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Effort now underway for Miracle Bikes for Kids

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate by giving to others. Gonzie’s Miracle Bikes for Kids is once again soliciting your help and support in providing bicycles to less fortunate children in our community.

In 2012, with your help, Gonzie’s Miracle Bikes for Kids was able to provide bikes to 47 children – 32 boys and 15 girls.

Once again, we are asking you to support our efforts as we continue with this ministry. If you would like to donate bikes (old or new), please use the following drop-off sites:


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Church grateful for help with health fair

Missionary No. 1 of First Washington Baptist Church wishes to express its gratitude to the Lancaster community for making our first health fair, held Oct. 12 such a success.

Special thanks are extended to all the health care practitioners and other professionals who gave so freely of their time and knowledge. Additionally, we are thankful to the businesses that donated so many door prizes that make the event exciting.


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School intersection sure needs Miss Wilma

Traveling down life’s highways we run into plenty of obstacles. The smart fella will always figure out a short cut for himself.

To tell the truth, ever since 1966, I have made the route to and from North Elementary School. First a daughter, then a son, a granddaughter, a grandson and Bless Pete, I have the task of escorting a great-grandson to those hallowed halls of learning.

The trouble is, the kids got smarter and grandpa got lost in the shuffle.


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‘Sis’ bright, guiding light

Margaret McCarty Bauknight passed away last Saturday, Nov. 16.

A whole legion of former students will be saddened by the news.

As a new eighth-grader to Lancaster High School from Chesterfield Avenue Grammar, who lived to tell about his experience “running the beltline,” Miss McCarty was something else.


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Restaurant recognizes veterans

I would like to thank Applebee’s for honoring veterans with a free meal on Veterans Day. It means so much for this business to recognize the sacrifices of veterans. I encourage other businesses to show their pride of soldiers. After all, we are all Americans.


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Cluster development benefits developers

The Cluster Development Proposal (CDP) is front and center with the Lancaster County Planning Commission and Lancaster County Council now. We should be asking our representatives on both boards about infrastructure costs associated with residential development, and the absence of planning for it.
No plan has been discussed to address costs for schools, roads, emergency services or other public services. In letters and public meetings, residents have asked how infrastructure growth would be funded, with no direct response.


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Only Indian Land gets the cluster

I have written to both Councilmen Brian Carnes and Larry McCullough regarding cluster developments to  ask why they believe cluster development is so important to Indian Land. All they will say is they have studied this and believe it will be a benefit to the community, but never how and in what way.
Only Mattamy Homes benefits financially from this cluster. 


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Conference planners grateful for support

On behalf of the members of the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many partners who helped make the Sixth National Rural Substance Abuse Prevention Conference such a success. This is the only national conference that focuses on the unique challenges of working with youth from rural communities.


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Foster agency grateful for vehicle donations

The S.C. Foster Parent Association would like to thank everyone who donated vehicles to its On the Road Again program. This program provides transportation for foster youth who are 18 but not yet 21, actively employed and pursuing a GED or post-high school educational program.
Without a vehicle, young people must rely on public transportation to get them to and from work or school.
Unfortunately, public transportation is not available in many rural areas of South Carolina.


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Tell legislators to vote no on state trash bill

One of the main reasons I am proud to call South Carolina home is its landscape. Few states can boast of beaches on one end and mountains on the other with numerous parks and green space in between.
But our land, one of our greatest strengths, has the potential to be fundamentally altered should the so-called “flow control” bill pass in our Legislature.
Formally known as H 3290, the bill would open up South Carolina to become the nation’s dumping ground.


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