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Have fun but safe July 4th

Declaring independence from the mother country England was to be celebrated with devotion to God, pomp, parades, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the United  States to the other – forever more. That was how John Adams said the American colonies were to claim their freedom on July 2, 1776.
However, the official declaration day wasn’t until two days later and some historians still debate the official day.


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Volunteers to perform July 4th in Independence Day Parade

AJ band earned its way

The Andrew Jackson High School Volunteer Regiment is going to be in some “high cotton” come July Fourth.
The school’s award-winning band will be among the nation’s elite when it goes to Washington, D.C., for the annual National Independence Day Parade.
The AJ band earned its trip to the nation’s capital after its division-winning performance in the Hartsville High Tournament of Bands last fall.


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Fathers deserve own day

We search the various greeting cards for just the right words. Words that adequately reflect how we feel in our hearts for that important man.
Today is that important man’s special day – Father’s Day. It’s a day set aside to thank that man who plays such a pivotal role in our lives. He provides and protects his family. His love is unconditional. A father’s daily presence in children’s lives provides a stable family foundation.


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Renovated lanes give facility a new role

The bowling lanes at the Kershaw Recreation Center at Stevens Park are taking on a new life.
Thanks to a major renovation project, the lanes sport a more pleasing, modern look.
Back in February, Kershaw Town Council voted to allocate $118,330 from the town’s reserve fund for the bowling alley’s major improvements.
Town officials have considered ways to increase attendance at Stevens Park and use of its facilities, and the bowling alley has been a major part of those discussions.


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Thanks to Band for outstanding job at library

Richard Band devoted 35 years to the Lancaster County Library and it’s likely his legacy will be felt for years to come.
Band, 64, retired May 31 after spending nearly half of his life improving and expanding the Lancaster County Library system.
Band’s impact is obvious.
“When I came, we had no branches and were only open one night a week,” Band said. “We had a big old card catalog in the middle of the room with 40,000 cards that took up all the room. There wasn’t a lot of technology.”


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Be prepared for hurricanes

On May 20, we were reminded that natural disasters of all kinds can bring devastation on a massive scale. In just a few seconds, the lives of Moore, Okla., residents were changed by an EF5 tornado that destroyed entire buildings while injuring or killing residents as they took shelter.
We can’t prevent natural disasters, but we can prepare for them. By being ready and knowing what to do in a disaster, we can minimize risk, reduce the time it takes to recover and most importantly, prevent the loss of life.


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Congrats to Class of 2013

Take a good look at the Graduation 2013 special section. It’s full of the graduates from all four county high schools.
Today, about 787 Lancaster County students will march across four graduation stages to receive their high school diplomas.
Later, they’ll flip the tassels on their mortarboards as they celebrate their graduation with the friends, family, teachers and administrators who helped them along the way.  


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Half-staff flags reflect true cost of freedom

Occasionally The Lancaster News receives an email from Gov. Nikki Haley’s office announcing that flags across the state will be flown at half-staff on a certain day.
Often the reason is because a South Carolina soldier has been killed in action, usually in Iraq or Afghanistan. We post those announcements on our website.
Those half-staff flags are reminders of why we observe Memorial Day. It is so easy to get caught up in the celebration of the holiday with picnics, cookouts and get-togethers that we forget just why there is a Memorial Day.


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Deserving honorees

The 2013 Celebration of Excellence, the annual Lancaster County School District’s salute to the best in education and service, included its annual induction of hall of fame members.
Four deserving individuals, who made an impact in the classroom and beyond, took center stage on Monday, April 29, at the Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room.
The latest inductees included Bennett Gunter, C.C. Hanson, Ann Hough and Floyd White.


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Walnut Creek Park a welcome addition

After more than four years of waiting, the excitement was palpable as Lancaster County officials cut the ribbon April 24 to officially open Walnut Creek Park.
The event, originally slated for last October, but delayed due to legal issues, drew local officials and residents, all eager to see the new 60-acre, $7 million county park complex in Indian Land.


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