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  • Gardening as therapy

    The Lancaster Garden Club treated a large group at Lancaster-Chester Disabilities and Special Needs to a little gardening therapy Tuesday morning.
    More than 30 participants welcomed the garden club members for the annual event. Each person planted a small plant to take home and watch grow. Everyone enjoyed a hot dog lunch and sang songs. The ages of the individuals who attended ranged from 18 to over 60 years old.

  • Citadel House celebrates those who’ve become self-sufficient

    More than 30 guests, program sponsors and participants crowded the Lancaster Bowling Center on Thursday to celebrate the Citadel House’s achievements after one-year of serving the county’s homeless.
    “We serve them, and show love to them,” said Ismary Alvarenga, a volunteer with El Camino Ministry. “It’s our passion to be servants of the Lord.”

  • Solicitor Newman running for 2nd term

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman on Thursday launched his candidacy for a second term in office.
    The Republican prosecutor, whose circuit includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties, made his announcement at the Historic Courthouse in Lancaster.
    “I went through what I said I would do the first time, and I’ll continue to do that,” Newman said. “I’ve done everything that I said that I would do.”

  • Local students shine at Braille Challenge

    Two Lancaster County students came home victorious and another took second place in his division at the 2018 S.C. Regional Braille Challenge in Columbia.
    The winners were Buford Elementary second-grader Landon Bryson, 7, and homeschooler Jenna Cross, 9. Jenna’s brother Joshua, also 9, was a runner-up at the state competition.
    “I thought I was going to fail,” Landon said. “When I won, I jumped up and down so hard that I hit my hand. But I didn’t cry, because it didn’t hurt.”

  • Jo Dee Messina brings feisty country to USCL

    More than two decades ago, Jo Dee Messina became a country music-chart topper with a feisty, slightly rebellious sound, willing to leave her fate to the toss of a coin as in her first hit, “Heads Carolina, Tails California.”
    Messina is a little less carefree now but still feisty. These days, it’s more about holding on than letting go. She has two children and runs her own music label, Dreambound Records.

  • How would becoming a town affect IL services?

    With the Indian Land incorporation vote only weeks away, much has been said about how incorporation would change Indian Land and, depending on one’s stance on the issue, the benefits or drawbacks those changes would have on its residents.
    Aside from the contentious issues of law enforcement and road maintenance, much less attention has been paid to the other services proposed for a future town of Indian Land beyond their overall impact on property taxes.

  • How are new gas taxes being spent?

    COLUMBIA – S.C. motorists began paying 2 cents more per gallon for fuel plus several fee increases July 1, the first phase in a six-year series of revenue hikes that will raise billions to fix and maintain the state’s roads and bridges.
    So how much new tax money has been generated? How much has been spent? And what has this new money paid for?
    State Comptroller Richard Eckstrom is providing the answers.

  • Kershaw makes offer to owners of 2 buildings scarred in blaze

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw will offer a town-owned piece of property on East Marion Street to the adjacent owners after one of their buildings was damaged by a 2015 fire or the cleanup after the blaze.
    “There is some liability on our part because we own the property,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman after town council unanimously voted Feb. 19 to offer the property to local businessmen Gus Deligiannidis and Darren Sowell.

  • Wrangler of 350 youth teams named county’s top employee

    For Katherine Walters, deputy director of Lancaster County Parks and Recreation, no two days are alike.
    One day can focus on budget and payroll. The next day it’s P&R’s afterschool program or setting up a coach’s clinic for the county’s youth sports programs.
    And somehow she finds time to oversee 350 youth teams in 10 sports ranging from soccer to cheerleading.
    But Walters, who last week was named as the county’s top employee for 2017, wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Social media spat in IL vote

    The ongoing dispute between Indian Land incorporation supporters and opponents flared again last week over social media posts.
    Opponents called the posts attempts to misinform eligible voters and intimidate financial supporters of the No Town effort ahead of the March 27 referendum.
    Organizers of the incorporation effort responded that they can’t control what supporters say, and they argued that opponents are trying to bully people who are practicing free speech.