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Items Ok'd for S.C. Sales Tax Holiday a strange mix

Tax-free what?

By now you’ve no doubt heard of South Carolina’s annual back-to-school tradition called the Sales Tax Holiday.


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Big Thursday a big boost for college students

It doesn’t take a great deal of thinking to see these are not the best of times in Lancaster.
Recently a longtime bypass restaurant closed its doors. Gas prices have soared since last year.
As they say, we have to take the good with the bad. There has been some recent good that impacts our future.
Big Thursday of Lancaster Inc., recently presented checks of $16,000 each to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and Clemson University. The money is used for scholarships to deserving Lancaster County youth, who attend these schools.


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Dangerous dog law needs to be more clear

After several recent dog-bite incidents, we’re glad to see that Lancaster County’s dangerous dog ordinance is back on County Council’s agenda.
Three years ago, the county passed a dangerous dog ordinance. Lancaster County Animal Control Director Joel Hinson said, for the most part, a dog must first bite a person or other animal before it’s deemed dangerous.


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Family Promise making a difference

Family Promise has had a drastic impact on Lancaster County. For nearly two years now, Lancaster area churches have reached out to homeless families in an effort to give them a lift.
Family Promise is a pioneering nonprofit organization dedicated to helping America’s low-income families secure lasting independence. Some 161 affiliates and 130,000 volunteers spanning 41 states provide annual assistance to more than 45,000 citizens.
In 1988, the program went national and moved into communities across the nation, including Lancaster.


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Overcash dedicated to county recreation

Retiring Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission director Frank Overcash, in assessing his work over 28 years, was expectedly modest about the job he’s done.
“All I did was keep something running,” Overcash said.
He did keep it running, but in the right direction.
There has been a lot of progress at the recreation commission during Overcash’s 28 years of service, including the last five as director.


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All-star soccer season one to savor

The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission youth soccer program has made a name for itself in all-star postseason play.
The LCPRC all-stars teams’ recent stellar effort in state tournament play did nothing to tarnish that shining image.
The county stars fielded teams in three age groups – 10 under, 12-under and 15-under.
Two of those three teams brought home state crowns after competing in the elite field at the Manchester Meadows Complex in Rock Hill.


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Don't let mishaps ruin your holidays

There is nothing like the glow of Christmas tree lights or a flickering candle to put you in the holiday spirit. But if you’re not careful, that glow could turn destructive – even deadly.
We don’t mean to put a damper on this joyous season. However, fire officials say this time of the year is one of the most dangerous times for fires caused by holiday decorating.


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Jonathan Cook, a true hero

“A true American hero.” That’s how Jim Moreland describes Jonathan Cook, a longtime Kershaw resident who is immensely respected and endeared by people who know him. Some people might describe Cook as a disabled Vietnam veteran. It’s an accurate description in the sense that Cook didn’t come back from Vietnam as the man he was when he got there in the mid-1960s.


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Keep less fortunate in mind this holiday

It may be trite to say it’s better to give than to receive. But is it? Doesn’t it make you feel good when you give something that makes a loved one happy? And doesn’t it make you feel good when you give something that helps somebody else, especially somebody who is less fortunate than you are?
Thanksgiving is a holiday when we traditionally gather with family and friends for a big feast. It’s a time when we Americans give thanks for what we have – our health, our family, the roof overheads, the job that pays the bills, etc.


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'Aunt Jo' was a true Lancaster treasure

Tis the season to be thankful and count our blessings. One blessing Lancaster folks can number was Joan Hall Williams, better known as Jo Williams, or simply “Aunt Jo.”
She was a Lancaster treasure, something extra special about the Red Rose City.
Williams, who died at age 79 earlier this month, loved her home and showed so in many ways.
A history enthusiast, Williams was glad to share her knowledge about Lancaster. Often, she would provide history lessons about Lancaster and Lancaster County.


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