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  • Could volunteers staff new library in Indian Land?

    Maybe Lancaster County Council could save money by staffing the Del Webb Library at Indian Land with more volunteers rather than paid staff.

    Or maybe not.

    During a County Council budget discussion Thursday, Councilman Jack Estridge made the suggestion about volunteers.

    He said officials from Del Webb, the developer of Sun City Carolina Lakes, touted the volunteerism of the residents who move into Sun City communities.

  • State seeks input on what barriers to justice area residents face

    If you've had a problem, or even success, in the civil legal process, the S.C. Access to Justice Commission wants to hear your story on Thursday.

    The state commission will hold an information session to find out what access-to-justice issues there are locally from 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday at the Laancaster County Courthouse.

    "It's the public's chance to be heard," said Robin Wheeler, an attorney and sole administrator of the commission. "We want to know what's out there and what types of barriers people have experienced in the legal process."

  • Should schools close for holiday?

    While state, federal and most local offices in the county will be closed Monday for Memorial Day, classes will be in session in the Lancaster County School District.

    And at least one parent doesn't like that fact.

    Mary Hunt of Indian Land appeared before the school board Tuesday to let school officials know that she doesn't think classes should be held on Memorial Day.

  • Funding for agencies in question

    Rebecca Lyon cried as she addressed County Council on Thursday night.

    Council is considering not funding agencies, such as the Learning Institute for Tomorrow (LIFT) and Southside Adult Family Literacy, in this year's budget, even though it has funded them in the past.

    Lyon, a LIFT student, gave an emotional plea to council members, asking them to keep LIFT's funding in the budget. LIFT assists adults and older teens who have had mental illness or substance abuse problems to obtain GEDs (general equivalency diplomas), life skills and coping skills to succeed.

  • Heath Springs annual budget boosted by federal, state grants

    HEATH SPRINGS – While it appears that much of the proposed 2008-09 Heath Springs town budget is larger than usual, it's really just a reflection of the town's good fortune.

    An $872,000 federal grant received last year for water system upgrades is included in the proposed budget. In fact, all grants received in the future are to be reflected as revenue in the town's budgets, Mayor Ann Taylor said.

  • Class may help spark career in welding for students

    Some area high school students have discovered the spark that may lead to a successful career.

    Thirteen seniors who take welding classes at the Lancaster High School Career Center recently earned a national certification from the American Welding Society.

    They took the test May 6 at Florence-Darlington Technical College. All 13 who went passed the exam.

    Class instructor Lynn Robertson said this is the first time welding students at Lancaster High have earned a certification while still in school.

  • Taylor Burgess defies grim doctor's diagnosis

    Taylor Burgess' body was so weak he had to crawl to get around his house.

    A rare syndrome called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy is the reason why Burgess went from marching in the band to receiving all his schooling from home.

    At one point, doctors told the Burgess' family to prepare for his funeral.

    But thanks to proper medical care and a whole lot of prayer and determination, Burgess' syndrome went into remission. He returned to Buford High for his senior year and is now about to receive his high school diploma.

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  • DSS honors foster parents

    So often foster parents don't get the recognition they deserve for their contributions to children who have been taken out of traumatic situations, but that wasn't the case May 15.

    At Etta's Kitchen in Lancaster, the local S.C. Department of Social Services office showed its foster parents how much they're appreciated with a banquet.

    DSS takes children taken out of abusive or neglect situations as deemed by the courts.

    The children are then placed into the foster program for placement in a nurturing environment with qualified foster parents.

  • Veterans to be remembered at Memorial Day service

    Lancaster County residents will be able to honor veterans during a Memorial Day remembrance ceremony at Lancaster Memorial Park on Sunday.

    The ceremony, in its 17th year, begins at 3 p.m. with the posting of colors by the Lancaster Marine Corps League. The national anthem will be played, and Carl Parker, chaplain for American Legion Post 31, will give the invocation.

    The program will recognize four Gold Star mothers this year. Gold Star mothers have lost children to war.

  • District to cut jobs in new budget

    A slumping economy and changes in state law have affected how money will be allocated within the local school district.

    The Lancaster County school board took its first look at the proposed 2008-09 budget Tuesday night.

    District finance director Tony Walker told the board that cuts will have to be made to balance the budget, which lists revenue at just over $77 million. Expenditures in the proposed budget exceed revenue by more than $1.3 million.