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  • A few candidates embrace Internet in '08 campaign

    It used to be that the only way political candidates could reach a large audience was to spend their days walking door to door, meeting voters where they lived.

    But in a world where social network Web sites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have become the quickest ways to reach an audience, candidates in local elections have turned to emerging technology to reach even more potential voters.

  • Chamber leaders look to Beaufort for advice

    "Leading Businesses and Leading Communities" is the theme of the 38th annual planning conference of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, set for Nov. 7-9, in the historic town of Beaufort.

    "Lancaster County is on the threshold of exploding growth, and we chose Beaufort as our conference site because we believe much can be learned from another community that has encountered many of the challenges we are beginning to face," said chamber Chairman Jay Rainey.

  • Candidates face off at forum

    Candidates shook hands with voters and then got down to business at a political forum sponsored by Carolina Gateway, the Indian Land Action Council and the Indian Land Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday night.

    The forum, held at Indian Land Middle School, started off with a meet-and-greet with candidates. Candidates and their campaign volunteers lined the school driveway with signs and set up tables in the school lobby.

    Each candidate had one minute to respond to questions, with a 30-second rebuttal period.

  • Former resident makes daring escape as hills around him burn in L.A.

    LOS ANGELES – As wildfires raged across parts of the Los Angeles area this week, one Lancaster man found himself running for his life.

    Daniel Ghent, who lived in Lancaster most of his life before relocating to California four years ago, began his day like any other at work for Phone Power, a voice-over-Internet protocol telephone company based in California. But by the end of the day, he had already been on a harrowing trip through a wildfire to make sure his wife and son were safe.

  • City Council moves several projects forward

    Lancaster City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with several construction and improvement projects.

    The projects include a lease-purchase agreement to buy city equipment, funding to upgrade a lift station and to power a former Springs Global building.

    Council unanimously approved final reading of an ordinance that will provide the city with a lease-purchase agreement to buy new equipment.

    The proposed agreement, which totals $825,000, divides the requested equipment into two separate funds.

  • Liens filed against developers

    INDIAN LAND – Edenmoor is apparently not paying its bills.

    According to information from the Lancaster County register of deeds office, three liens, totaling about $2.2 million, have been filed by contractors against Edenmoor.

    Edenmoor is an 800-acre development planned to have about 2,000 homes when complete. It is owned by Lawson's Bend LLC.

    GS Carolina handles development activity for Lawson's Bend, but does not have any ownership in Edenmoor, said GS Carolina development manager Sean Calloway.

  • Green, Sumner square off in City Council District 4

    Two-term Lancaster City Councilman Bill Sumner and political newcomer Tamara Green are vying for the District 4 seat in this year's city election.

    Election Day is Nov. 4.

    Tamara Green

    Green, 34, who was born and raised in Lancaster, said she decided to run after thinking about her passion and drive to help the people in her community. She lists safety as a chief concern.

  • Katawba trust introduces director at annual meeting

    Austin Jenkins, Katawba Valley Land Trust's executive director, reflected on his lifelong passion for nature while introducing himself to the public last week.

    Jenkins remembers watching animals and insects while marveling at the different trees and plants while growing up in Camden. He believes that curiosity for nature has landed him in what he calls the perfect job.

    Jenkins, who recently became KVLT's first executive director, spoke during the trust's annual meeting, held Oct. 9 at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Van Wyck welcomes Olympic champ

    VAN WYCK – A Congressman, a councilman and a coach were just a few of the more than 150 people who gathered Saturday to honor two-time Olympian Shawn Crawford.

    The Van Wyck community came out to celebrate Crawford's homecoming following his silver medal in the 200-meter race at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games in August.

    A similar event was held in 2004 after he won a gold medal in the 200-meter and silver medal in the 100-meter relay at the Athens Summer Olympic Games.

  • ILHS band stepping 'Outside the Box'

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land High School marching band is trying to step 'Outside the Box' this year.

    Instead of playing songs from a movie soundtrack or a popular rock hit, the band has brought concert-style music to the field. And by the sounds of things, the members seem to buy into the idea.

    The Warriors' 2008 show is titled "Outside the Box" and features the songs "Legends in the Mist," "Explorations" and "Prelude and Primal Dance."

    Director Mathew Willis wanted the band to try something different this year.