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  • Hot enough for you? Heat wave is on

    You'll likely feel the warmest you have all year this week, as a heat wave continues in the area.

    After a cooler than normal early spring, it will feel like mid-summer the rest of the week with steamy temperatures hitting the 90s.

    Today's high will reach 93 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, and it will be even warmer on Thursday, with highs in the mid 90s.

    Friday through Sunday, the highs each day are forecast to be in the low 90s.

  • Kershaw OKs its $2.8M budget

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council gave unanimous final approval to the town's 2008-09 budget Monday night with no discussion.

    Council discussed the budget at its regular meeting on May 12 after Town Administrator Tony Starnes presented it.

    Mayor Tommy Baker praised Starnes for slashing the proposed budget. The approved budget ($2,881,710 ) reflects a nearly 2 percent decrease over last year's budget.

    "He (Starnes) has reduced expenses for the town of Kershaw," Baker said at the May 12 meeting.

  • $750M in last 20 years

    Many residents may not realize it, but the Lancaster & Chester Railway acts as an inland port for goods headed to coastal ports, such as Charleston.

    The railway is vital to the area for attracting industry, and railway officials expect it to be an important part of economic development in Lancaster County for years to come.

    Railway President Steve Gedney recently gave an update on the L&C to Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members.

  • Rao Ride remembers all law officers

    Remembering all officers – that's the purpose of the 6th annual RAO Motorcycle Charity Ride.

    The ride will be held on Saturday, with registration held from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at North Elementary School, 1100 Roddey Drive.

    The ride is being sponsored by The Sworn Few, a local motorcycle club consisting of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical workers and military personnel.

  • 8 county races uncontested

    While this year's uncontested local races won't offer any surprises on who gets elected, they still matter.

    This year's uncontested races include Lancaster County sheriff, County Council District 5, S.C. House District 44 and 65, and Lancaster County coroner, treasurer, auditor and clerk of court.

    None of the unopposed candidates will appear on the June 10 primary ballots.

    Faile unopposed for sheriff

  • Andrew Jackson High – 'Sometimes, it's imperative for moving forward'

    The mixture of emotions that come with closing part of one's life to open another filled the Andrew Jackson High School graduation ceremony on Friday.

    Salutatorian Rebekah Bowers said in her speech that some of her classmates are sad to leave, yet others want to embrace the future and past. But she said one thing is for sure, and that it's time to say goodbye to AJ High.

    "Sometimes it's (saying goodbye is) imperative for moving forward," she said.

  • Indian Land High: 'It makes me cherish this day and every day'

    A royal blue cap and gown along with a diploma sat in an empty chair at Winthrop Coliseum on Friday afternoon.

    That seat belonged to Derek Hammaker, an Indian Land High School senior who died in a car wreck earlier this year. Even though Hammaker didn't walk across the stage Friday afternoon, his named was called like everybody else. His name was also included among the 90 or so graduates listed in the program.

    The commencement was bittersweet for the Class of 2008 – joy for reaching a milestone but also sorrow of knowing one of their friends didn't make it.

  • Carolina Christian Academy – 'Do right and God will supply you with the things you need'

    What matters in life is a person's "treasures of the heart," and that's something Carolina Christian Academy graduates were asked to ponder at their graduation ceremony May 23.

    The school's seven graduates were encouraged to examine themselves and the lives they plan once away from the school.

    "What kind of treasures will you have in your heart while you sit in college?" asked commencement speaker, the Rev. Reece Yandle, executive director emeritus of the S.C. Association of Christian Schools. "Please, let God pick those treasures."

  • Adult Education holds graduation

    Sarah Kay Kennedy knew she needed to complete the adult-education program to get a good job. At times, though, she felt like giving up.

    Kennedy, a former spinner for Springs Global, cried many nights after leaving the Lancaster County Adult Education center on Barr Street, where she was working toward a GED (general equivalency diploma).

    The day she was about to take her GED test in March, Kennedy, 49, was found crying in the bathroom. She tried to leave the building, but personnel encouraged her to stay and take the test.

  • Your junk, throw-aways sought by instructor of summer art program

    One person's junk is another child's art project.

    Van Wyck artist Cherry Doster will be teaching at arts camps around the area this summer, and needs old shoes, artificial flowers, vinyl record albums, newspapers, magazines and other things that children can turn into recycled art in her classes.

    "You have this opportunity to help give kids ages 5 to 12 in a unique learning experience simply by donating your throw-aways,"Doster said. "Kids can make something artsy out of just about anything that folks throw away."