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  • 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.

  • Walk to School Day draws early bird crowd

    If you were in the vicinity of Clinton Elementary School just before dawn Wednesday, you may have seen an unusual sight and heard an unusual sound.

    The sight was students walking from Eastside Academy to Clinton Elementary School. The sound was a bagpipe.

    Wednesday was International Walk to School Day, an event in which Clinton Elementary has participated the last three years. Its purpose is to emphasis the importance of exercise, as well as safe streets and communities.

  • Cole, Grier face off in County Council District 3 race

    First-term incumbent Wesley Grier, a Republican, faces fellow longtime Buford resident D.W. Cotton Cole, a Democrat, in the race for the County Council District 3 seat.

    The district covers the Buford community, as well as the Camp Creek, Tradesville, Unity and Pleasant Dale communities.

    Election Day is Nov. 4.

    Wesley Grier

  • One tradition of county fair not on bill this year

    The exhibit building, long a staple of the Lancaster County Fair, will be closed this year due to decreased interest.

    For years, the exhibit building featured homemade crafts and produce from local residents, but participation dropped significantly during the last few fairs.

    George Rollings, a fair organizer and a member of the American Legion, which sponsors the event, said organizers decided to close the exhibit building altogether this year.

  • Credit union to invest $32M

    Founders Federal Credit Union formally unveiled its plans for its new 110,000-square-foot headquarters Thursday.

    The three-story building, called the Corporate Center, will be built on a 30-acre parcel of land at Gillsbrook and Plantation roads. The company plans to break ground in November and expects the project to take about 20 months. The project is expected to cost about $32 million.

    Plans for the building have been in development for over a year, as Founders, the county and the city of Lancaster have worked to reach an agreement on the new facility.

  • Barbecue lovers head to Kershaw for Hog Jam

    KERSHAW – The smell of barbecue will fill the air this weekend as the third annual Hog Jam Festival comes to downtown Kershaw.

    The festival will also feature a barbecue cookoff, at least 25 craft and food vendors, various musical acts and plenty of activities for children. Joyce Adams, Hog Jam committee chairwoman, is hoping for a large crowd this year. The festival has averaged around 3,000 visitors.