Out and About

  • The 2013 Youth Oratorical Expose was a success

    From release
    On Sept. 28, the Lancaster District AME Zion churches conducted the ninth annual Youth Oratorical Expose with 17 participants.
    The purpose of this program is to promote youth development in research and speech. Each contestant is given three topics to choose to research and is judged on his or her research ability, speech content, organization, delivery and overall effectiveness of presentation.

  • Kershaw native serves Bishopville

    Bishopville recently appointed a Kershaw native as its new police chief.

    Calvin Collins, the son of Kershaw resident Louella Collins Alexander, was sworn into office July 28 at the Coclough Building in Bishopville by city attorney Jacob Jennings. 

    More than 50 family members and friends attended the ceremony.

  • Digging into a good book

    This summer, 860 children participated in the “Dig Into Reading,” summer reading program at the Lancaster County Main Branch and Kershaw County libraries, said Brenda Parker, children’s librarian for the Lancaster County Library.

    “The summer reading program is fun for kids because taking home prizes and taking home books is fun. You get to be in the middle of all these books, and I love that. I love books, and books are fun,” said Parker, known in Lancaster as “Ms. Brenda.” 

  • Chemo with Style

    Susan Gainey wants to do what she can to make life a little easier for chemotherapy patients. 

    For the last year, Gainey, who works with Hospice Care of Tri-County, has hosted Chemo with Style, a beauty and fashion event for women going through chemotherapy. The most recent of these events was held Tuesday, July 16 at The Springs House, 201 W. Gay St.

    “It’s just a time for us all to get together and relax,” Gainey said.

  • Homecoming : 'Third Herd' welcomed back

    Friday, May 31, was a very special day for the family members of the Army National Guard 178th Combat Engineer Battalion, as the group returned home from Afghanistan after a 10-month deployment.

  • Up, up and away!

    It looks almost like a scene from a science fiction movie. Lines of sleek, white motorless planes speckle a field near the border of Lancaster and Kershaw counties. Anxious pilots wait as an airplane soars overhead, towing one of the machines through the sky.

    This is the 18-Meter National Championship gliding competition, an event that gathers the best glider pilots in the U.S. and Canada to compete in a series of challenges.

  • Parsons elected potentate

    From release
    Gary Parsons was elected potentate of the Hejaz Shriners at the annual election held Saturday, Jan. 5.
    Hejaz has 4,851 members and the Shrine Center is located on Ranch Road in Mauldin, which also hosts an 18-hole championship golf course on about 300 acres.

    Parsons was born in Georgetown and educated in the Georgetown school system where he graduated from Winya High School in 1956.

    After serving in the U.S. Army, Parsons moved to Lancaster, where he still resides today.

  • Club tackles IL library landscaping

    Beverly Lane Lorenz
    For The Lancaster News

    The entire Indian Land community can now enjoy the major landscaping project at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

    “I have the most wonderful news,” said Carol Williams, president of the Sun City Carolina Lakes  Mums & Poppies Garden Keepers Club, who made this project their mission.

    “A very generous donation from one of our members was just received (last fall). This donation put us over the top. We have reached our goal of $6,246.99.

  • Serving proudly

    Hall finishes basic training
    U.S. Air Force Airman Michael L. Hall recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. During the eight weeks of training, he completed intensive training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • King's dream lives on

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is clearly a reason to celebrate; and, bringing the Indian Land community together because of it is all the more reason.

    On Jan. 20, Steele Hill AME Zion Church joined Sun City Carolina Lakes in celebrating with prayers, songs and reflections, followed by a gathering with refreshments in the Lake House ballroom at Sun City.
    SCCL Lifestyle Director Trevor Sunderlage said he and a committee of homeowners “put the program together with the idea that we would celebrate MLK’s legacy.”