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Help stay on track in battle with KLS

A highlight of the county high school track season takes center stage, Saturday, April 20, on the Lancaster High School track at the Rice Athletics Building.
The seventh annual KLS Running for Ryan features the county track meet at LHS. Boys and girls squads from Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and host Lancaster will be there to earn track bragging rights for the 2013 season.
In the past few years, Lancaster County has produced state champions and state qualifiers, and the annual meet seems to bring out the best from around the county.


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Collins is a good choice to lead USCL

The leadership for the future of the University of South Carolina Lancaster will be handled by a familiar figure.
Dr. Walt Collins III, USCL assistant dean of student affairs, was selected from a field of three candidates to replace Dr. John Catalano and lead USCL into its promising future.
Catalano, who guided USCL as dean for 11 years, announced his retirement in June, effective the end of the year.
Collins, a Clinton, N.C. native, has been a key part of USCL since 2002.


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Congrats to schools for their awards

There’s a lot of Palmetto pride on display in Lancaster County schools these days and with good reason – 11 of the county’s schools recently won Palmetto Gold and Silver awards for the 2011-12 school year from the S.C. Department of Education.
And while that total number is lower than last year’s 16 winning county schools, the number of gold award winners actually doubled from four last year to eight this year, despite a more rigourus criteria.


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HOPE has filled dire need for 30 years

No one is immune. Loss of a job. Devastating medical issue. Death of a working spouse. Divorce. The list is endless. An individual or family’s economic status can change almost immediately – for numerous reasons.
Life happens. And when it does, people often find themselves suddenly in need. Elaine Adkins knows. Adkins, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster, meets these people everyday.


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Helicopter pad to make a difference in Kershaw

In the future, a life will be saved, because of the new emergency helicopter landing pad in Kershaw.
It might be a car wreck victim, a person suffering from a stroke, heart attack or a youngster bitten by a poisonous snake.
No matter, quick and efficient help and the helicopter pad, which will allow the patient to be flown to receive critical medical assistance, is going to be vital.
Direct thanks can be attributed to Talf Wrenn.


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Three set example as true public servants

A trio of outstanding people have left us in recent weeks, but their mark will be on Lancaster County for years to come.
Lib Wilson, Walter Craig Sr. and Jimmy Moreland Sr. died, but their legacy of community involvement will live on.
Lib Wilson
Any time a Lancaster woman meets with success, she can be grateful that Lib Wilson blazed the way.


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Power of the people evident in Indian Land

In the last few issues, we reported stories where local residents’ vocal opposition to plans resulted in the scrapping of those plans – first with the proposed moving of the Indian Land recycling/convenience center from Jim Wilson Road to Shelley Mullis Road and then with a requested rezoning of two acres at Collins and Henry Harris roads.
The public outcry over moving the recycling/convenience center got an added boost from the fact that Lancaster County planned to move the site next to the Deputy Roy Hardin Park, where the county owns additional land.


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Don’t stop concealed weapon training

Face it, folks. Some people don’t need to carry guns – openly or concealed.
Recent tragedies, where innocent people sitting in classrooms, a shopping mall and movie theater were slaughtered by crazed, gun-toting fanatics, are a testament to that fact.
We don’t think anyone with common sense will deny that those perpetrators should not be allowed to own or carry a gun for obvious reasons.


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Altman’s drive took him to top

Buford High School senior wrestler Dylan Altman has a coveted gold medal to show for his persistence.
Altman, the Jackets’ 132-pounder, captured an individual state championship as he won the gold medal on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Anderson Civic Center.
A year prior, Altman fell short in a bid to capture the 120-pound Class AAA state title to end his junior campaign.
Altman used his miss at the shot of “grabbing the brass ring” to power his run to the state championship this year.


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Important to abide by FOIA

Pretend a hundred of us just landed on an island – our new home. The island possesses all the amenities – fertile land, plenty of timber, fresh water, lots of wildlife – to sustain us and a growing population. Pretty soon, we start to develop our island. We’re building houses, cutting roadways and implementing an infrastructure.


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