastructure in their neighborhood. The Brookchase neighborhood is located in Indian Land off U.S. 521, not far from Inspiration Ministries’ City of Light.


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Policy requires background check on school volunteers

By Jesef Williams

The Lancaster County School District now has policies in place that more clearly address how it will treat potential employees and volunteers who have been charged with a criminal offense.

The school board unanimously adopted the policies at its meeting on Sept. 21.

One policy requires the district to run a criminal history check through the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on all new volunteers.


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Foundation awards $1.6 million in adult literacy, responsive grants

By The Staff

The J. Marion Sims Foundation Inc. has made awards totaling approximately $1.6 million to 16 different community organizations in its Adult Literacy and Responsive Grants programs.  

“The communities in the foundation’s giving area face a range of challenges, from improving their citizens’ literacy skills to providing for basic needs and safety,” said foundation President Jim Morton. “The recipients of these grants are organizations that have demonstrated their abilities to help meet these challenges.”


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Volunteer department has always believed in training, service

Unity firefighters answering calls since 1950s

By Jamey Shepherd

Training counts – especially when you’re a firefighter.


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Arrest made in connection with Sept. 10 incident

Man, 24, charged in kidnapping

By Jenny Arnold

A man wanted by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on kidnapping and sexual assault charges has been arrested.

Sheriff Barry Faile said Demarkeo Jamar Wright, 24, of 313 Robinson Road, Lancaster, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in connection with a Sept. 10 incident.

Wright is accused of breaking into the home of his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend and dragging her by her hair and arm out of the house.


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Up-close and personal lessons for Erwin Elementary students

By Jesef Williams

An up-close look at bees and talks about ecosystems were just some of the hands-on experiences for students at Erwin Elementary School as the school held its Environmental Discovery Day.


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3 to run for school position

By Jesef Williams

Three men will try to succeed Dr. Peter Barry as the District 4 representative on the Lancaster County school board.

Ronald Burke, Al Simpson and Bill Sumner filed to run for the seat, vacated by Barry’s death last month.

The special election will be Nov. 30.

Ronald Burke

Burke, 67, moved to Lancaster six years ago from Ohio, where he had worked in education for 30 years.

He said his experience as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent will serve him well as he vies for the District 4 seat.


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Three candidates vying for IL school board seat

By Jesef Williams

Don McCorkle is seeking a second term on the Lancaster County school board, while Leland Hughes and Kevin Sexton are each looking to become representatives for the first time.

The three men are vying for the school board’s District 1 seat, which covers Indian Land.

Election Day is Nov. 2.

School board seats are non-partisan.

Leland Hughes

Hughes, 65, decided two years ago that he would run for the District 1 seat. He said he wants to serve his neighbors and friends, and has a “deep dedication” to teaching.


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12 candidates set to take part in forum

By Jane Alford

INDIAN LAND – The stage is set for a spirited candidates forum in Indian Land next week.

A dozen candidates for local, state and national offices have confirmed that they will take part in the Oct. 14 forum sponsored by Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway.

The Before You Vote 2010 Candidates Forum is from 7  to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel.

The forum will feature these races and candidates, in the following order:

• U.S. Senate – Write-in candidate Mazie Ferguson


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Council to consider IL fire district

By Chris Sardelli

County Council will discuss forming an Indian Land fire protection district at its Tuesday meeting.

Council is scheduled to consider options for creating a unified fire district for Indian Land residents. The idea was introduced by members of the grass-roots organization, Indian Land Action Council, as a way to generate more revenue for the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department.


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