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Pause, reflect

Today is the 12th anniversary of “the day that changed the world.” A lot has changed since knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airplanes into the World Trade Center, toppling its twin 110-story towers, slammed a third plane into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a Pennsylvania field.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is under construction near ground zero and is set to open in 2014.
The museum stands not only as a testament of remembrance, but also to our nation’s resiliency to rebuild and rebound. 


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Grand work for great teachers

It’s a known fact the Lancaster County School District is blessed with its share of great teachers.
Any doubting Thomases should have been at the district’s recent Celebrate Great Teaching, which annually ushers in the new school term at Lancaster High School.
A highlight of the event was the salute to the 2012-13 Celebrate Great Teaching winners.
The latest winners included Brittany McManus, Traci Shigley, Shelby Schwartz and Richard Gay.
McManus, a Discovery School fifth-grade teacher, won the Beginning Celebrate Great Teaching Award.


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Classic ushers in football season

If you’re ready for some football, there will be plenty of it today, Aug. 23, at the annual Founders Kickoff Classic, a scrimmage involving all four county schools, at Buford High School’s Jackets Stadium.
Action opens with Central High School of Pageland playing Fort Mill High School at 6 p.m. Next up is Andrew Jackson High School against McBee High School at 6:45 p.m. The third period features Lancaster High School facing Indian Land High School at 7:30 p.m. Host Buford caps play with a battle with Lancaster at 8:15 p.m.


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LDB stars shined on the diamond

The 2013 Lancaster Dixie Baseball season is in the books and it’s been quite a story.
The 2013 LDB seasons saw five all-star teams advance to state tournament play.
“We did really well,” said veteran LDB chairman David Hance. “These coaches and players were outstanding. Their parents, grandparents and fans had plenty to cheer about this summer.”
The youth baseball organization’s 2013 all-star campaign ended with the AA stars, ages 7-8, playing in the Dixie Youth Baseball regional tournament in Walterboro.


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Ann Taylor deserves recognition

Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor recently received a nice surprise.
Taylor, the Heath Springs mayor since 1990, received the Hettie Ricket Leadership Award last month in North Myrtle Beach.
The award was presented by the S.C. Community Development Association which honors community development leaders. The group is affiliated with the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
The Hettie Ricket Leadership Award is named after Hettie Ricket, a Cassatt native from neighboring Kershaw County who worked to get water service for her  community.


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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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