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  • Lancaster High – 'I want everybody to know that you can make it'

    Tears streaked down Pearlene Dinkins' face as she watched her granddaughter, Sekia Davis, march off the field as "Pomp and Circumstance" played.

    Dinkins, like many others Friday night, was simply proud to see a family member finish high school. Davis was one of 301 Lancaster High School students to receive a diploma this year.

    "I feel so good to see her get through this year," Dinkins said. "It's a blessing."

    The ceremony was also emotional for Dani Strang.

    For a while, the graduating senior couldn't stop crying.

  • Two Republicans vie for District 1 seat on council

    The two Panhandle Republicans running for County Council District 1 have one thing in common – both want the county to form a new land-use plan.

    Alan Patterson and Larry McCullough are each first-time candidates for elective office.

    McCullough, 58, said he was asked by many people to run for the office. He said he looked at the county's needs, and considered what he could bring to the table.

    "We want to do some things to make the Panhandle and Lancaster County better as the future unfolds," he said.

  • Funds, volunteers sought to build children's park

    KERSHAW – The effort to raise money and volunteer labor for a planned children's park in Kershaw marches on.

    More than $40,000 of the projected $97,000 cost of the park has been raised, but additional funds are sought and people are being asked to help work at the park site July1 through July 26.

    Thirteen captains will lead the work and people who will cook meals for the volunteers over the five-day period.

    "This will truly be a community-built park," said Beverly Timmons of the Kershaw Community Park Council.

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  • Public may speak on county's proposed budget Monday

    County Council's budget talks are expected to continue Monday night.

    Council has second reading of the 2008-09 budget on its agenda. It held a special meeting May 22 to discuss the proposed $30.2 million budget, which includes increases for new personnel for three new buildings – the Indian Land Library, the new recreation center in the Edenmoor subdivision and the Buford recreation center.

  • City presses county on parks

    After hearing complaints from residents about repairs needed at city parks, Lancaster city officials have gotten in touch with the county to see they are made.

    Teresa Meeks, support services director for the city, told City Council of the steps the city has taken to address residents' concerns about the parks.

    Council looked at photos showing functionality and safety issues, such as exposed electrical wires and broken benches in baseball dugouts.

    Some aesthetic issues are also of concern, such as painting in a few of the parks.

  • Man accused of carjacking

    A trip to Kmart turned to terror for one Lancaster mother, as a man stole her car with her two sons still inside from the store parking lot Thursday night.

    Phillip Keith Sims, 31, of 3346 Pageland Highway, has been charged with carjacking, using a knife during commission of a violent crime and resisting arrest.

    Police say Sims stole a gray van from a 29-year-old woman in the Kmart parking lot on North Main Street after she had just secured her two sons in their car seats, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. The incident happened about 7:30 p.m.

  • Three Democrats, two Republicans vie for District 45 seat

    With the largest field of candidates for any local race this year, the race for S.C. House District 45 seat offers voters both diverse ideas and personalities.

    But on June 10, both the Democratic and Republican parties will narrow the field to just their nominees with an open primary.

    Current S.C. House District 45 Representative Mick Mulvaney, a Republican, will not be seeking re-election since he's vying for the S.C. Senate District 16 seat with Democrat Mandy Powers-Norrell.

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  • Present every day for 12 years of school

    A friendly rivalry kept two Buford High School seniors going to school each and every day.

    It wasn't to achieve the highest grade point average or the best scores in sports.

    It was literally to come to school each day.

    Buford High's Joseph Morris and James Ellis, both 18, are the only two 2008 graduates in the Lancaster County School District to achieve 12 years of perfect attendance.

    "My mother made me go to school," said Morris, the son of Libby and Joey Morris. "So I can't take full credit for it. I don't get sick."

  • Summertime Fun program aims to help HS students

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Elementary School is about to start a program that faculty members hope will help students retain what they learned during the previous school year.

    The school will sponsor Summertime Fun each Tuesday to July 29.

    Any student returning to Heath Springs Elementary for the 2008-09 year can attend the program. The Summertime Fun program starts this Tuesday.