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  • Church to host Kids/Family Day

    You may compare this event to a carnival. The main difference, though, is that none of the activities will cost you anything. 

    Freedom Freewill Baptist Church will host its second annual Kids/Family Day this Saturday. The event, beginning at 11 a.m., will be held at the church, located at 1697 N. Rocky River Road in the Buford community. 

    There will be several games and activities for children, including inflatables, a petting zoo and face painting. Horseback riding will also be available.

  • Register now for Hi Kee summer literacy program

    From release

    Registration is open for the Hi Kee summer enrichment program, sponsored by Steele Hill Community Partners Inc. 

    Hi Kee is a six-week literacy-based program for students who will be in grades kindergarten through eighth grade in the fall. 

    "Research indicates that students who are not actively engaged in some type of educational program during the summer lose some of what they learned during the school year," said Hi Kee program director Fred Witherspoon.

  • Everything is coming up ‘Red Roses’

    Despite some wet weather, locals and tourists alike still came out in strong numbers for the second annual Red Rose Festival, held Friday and Saturday in downtown Lancaster. 

    This year’s festival featured a healthy mixture of performers and vendors – giving onlookers a chance to experience live music, try new foods and buy original arts and crafts. 

    There was a chance for rain the entire weekend. Organizer Caroline Hasty said she expected rain Friday evening. 

  • Brandon McClain’s driving force for success is vow made to his grandmother

    Indian Land High School senior Brandon McClain came close to dropping out this year.

    The way McClain tells it, the decision crept into his mind sometime during spring break as he lounged around the friend’s house where he was staying with nothing to do, and feeling just fine about it.

    McClain’s logic, he said, was that he was 18, independent, and nobody could stop him if he did. Why not? Quit school and be done with it.

  • Animal control officers can now be armed

    County animal control officers now have better protection against dangerous animals.

    Lancaster County Council unanimously approved a resolution May 9 allowing animal control officers to be armed with long guns. The resolution adopts an animal control firearms usage policy detailing when, where and how a firearm can be used against a dangerous animal. 

    The policy says euthanizing an animal is authorized as a last resort or under several circumstances, including if an animal control officer or resident is being attacked. 

  • Betty “Sadie” Francis Deese Davis Williams, 67

      

     

    Betty “Sadie” Francis Deese Davis Williams, 67, of Lancaster passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at her home.  

  • Authorities search for police impostor

    Two men reported being robbed this weekend by someone impersonating a police officer.

    The two separate robberies happened sometime between 10:15 and 11:35 p.m. May 14, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release. 

  • Fort Mill sewage spill should not affect Lancaster County

    An overflow of sewage into a creek in Fort Mill poses no danger to Lancaster County residents, health officials say.
    The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Monday that untreated wastewater was overflowing into Steele Creek. The leak was caused early that day by a damaged sewer line in Fort Mill's Melbourne subdivision.
    By 3:20 p.m. Monday, crews had made a temporary repair to the line, said DHEC spokesman Adam Myrick.

  • Monkey/fudge cartoon garners national award

    An Indian Land Middle School 8th-grader has won first prize in a national cartoon contest geared toward teaching youth about the Bill of Rights.

    Hayley Schmelzer, 13, was a first-prize winner in the second annual Nationwide Bill of Rights – First Amendment Cartoon Contest sponsored by the California Administrative Office of the Courts and The Constitutional Rights Foundation. 

    Hayley’s submission, one of 1,315 submitted this year, won first prize in the Middle School Comic Strip category.

  • New wastewater treatment system safer than before

    The community had a chance this week to learn firsthand how the city of Lancaster is disinfecting its wastewater these days. 

    On Tuesday afternoon, the city hosted a presentation at its Lockwood Lane treatment plant that highlighted its new disinfection system, which is being paid for through a federal principal-forgiveness loan. 

    City residents and businesses use about 3 million gallons of water per day. That water has to be treated and disinfected before being pumped back into the Catawba River.