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Lancaster blessed to have Plyler as a friend

With the recent passing of longtime Lancaster County public servant Fred Plyler, former Lancaster County school superintendent John Wall said he lost a “good friend.”
The same could be said of Lancaster County, which was a better place because Plyler did plenty of good work here.
He set a high standard as a magistrate, county road commissioner, an original Lancaster County Council member, a former president and board member of the Lancaster County Farm Bureau and a founding member of the Buford Volunteer Fire Department.


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Recreation soccer teams do repeat as champions

The 2011 South Carolina Athletic Programs state soccer tournament at Sumter’s Patriot Park presented quite a challenge for two Lancaster County Recreation Commission youth soccer teams earlier this month.
The Lancaster County 10-under all-stars and the 12-under all-stars ventured to Sumter to defend their state titles.
The teams were each coming off successful Central District title defenses in defeating Fort Mill to earn a repeat trip to the elite state field.
What the Lancaster County teams accomplished was downright impressive.


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There’s never a shortage of scammers

Even at the age of 92, the homeowner was aware the men on the other side of her front door were would-be scammers. When they asked her to walk outside and help them hold a tape measure, she refused, then closed and locked the door.
Minutes later they gained access to her house by breaking in through her back door. She pressed her life alert button and told the men help was on the way. They left before the deputies arrived at her house.


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Bruins have right to kick up their heels

The Lancaster High School Bruins’ soccer teams are getting it done – on the field and in the classroom.
Recent news about the LHS teams’ (girls and boys) academic success bears out the claim.
The Lady Bruins posted an overall 4.3 GPA (grade-point average) for the 2010-11 school term, while the LHS boys finished with an overall 3.4 GPA.
Obviously, the Bruins’ soccer squads are using their noggins for more than headers.
The success of the teams has been duly noted.


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Fletcher’s dedication garners third award

The Lancaster County foster care unit has quite a tradition going. For the third consecutive year an employee of the county foster care unit has taken the state’s top honor as Caseworker of the Year.
The latest honoree is Chaundra Fletcher, who was honored at the Independent Living Conference by the S.C. DSS and the University of South Carolina.
A year ago, Kenya Papillion received the honor, while Tracy Rabon won the award in 2009.
Fletcher, who has a caseload of 19 children, is regarded as an exceptional worker.


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Wall-to-wall football is on agenda for tonight

If you’re a high school football fanatic, then make plans to be at Andrew Jackson High School’s Volunteer Stadium tonight.
The annual Founders Federal Kickoff Classic, a prep football jamboree, will feature wall-to-wall football.
The scrimmage is the only time during the high school season that a fan can see all four county football teams in action at one site.
That’s special, but only a part of the gridiron play.


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Chandler turned life challenge to opportunity

Life is about choices. We don’t choose nor can control what happens to us. We can choose how we respond.
Many people face serious challenges – challenges that run the gamut – from personal, to financial, to medical. Response to these challenges determines how we handle the situations.
For some, the challenges are too overwhelming.
Yet some turn the challenges into opportunities. Judy Chandler was one of those people.


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Brown is deserving of honor

One of Lancaster County’s finest is now one of the state’s best.
Lt. Eric Brown of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department was recently honored as the Deputy of the Year by the Sheriff’s Association.
Earlier this year, Brown, 33, was nominated during a management staff meeting at the office.


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Recycling is a real no-brainer

The city of Lancaster plans to roll out (literally) its voluntary recycling program in September.
While the city is starting off slow with its program, it is to be commended for initiating the effort to recycle plastic, bottles and jugs, metal and aluminum cans, as well as magazines and certain other papers.
Marty Cauthen, the city’s solid waste director, said several residents had requested the city introduce a recycling program. After discussion and planning, officials devised a system that is not too costly to the city and residents.


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Help needy students get school supplies

It’s hard to believe that school is starting in just a few days. It seems like it was just yesterday that students and teachers were wrapping up the school year and looking forward to summer break. 

Now teachers and other school personnel are busy preparing classrooms, unpacking books and planning study lessons.

And many students and their parents are busy preparing for the new year by buying clothes and school supplies.

But many families struggle getting back-to-school wardrobes and school supplies.


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