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  • AJ, IL bands to compete for state title Saturday

    Two of the county’s high school marching bands will have a chance to capture the top prize this weekend.
    The bands at Andrew Jackson High School and Indian Land High School are competing at the  2A state championships Saturday at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.  
    The berths came after AJHS and ILHS placed fifth and sixth, respectively, last weekend at Upper State preliminaries at Boiling Spring High School in Spartanburg. The top six bands advanced to the state finals.

  • Saturday is night for trick and treats

    Trick-or-treaters usually have just one thing on their mind – which doors to knock on.
    But with Halloween falling on a Sunday this year, trick-or-treaters and their parents are wondering when they should collect their candy. Should they go Sunday or Saturday?
    Both the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the Lancaster Police Department said Saturday is the official day for trick or treating.

  • Rest of S.C. 160 work paving to begin soon

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – As motorists enjoy a newly paved stretch of S.C. 160 in Indian Land, crews are making plans to pave another portion of the highway.
    Kenneth Wilson, S.C. Department of Transportation construction engineer for Lancaster County, said a paving crew is hoping to soon begin work on a half-mile segment of the highway, from Barberville Road to Sugar Creek Bridge, which is the dividing line between Lancaster and York counties.

  • Clemson Extension Service cuts hours at Lancaster office

    The Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service in Lancaster has reduced the hours that someone will be at the French Street office due to budget cuts.
    The agency is moving to multi-county service centers after almost half of its state funding was cut in the last two years.
    Lancaster and Kershaw counties now share a service center in Camden after the administrative assistant’s position was eliminated here.
    Twenty-two of the state’s 46 county extension service offices no long have an administrative assistant.

  • County’s jobless rate declines

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate dropped in September by 1.4 percent to 15.7 percent.
    The county’s jobless rate, however, remains above both the state and national rate.
    In September, the nation’s jobless rate stood at 9.6 percent, where it has been for much of 2010. The state’s jobless rate declined slightly in September to 11 percent.
    The state’s jobless rate in August was 11.1 percent. South Carolina had the sixth-highest jobless rate in the nation in September.

  • Time for students to apply for Leroy Springs loans

    Applications for  Leroy Springs student loans will be available on Nov. 1 for students seeking assistance for college costs for the spring semester. The deadline for receipt of applications is Dec. 1.
    The Springs Close Foundation Inc. has made 133 interest-free loans so far this year to college students who live in Lancaster County and the Chester and Fort Mill areas.  

  • New life for old church

    The Olde Presbyterian Church on West Gay Street had a few bats in its belfry before a renovation project began last year.
    Well, not exactly. The bats, more than a few – try 1,500 to 2,000 – found a home in the attic, not the belfry, of the roughly 140-year-old church.
    Two species of bats, the little brown bat and Mexican free-tailed bat, colonized in the attic, raising generations of bats for at least 20 years, said Jason Peeples of Forest and Wildlife Innovations, a company that specializes in removing nuisance animals from populated areas.

  • J. Marion Sims Foundation elects new officers

    Members of the medical and legal professions have been elected to positions of leadership by the board of trustees of the J. Marion Sims Foundation.
    Dr. R. Malcolm Edwards, a Lancaster ophthalmologist with The Eye and Laser Center, has been elected chairman of the board.  
    Robert K. Folks, a partner in the law firm of Folks, Khoury and DeVenny, has been elected vice chairman.
    Pamela Y. Temple of Great Falls, a medical professional with two decades’ experience in health care, has been elected secretary.  

  • Couple ties the knot at Cowboy Church

    Carolina Cowboy Church recently held its very first wedding.  
    Richard Hayes Sr. and Debbie Gower were married Sept. 2 by Pastor Jack Nunn.  
    Richard said it’s amazing how he and Debbie met.  
    He was diagnosed with cancer in October 2008 and had to begin chemotherapy treatments. He was sent to Carolina Blood and Cancer Associates, where she is an oncology nurse.  
    They talked when Richard went in for treatments.

  • Former trooper helps other cope with stress disorder

    John Rutledge Jr. expected to have a long career in law enforcement.
    Rutledge, 33, followed in the foot steps of his father, John Rutledge Sr., who also served in law enforcement and the military.
    Rutledge got his start at the Chester County Detention Center in 1996, and then came to work as a correctional officer at the Lancaster County Detention Center a year later.
    In 1998, he was hired at the Lancaster Police Department, where he worked as a patrol officer, K-9 handler, SWAT officer and school resource officer.