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  • Blackmon-Brace: District 3 is her home

    As election time nears, Linda Blackmon-Brace said she'd rather discuss issues such as business revitalization and local government spending. Instead, she's been busy defending whether she lives in District 3, where she's seeking a Lancaster City Council seat.

    Blackmon-Brace, who is running against incumbent Audrey Curry, said she has lived in houses in three different districts over the past two years.

  • Glenwood Heights Baptist celebrates 60th anniversary

    It was an exciting and special day for Glenwood Heights Baptist Church.

    On Sept. 28, members, former members, pastors and staff and family and friends reunited for the church's 60th anniversary.

    The Rev. Steve Neal welcomed everyone and recognized 13 charter members. He asked for a moment of silence for those who had died.

    Music by the Future, the children of Glenwood Heights, sang "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."

  • Get some answers at forum

    INDIAN LAND – Voters are encouraged to come out to a political forum to learn more about the candidates running for local, state and even national office.

    Before You Vote – 2008 Candidate Forum will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Indian Land Middle School gymnasium, 8361 Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521).

    There will be a meet-and-greet with candidates from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the forum.

    The forum is co-sponsored by Carolina Gateway, the Indian Land Action Council and Indian Land Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Kershaw chooses firm to build new town hall

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council chose a construction company for its new town hall project Monday, but the decision was not unanimous.

    Out of three possible choices, council voted 4-2 to award the contract to PF & Perry L. Mungo Inc. of Pageland.

    Council members Rose Marie Baker, Mark Dorman, Lewis Sims and Oscar Coates voted in favor. Council members Harold Williams and Wade Hunter voted against.

    Mayor Tommy Baker, who generally only votes to break a tie, did not vote.

  • Republicans for Norrell?

    Some local Republicans say they'll cross party lines to support state Senate District 16 candidate Mandy Powers Norrell.

    The GOP members are calling themselves Republicans for Norrell, and have their own political signs supporting Norrell.

    Indian Land resident Don McCorkle, who is on the Lancaster County school board, said he's supporting Norrell because of her support for public education. School board seats are non-partisan.

  • GOP sought Norrell school records

    School choice is an issue in the hotly contested race between Mick Mulvaney and Mandy Powers Norrell for the state Senate District 16 seat.

    Both candidates have discussed the issue of school choice, with Republican candidate Mulvaney, who is also the incumbent state District 45 House representative, favoring ideas such as charter schools and school vouchers, and Democrat Norrell strongly opposing a statewide voucher system.

    The S.C. Republican Party has also taken an interest in the issue in the Mulvaney/Norrell race.

  • County delays property reassessment until 2010

    County Council decided to put off reassessing property values.

    County Assessor Norman Anderson said council's unanimous vote Monday night will put off reassessment until 2010. Council could vote again next year to delay it to 2011.

    Anderson said resale values of homes in Lancaster County have not dropped. In the eight-county Charlotte metro region, Anderson said York and Lancaster counties are faring the best, although Lancaster County has still seen a drop in home sales.

  • North Elementary holds Olympics field day

    It started with the passing of the torch.

    The opening ceremony came afterward. Then it was on to the games, to be followed by a medal ceremony.

    The summer Olympic Games in Beijing wrapped up nearly two months ago. North Elementary School was inspired by that to hold its own Olympics, which was the theme for its annual fall field day.

    "This was a way to branch off what happened in China and bring it home," parent coordinator Bridgett Plexico said. "Everybody participated."

    Each of the school's 34 classes represented a different nation.

  • Plenty of flu vaccine this year in Lancaster County

    As flu season descends on Lancaster County, health department officials want to assure residents that there will be enough flu shots for those who want them.

    Suzanne Sanders, public information officer for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control Region Three, which includes Lancaster and York counties, said that unlike previous years, there will be no shortage of flu vaccine this year.

  • A steady flow at Kershaw event

    KERSHAW – A little rain didn't stop the Hog Jam in Kershaw on Saturday.

    While some of the inflatable children's games were vacant in the morning, the smell of freshly cooked barbecue let you know the third annual event was still going strong.

    Hundreds of people, many with umbrellas and rain jackets, flooded Kershaw's downtown area in search of some barbecue and a good time.

    Lancaster resident Keith Melton said he heard good things about the Hog Jam in the past and wanted to come out to see it for himself.