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  • Pizza Inn gets new look

    The atmosphere and dining experience for customers at the Pizza Inn in Lancaster has been improved, says its owners, Scottish Food Systems Inc.

    In recent months, the store at 1107 N. Main St. has been remodeled.

    The busy local restaurant has been given a total makeover, including the addition of an all-day buffet and game room, with fun games for children of all ages to enjoy while dining out with their family.

  • City taps Nelson for judge's post

    Lancaster City Council recently voted to end a long search for an associate municipal judge to serve on Sundays.

    Council voted late last month to approve Sandy Nelson as the new judge.

    She is a contracted broker with Lindsay Pettus Real Estate Co. of Lancaster and longtime civic volunteer on boards and commissions on both the local and state level.

    Nelson has a doctor of education degree in policy and leadership from the University of South Carolina.

    She has also completed continuing education in municipal government.

  • Capital projects committee to tour courthouse today

    The committee charged with determining the projects and a ballot question for voters on a proposed sales tax has begun its work.

    The capital project sales tax committee meets today at 5 p.m. in the conference room on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St.

    The committee will tour the Lancaster County Courthouse today. It will also begin taking up proposals from other county and municipal officials in the next few weeks.

  • Enroll your children now in annual arts, science camp

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts has weeks of fun planned for children ages 5 to 12 next month.

    The arts council is holding its annual arts and sciences camps in Lancaster, Indian Land and Kershaw in July.

    The Lancaster camp will be held July 14 to 18 at First United Methodist Church on West Gay Street.

    Indian Land's camp is July 21 to 25, with the location to be announced a little later.

    Kershaw's camp is July 28 to Aug. 1 at First Baptist Church in Kershaw.

    The camps are held from 9 a.m. to noon.

    Classes available this year are:

  • What is blunt force trauma?

    Many highway accidents here involve a Lancaster County person dying due to blunt force trauma.

    The phrase often appears in The Lancaster News' stories about highway deaths, but you may wonder, "What does it really mean?"

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said blunt force trauma is an umbrella term used by medical personnel that refers to the effects of a blunt object striking the body.

  • Sheriff makes plea for manpower

    For what will likely be the last time in his law enforcement career, Sheriff Johnny Cauthen asked County Council for more money for his department.

    Cauthen, who isn't seeking re-election this year, didn't have a dollar figure for council members, but asked for 16 more deputies for the sheriff's office in the 2008-09 budget. Four of those would go to Indian Land. The others would assist with court duties.

    "We're not asking for any fluff," Cauthen said. "We're asking for what we need."

    One of Cauthen's biggest concerns is the growth in Indian Land.

  • Local man dies in wreck

    A Lancaster County man died Friday in a three-vehicle accident in Chesterfield County.

    The wreck happened at 5:45 p.m. on S.C. 9, about six miles west of Pageland, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Details released by the Highway Patrol before The Lancaster News' Saturday afternoon deadline were sketchy.

    The patrol would not release the name of the man who died, but it said he was a Lancaster County resident. He was driving a 2007 Ford Focus that was also occupied by Steven Vincent, 49, of Lancaster.

  • City decides proposed student apartments don't 'pass muster'

    One of the early steps to build student housing at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster failed Tuesday night as Lancaster City Council voted down the necessary rezoning.

    Some residents of Brook Drive, where the proposed 10-unit apartment complex would be, voiced concerns on how quality of life, traffic and public infrastructure would be affected, and council voted down the measure 3-2, with Councilmen Preston Blackmon and Danny O'Brien absent.

  • Relay for Life exceeds $257,000 mark

    When it comes to the annual Lancaster County Relay for Life, Pat Ray likes to use the event here as a blueprint for others to follow.

    There's just one problem, said Ray, regional director of the American Cancer Society.

    "It wouldn't work," said Ray, who came to Lancaster on Thursday night for the Relay for Life wrap-up celebration at First ARP Church.

    Members of the 48 teams participating in this year's event learned their work had raised $257,316.

  • Teachers learn new strategies

    Educators who teach advanced placement and honors classes are learning new strategies to help their students better grasp the information they're taught.

    About 20 middle and high school teachers in the Lancaster County School District are taking part in a program called Building Better Readers. The aim is to present students with new and creative methods to read, and for the students to know that those methods may vary depending on the subject that's being studied.