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  • Rash of car break-ins reported in IL

    There are still no leads in a string of recent car break-ins in Indian Land. 

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies are searching for whoever broke into at least a dozen vehicles throughout several Indian Land neighborhoods May 19-20 and then again May 26. 

    Sgt. Eric Brown, a crime prevention officer with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, has sent several e-mail crime alerts during the past week about the break-ins to residents in the northern part of the county. 

  • Man crashes car after chase

    A Lancaster man was arrested recently after leading police on a car chase along U.S. 521. 

    The chase began shortly after Lancaster police officers, who were patrolling the intersection of Woodland and Roddey drives at 10:58 a.m. May 11, noticed a man drive by whom they had a warrant on, according to a police department incident report. 

    The driver, later identified as Charles Henry Davis, 43, 2543 Great Falls Highway, was driving under suspension and made an improper turn, so officers tried to pull him over, the report said. 

  • Economists predict slow improvement

    The economy will continue to improve in the coming year – slowly.

    That was the message from national economist Steve Rick during the 2011 Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Forum on Thursday morning at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Building. 

    The event, sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union, drew about 100 local business men and women.

  • Diplomas change lives for adult ed graduates

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com 

    When it comes to graduations, none represent determination and overcoming the odds quite like a commencement ceremony for adult education graduates.

    Every graduate has a story

    Take 45-year-old Paula Ivey of Buford and her 22-year-old daughter, Brittany Dabbs, for example. Both graduated Wednesday night with their GEDs from the Lancaster County School District adult education program.

  • Edenmoor deadline extended

    The Lancaster County Forfeited Land Commission has extended the deadline for a Charlotte-based real estate developer to present a viable purchase contract for Edenmoor.

    The Forfeited Land Com-mission (FLC) had set a May 17 deadline for a purchase contract from the developer, Eden Ventures.

    FLC Chairman John Lane said the company met the deadline, but commissioners granted the extension in light of a new Eden Ventures proposition that would speed up the purchase process.

  • Brumfield to chair March for Babies

    March of Dimes

    Bruce Brumfield, CEO of Founders Federal Credit Union, will serve as chairman for the 2011 Piedmont South Carolina March for Babies, which includes the Lancaster, Chester, Cheraw, Chesterfield and Kershaw areas. 

    He is committed to helping reach the event goal of $40,000 to support March of Dimes’ research and community programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies to begin healthy lives.  

    The local March for Babies will be Oct. 22 at Lancaster High School.

  • Graduation: Andrew Jackson High School

    KERSHAW – The gymnasium erupted in loud cheers after all the graduates crossed the stage Friday afternoon at Andrew Jackson High School. 

    As is common policy during commencement ceremonies, the crowd was asked not to make noise when an individual student’s name was called. So that meant hundreds of family members and friends had to wait to let their loved one hear their level of love and pride on this special day. 

  • Graduation: Buford High School

    Buford High School’s Class of 2011 might be the smallest graduating class of Lancaster County’s four high schools, but it celebrated in a big way during this year’s commencement exercises Friday.

    Wearing the school’s traditional maroon and gold, the school’s 116 graduating seniors, and the hundreds of families and friends there to celebrate with them, held their tongues for the most part until the last diploma was awarded.

    Then the school’s gymnasium erupted.

  • Graduation: Indian Land High School

    INDIAN LAND – A fanfare of “Pomp and Circumstances” and cheering filled the air as the 134 members of Indian Land High School’s Class of 2011 marched into the school’s gymnasium Friday for the last official act of their high school careers – graduation.

    This year’s class was the first to complete all four years of school together in the new Indian Land High School building, Principal Kathy Faris said during her welcome. 

  • Graduation: Lancaster High School

    Heavy rains didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 2011 graduating class of Lancaster High School.

    Graduation ceremonies were moved from Memorial Stadium to the Lancaster High gym after torrential rains fell in the area Friday evening.

    “No rain is going to stop us,” graduate Richie Harper said. “It’s just water.  The Class of 2011 wont melt.”  

    The 327 Lancaster High graduates faced their final high school ceremony with mixed emotions.