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  • Pastor: King's vision is 'still just a dream'

    Spirits were high Sunday afternoon inside Living Word Church on Market Street, where members of the Lancaster branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and others gathered for the organization's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

    Hymns and anthems, such as "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and "We Shall Overcome," set the tone for the event, which celebrated strides the country has made since the civil rights movement and looked at what still needs to be done.

  • Five schools win Palmetto Gold, Silver awards

    Five local schools were recently awarded prize money for winning either the Palmetto Gold or Palmetto Silver award this year for academic excellence.

    Buford High, Clinton Elementary and Indian Land High schools earned Gold awards, and Discovery School and Erwin Elementary earned Silver awards.

    The S.C. Education Oversight Committee developed the award criteria based on the absolute and improvements ratings that are given to each school on the state's 2007 report cards.

  • County to make repairs to historic jail, courthouse

    Two Lancaster County national landmarks are on their way to getting some much needed maintenance.

    Camden architect Jody Munnerlyn, who specializes in historic preservation, is examining the historic jail building on West Gay Street and the Lancaster County Courthouse on Main Street.

    Munnerlyn will give cost estimates for the repairs needed at both buildings, and then the county will hire a contractor to fix them, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.

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  • Famous MLK speech inspires Discovery School students

    With a huge photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as the backdrop, Delaney Gardner shared her own dream for change.

    Gardner, a third-grader at Discovery School, hopes for the day when there will be a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Her grandmother has the disease, and Gardner doesn't want anyone else to experience what she has to - having a loved one who can't remember your name.

    "It makes me feel sad for her not to know much," said Gardner, who wants to study medicine to help find a cure for the disease.

  • Man seeks $500M in suit against firm

    A North Carolina man has filed a $500 million dollar lawsuit against ZF Lemforder Corp., claiming he was subjected to regular torture over a four-year period by various employees who thought he was gay.

    Columbia lawyer Benjamin Mabry filed the suit on behalf of Kenneth Baucom, who worked at the ZF Commerical Suspension Systems & Components facility at Lancaster Business Park facility until late last year.

    The suit was filed at the Lancaster County Courthouse on Wednesday.

  • Man treated and released from SMH after car hit his mo-ped

    Lori Foster stood beside her Honda Accord on Friday afternoon near the intersection of Main and Spring streets hoping the man she collided with was OK.

    About 1:30 p.m., Foster and Antonio McGriff, who was riding a mo-ped, wrecked at that intersection.

    Foster was preparing to turn left from Springs Street to Main Street. McGriff was coming from the opposite direction and was heading straight, according to Lancaster police.

    Foster failed to yield to McGriff. The two collided, McGriff flew off the mo-ped and ended up underneath the Honda.

  • ArrowPointe announces new scholarships

    The average tuition in public two-year colleges increased by 4.2 percent and by 6.6 percent at public four-year colleges since last year, according to the College Board, a nonprofit organization of more than 5,200 educational institutions.

    With the cost of tuition on the rise and student debt at an all-time high, ArrowPointe Federal Credit Union recognizes the need to help students reach their higher education goals.

  • Schools eye monitoring policy

    Guidelines about how surveillance is to be used in local schools and who has access to it will soon be much clearer.

    The Lancaster County school board unanimously passed first reading of a policy Tuesday night that explains how surveillance equipment will be used inside the schools.

    "I consider it something we need to provide to ensure safety for the students," board member Mary Etta Taylor said. "I see it as protection for the students."

  • Huckabee wins Lancaster; McCain takes S.C.

    Lancaster County voters chose former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in a big way over his closest competitor, U.S. Sen. John McCain, in the state's Republican presidential primary on Saturday.

    But Lancaster County’s votes didn’t mirror the statewide results, which gave the victory to the Arizona senator.

    Here, Huckabee received 1,968 votes (39.28 percent of the votes), while McCain received 1,288 votes, (25.71 percent).

    Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson finished third here, receiving 978 votes (19.52 percent).

  • More snow on the way

    Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow on Saturday - it won't keep kids from going to school.

    A cold airmass combined with moisture heading toward the Carolinas will combine to create another bout of winter weather on Saturday.

    According to the National Weather Service, the precipitation will begin as rain across the area, except for Chesterfield and Lancaster counties, where a mix of snow and rain is expected.

    As a low pressure system passes to the east, colder air will begin moving across the area, causing the rain to change to snow later on Saturday.