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  • Summer Time Fun not all games

    HEATH SPRINGS – Classic games such as Bingo, checkers and Battleship decorated the gymnasium floor at Heath Springs Elementary School.

    Every Tuesday for nearly two months, dozens of students picked which games they would play with their peers. Because of the wide selection, each day could bring a different gaming experience for any given student.

    But there was much more going on than board games.

  • O'Brien to step down from council

    Lancaster City Councilman Danny O'Brien announced Friday that he won't seek a fourth term.

    O'Brien, who represents District 6, made his announcement on the first day of filing for City Council and Lancaster County school board seats. He said it had been a pleasure to serve the city.

    "After 12 years of service, I feel that now is a good time for me to step down," O'Brien said.

    "I have learned a lot during the past years about city government and I appreciate the opportunity that you all have given me to serve on council."

  • Center all ears no more

    The Listening Center, which has offered support groups free of charge for more than 20 years, closed its doors on Thursday.

    Lindsay Pace, who has been director of the center for the last three months, said the agency is closing due to a lack of funding. She didn't get specific.

    "A lot of people are sad to see it leaving," Pace said. "It's been difficult for a lot of people.'

    The New Hope Group of Narcotics Anonymous will continue to meet at the center. Pace said she believes the fibromyalgia support group will continue to meet there.

  • Indian Land company takes part in 'Extreme Makeover Home Edition'

    "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," the Emmy-award winning hit reality show on ABC Television, came to Charlotte to surprise one lucky family with an extreme home makeover last week."

    With a goal to help construct a new house in one week, The Master's Construction Co. of Indian Land has joined Charlotte builder, American Heartland Homebuilder, and developer, JED Development, to aid the family.'

    The company was invited by its vendor, Stock Building Supply, which has made significant material contributions to the Charlotte project.

  • McManus, 22, takes on two preaching jobs this summer

    Brandon McManus realized at an early age what his calling would be.

    At 14, he traveled with his home church, Antioch Baptist, to Go Tell Camp in Toccoa, Ga. He believed God was working on his heart to serve him.

    McManus went to his youth pastor, Chris Blackmon, and told him he thought the Lord was calling him to preach.

    "I never thought about preaching before until I had a dream about it, and it felt so real," McManus said. "I started wishing it was me when I saw somebody preach."

    The next year, Blackmon asked McManus to preach on Youth Sunday.

  • Father's jersey inspires team

    Like father, like son.

    It's a well-worn cliche, but in this case, it fits like a special jersey.

    Lancaster Dixie Baseball AAA all-star right fielder Darius Robinson and his father, Darrell, have something in common besides their love for baseball.

    Darius Robinson has a Dixie Youth Baseball state championship jersey to match one earned by his dad 27 years ago.

  • Tax-free shopping weekend runs through midnight Sunday

    Retailers here and across the state are hoping to ring up large sales this weekend during the state's ninth annual tax-free shopping weekend.

    It began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and concludes at midnight Sunday.

    South Carolina is one of six states to host tax-free shopping weekends this weekend. The others are North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and Missouri.

    During the weekend, the state's sales and use tax is lifted on purchases of clothes, shoes, school supplies, book bags, computers, computer parts, printers and more.

  • City Council, school board filing begins

    Interest has been good surrounding the opening day of filing for Lancaster City Council and Lancaster County school board seats.

    Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump said the voter registration and election office has received many calls about filing, which opens today at noon.

    "People have been calling and wanting to look at (district) maps," Stump said Thursday. "More for City Council than school board."

    City Council seats up for election are Districts 3, 4 and 6, now held by incumbents Audrey Curry, Bill Sumner and Danny O'Brien.

  • Superintendent gets excellent rating

    Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore is beginning his third year at Lancaster County School District with the full backing of the school board, which has again given him an excellent rating on his annual evaluation.

    The school board shared the 2007-08 review with Moore and others during its meeting Tuesday night.

    The superintendent was evaluated in seven areas: as a chief executive officer and for community relations, educational leadership, facilities management, financial management, staff personnel management and student personnel services.

  • New law impacts cyclists, drivers

    When avid bicyclists George and Renee Gunter go street biking these days, they pass two white bicycles on U.S. 521 near Niven Road in Indian Land.

    A month ago, those bikes weren't there. Ten months ago, they had no reason to be there.

    George and Renee were at a bike shop Oct. 21, 2007, when they got a call from Renee's mother.

    An accident involving two bicyclists had happened near the Gunters' house.