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  • Founders announces $6M in dividends for members

    Amid the current national banking crisis and a possible recession, Founders Federal Credit Union plans to reassure its members by returning $6 million in bonus dividends.

    Bruce Brumfield, president and chief executive officer of Founders, said the dividends will be divided into two amounts, $3 million for savers and $3 million for borrowers.

    The credit union has more than 180,000 members. The bonus dividends will be allocated to members in good standing.

  • Group wants to ensure teen gets fair shake

    With the Carter family all dressed in black behind him, a civil rights advocate for the 17-year-old charged with burning the Lancaster County Courthouse talked about the bigger picture.

    At a press conference in front of the damaged courthouse Wednesday, John Barnette, the South Carolina representative for the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, said his organization has been asked to do three things for the family of Martavious Carter.

  • LHS band performs a fast-paced show

    Brittany McCrosson has a unique task this season for the Lancaster High School marching band.

    The junior pit captain not only plays the marimba, she's also a member of the color guard. So, during the band's 2008 show, titled "It's OK ... I'm with the Band," you'll see McCrosson tapping on percussion keys one minute and twirling a flag the next.

    She has to move quickly to do it.

    Fortunately for McCrosson, there's enough time in between songs to go back and forth from the percussion pit to the flags.

  • City sets sights on equipment

    The city of Lancaster is closer to obtaining much-needed new heavy equipment.

    City Council approved first reading Sept. 23 of an ordinance that would 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.

    The gross revenue fund would receive $470,000 to buy a dump truck for $60,000, a front-end loader for $140,000 and a sewer jet vacuum truck for $270,000.

  • Group questions charges against teen

    The National Action Network is conducting a civil rights investigation into the arrest of a 17-year-old in connection to armed robberies and the arson of the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Area NAN representative John Barnette said a press conference will be held by the family of Martavious Semaj Carter at 10 a.m. today in front of the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Carter is charged with the Aug. 4 arson at the courthouse and another arson on Aug. 7 at 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield's office.

  • Presidential race spurs new voters

    The presidential race is spurring non-voters to register to cast a ballot for the first time.

    Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said since Aug. 18, 1,432 people have registered to vote. Some of those are likely new residents to the county, but others are people, including teenagers, who have never registered before.

    "We've got applications stacked everywhere," Stump said Tuesday, describing her office.

  • CVS opens new store

    INDIAN LAND – Clarence and Flora Duley of Sun City Carolina Lakes drove their golf cart to the new CVS at Carolina Commons on U.S. 521 on Sunday.

    Besides being the only pharmacy in Indian Land, it's also the first retail destination for residents of the active senior living community.

    The Duleys moved to Indian Land two years ago and have waited for the day when there would be shopping within a short cart drive from their home.

    "It's a piece of cake," said neighbor Joyce Anliker of the drive from her Sun City home.

  • Third annual Fall into Fun festival is Saturday

    INDIAN LAND – The countdown is here – only three more days until the third annual Fall into Fun festival.

    The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Indian Land Middle School.

    Proceeds from the festival benefit the Del Webb Library at Indian Land, which is slated to open late this year or in early 2009.

    The festival has a change of venue this year, from Sun City Carolina Lakes to Indian Land Middle School. Organizers hope the new location will offer better parking and more visibility from U.S. 521, to draw in more people.

  • Festival celebrates milestone

    The sounds of guitars, mandolins and harmonicas drifted through the air Saturday as people gathered to celebrate the 20th annual Carolina Legends festival.

    The festival at Andrew Jackson State Park featured 11 bluegrass and blues bands, playing a variety of songs at the park's amphitheater. Music lovers set up lawn chairs and blankets around the stage to hear their favorite bands.

    "We think it's going great and the kids are really enjoying it," said Leslie Plyer, who brought her children – Courtney, 2, and Kaden, 4 – to see the bands.

  • Dems push for change at Fish Bash

    Now is the time for change, say Lancaster County Democrats.

    Mandy Powers Norrell, Democratic candidate for the District 16 state Senate seat, focused on that idea at the biannual Lancaster County Democratic Party's fish bash Monday at the Catawba Fish Camp in Fort Lawn.

    Norrell, a Lancaster attorney, was the keynote speaker at the bash.

    She said changes need to be made to the tax system and the way schools are funded. She said her goal as a lawmaker would be to help give everyone a chance to achieve the American dream.