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  • Revolutionary War battle to be re-enacted June 7

    GREAT FALLS – A limner will be on hand at the seventh annual Battle of Beckhamville re-enactment in Great Falls.

    But what in the world is a limner?

    A limner is one who draws, paints and outlines in clear, sharp detail.

    The limner will be joined by a refugee from France who is a lace merchant, a broom maker, a tombstone carver and a man who "makes" salt.

    You'll be able to see them all during the Beckhamville re-enactment, set for June 6, 7 and 8 in Great Falls on the original battlefield.

  • Fortson proves she's no quitter

    Like a lot of graduates, Lancaster High School senior Debra Fortson is a little nervous about walking across the stage Friday night.

    She's going to wear flats. She's going to make sure there's nothing on the stage she can trip over.

    "I don't want to fall on my face," said Fortson, 18.

    But walking across the stage should be one of the easiest things Fortson has done during her high school career. The road to graduation hasn't been easy.

    When she was 13 and in the ninth grade, Fortson found out she was pregnant.

  • DeMint staffers help build Habitat house

    YouthBuild workers got a boost Tuesday morning when staffers from U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint's office came to Lancaster to help them build a house for Habitat for Humanity.

    Three DeMint staffers – regional director Kelly Long and legislative aides Kimberly Gluck and Brian Eisele – joined hands with several of YouthBuild's young adults to install the insulation and drywall of a three-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot home.

    YouthBuild will nearly finish the house, but the Habitat for Humanity program requires "sweat equity" from the new homeowners to finish the house.

  • Kershaw town budget less than a year ago

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has good news to report. The town budget for 2008-09 is less than last year's.

    Kershaw Town Council went over the town's proposed budget with Town Administrator Tony Starnes and voted unanimously to approve it on first reading May 12.

    Mayor Tommy Baker commended Starnes' for his work to tighten up the budget.

    "He (Starnes) has reduced expenses for the town of Kershaw," Baker said about the almost 2 percent drop in the proposed budget over last year's.

  • Board names principal for IL Elementary, new HR director

    Lancaster County school board named Beth Blum the new principal at Indian Land Elementary School on Tuesday.

    Blum, who is now principal at North Hartsville Elementary School, is bringing nine years of administration experience to the post. She has been in education for 20 years.

    "I feel like I've got the experience and the love of the children," Blum said. "I think those are the things needed to be an effective administrator."

  • Catawba-Wateree Drought group says Stage 3 drought continues

    Residents and businesses are being reminded by the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group to continue restricting water use.

    Outdoor water uses, such as lawn irrigation and car washing, are still limited to no more than one day per week.

    The advisory group noted that drought conditions have not improved substantially over the last 30 days, and the Catawba-Wateree Basin remains in a Stage 3 drought.

  • 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.