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  • ILMS wins national recognition

    Indian Land Middle School is one of 10 schools in the country honored as a 2011 U-ACT School by the Red Robin Foundation.
    The acronym “U-ACT” stands for “Unbridled Acts,” or random acts of kindness.
    Red Robin’s U-ACT program recognizes schools that demonstrate a commitment to promoting kindness and is dedicated to character-building in grades six through eight.
    The honor of being designated a U-ACT Merit School entitles ILMS to a $1,200 grant and $250 for a party to reward students.

  • County prepares for zoning changes

    Lancaster County residents are scratching their heads about the name for a series of public meetings set for a potential countywide rezoning process.
    After years of constant complaints from residents about the county’s zoning classifications, including what types of buildings can be constructed where, Lancaster County Council approved a plan last fall to review and possibly revise those classifications.

  • Grads prepare for big day

    This Friday will be a time of celebration at local high schools as hundreds of graduates take the stage at commencement ceremonies across Lancaster County.
    A total of 724 Lancaster County graduates will say goodbye to high school, diplomas in hand, and embark on the next step in their journey toward adulthood to the sound of “Pomp and Circumstance.”
    Along with all those graduates will be family members and friends there to celebrate the special day with them.

  • Graduates who inspire: Knight an inspiration for other students at Carolina Christian Academy

    Carolina Christian Academy senior Kendall Knight doesn’t hesitate when you ask him if he has a favorite Bible verse.
    The words come sure and unhesitating, as if relied upon in time of need, repeated as encouragement, recalled as a guiding declaration of faith.
    “Sure. It’s 1 John 4:4[b], ‘greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world,’” Knight says. “I’ve even got it stitched on one of my hats.”

  • Coalition of Healthy Youth urges stores to sign covenant

    Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth

  • News briefs 5-25-11

    Open house on UDO Thursday
    Lancaster County planning staff will hold a charrette, or open-house meeting, with county residents this week regarding changes to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance.
    The meeting will be 5 to 9  p.m. Thursday in council chambers at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St..
    Although there will be no formal presentation, detailed information on proposed new zoning districts will be available and planning staff members will answer questions and record comments on the proposals.

  • Papers win 8 awards

    The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway brought home a total of eight awards during this year’s 2010 Landmark Community Newspapers (LCNI) Editorial Contest.

    LCNI, of Shelbyville, Ky., is the parent company of both newspapers and the annual editorial contest includes entries from newspapers across the country.

    Stories entered in the contest ran during the 2010 calendar year.

    In all, The Lancaster News won a total of seven awards in the Tri/Semiweekly division, including three first-place wins. 

  • Traffic calming policy approved

    No speed limits, narrow roads and speeding motorists have some residents wondering how to keep their neighborhoods safe.

    After receiving several requests to slow down traffic in various areas throughout the county, Lancaster County Council discussed enacting a traffic calming policy at its May 9 meeting. 

    Deputy County Administrator Jeff Naftal said the policy would establish a process for county staff to use when they receive a request to help slow down traffic in a specific neighborhood. 

  • Andrew Jackson’s Robinson beats odds to earn his diploma

    Isaac Robinson heard the doubts. He felt the negative energy and was the topic of conversation among naysayers at Andrew Jackson High School. 

    Those people are often called “haters,” but Robinson also saw them as motivators. 

    Robinson, 18, who will graduate Friday from AJHS, faced quite an uphill climb to get to this point. 

  • Kershaw planning 2011-12 budget at special meeting

    KERSHAW – Kershaw residents may see an increase in their water rates as officials begin serious discussion about the town’s 2011-12 budget. 

    Town Administrator Tony Starnes shared preliminary figures with council members during Monday’s meeting.

    A first draft shows the town’s general fund budget for the next fiscal year at $1.17 million. That’s down from the $1.14 million budgeted for 2010-11.