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  • Wrapped up in the 2012 Summer Olympics

    What do world-renowned athletes, proud Olympic torchbearers and a Lancaster manufacturing company all have in common?

    As it turns out, all will make their mark on this year’s Summer Olympics in London. 

    The Cooley Group, a mass producer of polyethylene-based print media products such as billboards and signage, announced Monday, May 7, that its latest product will completely wrap the brand-new Olympic Stadium. 

  • Walnut Creek EMS station now open

    INDIAN LAND – The Walnut Creek EMS Station 8 is open and ready to respond after a delay following its transfer to the county in December.

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services Director Clayton Catoe said the station opened officially at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, May 3.

    “We’re real excited to be moving in there and being able to provide better response times (in the Panhandle) down toward Lancaster and all the way up to Sun City,” Catoe said.

  • District 7 County Council hopefuls discuss issues

    Candidates for Lancaster County Council’s new District 7 seat met last week to discuss their positions on the issues facing Indian Land residents, but ended up agreeing on most.

    Republicans Brian Carnes and Jerry Holt are the only two candidates running for the newly redrawn council district representing the county’s northern tip. 

    The two will face off in the GOP primary June 12.

  • Arrest made in HOPE theft

    Alabama authorities tracked down and arrested a Lancaster woman this week in connection with a theft from a local charity. 

    Christy Leeann Ellis, 31, 3283 Camp Creek Road, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Auburn, Ala., on five counts of forgery, each less than $10,000, said Kathryn Richardson, spokeswoman for the S.C. Law Enforcement Division(SLED). 

  • Barry leaves outstanding track record

    When the Andrew Jackson High School Class of 2012 graduates in just a few short weeks, it will not only mark those students’ farewell to AJ High, but also an end of an era in public education.
    AJ Principal Mary Barry recently announced she will retire from her post at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.
    Barry had hoped to work one more year, but her decision was based on the care needed by her elderly mother in Detroit.
    Barry’s retirement ends a wonderful career in public service.

  • SLED investigating HOPE breach

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    An organization known for helping local families in need is suddenly in need itself, as authorities investigate a recent theft at HOPE in Lancaster.
    The 501-(c) 3, non-profit group, which provides assistance with food and utility bills to area families, announced the theft in a press release sent Friday, May 4.
    “(HOPE) recently experienced a breach in the data stored on its computer through the theft of computer equipment,” according to the release.

  • Cook, Coy taken off ballot

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Two of the candidates running for the S.C. House 44 seat will not appear on the June 10 primary ballot.
    Democrat Bob Cook of Kershaw and Republican Joseph Coy of Heath Springs are among nearly 200 candidates statewide affected by last week’s S.C. Supreme Court ruling.
    The ruling, issued on Wednesday, affirms a law saying that candidates who did not file a statement of candidacy the same time they filed their statement of economic interest (SEI) could not be certified to seek office.

  • Recycling Ruckus

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – By now, clashes between industry and upper-Panhandle residents as a result of the area’s uneven zoning are well documented; and now there’s another, this time between residents and an Indian Land recycler.
    As part one of a two-part series this week and next, we’ll look at the tensions between the two parties and examine some of the issues behind it.

  • James Williams devises unique way to say thanks

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    Saying thanks isn’t very hard if you know how.
    James Williams did just that Saturday in his own unassuming way by walking across the Colonial Life Center stage during commencement exercises at the University of South Carolina.
    Williams, only 19, has a lot of people to say thanks to and earning a college degree in social work is his way of doing that.

  • Pantry at HOPE in Lancaster almost bare

    By now, you have probably read the story  on Page 1A about the investigation of the missing money and a missing computer at HOPE in Lancaster.
    If that wasn’t bad enough, there is another pressing issue, too.
    The annual Stamp Out Hunger! food drive set for Saturday, May 12, is a godsend for the agency, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Somebody a lot smarter than me once said a picture is worth a thousand words and I had to see it for myself.