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  • Chamber offices to move to Colonial Avenue

    The offices of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, including its affiliates - the Credit Bureau and Lancaster Collection Bureau - are moving.

    After 33 years at its North Main Street location, the chamber's new address will be 453 Colonial Ave., about two blocks off Main Street in the building formerly occupied by attorney Don Rushing.

  • IL dedicates new middle school

    INDIAN LAND - Students, parents, teachers, school officials and visitors gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the dedication of Indian Land Middle School, the first school dedicated solely to middle school students in the history of the Indian Land schools.

    "We thought this day would never come," eighth-grade class president Michael Rodriguez told the audience at the school dedication Sunday. "But it is here, a school we can call ours, a middle school."

  • Survey will help group as it seeks grant funds

    Be on the lookout for a survey questionnaire that may appear in your mailbox over the next few days.

    The Lancaster County Prevention Coalition is conducting a survey to collect parents' opinions and concerns regarding youth behavior.

    Results will help the coalition determine what services and programs can most benefit local youth and their families.

    The surveys will be mailed Monday to the parents of all seventh- through 12th-grade students in the Lancaster County School District.

  • Video - Obama wins big here and in S.C.

    Barack Obama won big among Lancaster County voters, just as he did among those across the state in the Democratic presidential primary Saturday.

    The U.S. senator from Illinois routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged South Carolina primary, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates.

  • Study should help leaders promote historic assets

    Experts on how to best promote the area's top cultural and historical assets say their work in this part of South Carolina looks promising.

    "In doing the interviews and getting the information, one thing that is surprising is how much there is in this county," said private consultant Curt Cottle.

    He said art forms such as Catawba pottery and the county's Revolutionary War sites are obvious appeals, as are nature-based attractions such as 40-Acre Rock

    Carole Summers Morris, another consultant, said leaders here are ready "to go to the next level."

  • Flappers and fun focus of arts gala

    You may want to brush up on your Charleston for the Lancaster County Council of the Arts' annual gala Feb. 9.

    The theme for this year's bash is Flappers, Fringe and Fabulous Fun. The black-tie optional event begins at 7 p.m. at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The gala is the arts council's largest fundraiser each year. Last year's brought in $25,000 to fund the council's programs.

  • What will become of old Belk site in downtown?

    The future of the vacant downtown Lancaster lot that was home of the Belk store for many years remains up in the air.

    One potential buyer approached the city of Lancaster to buy the lot, but the deal didn't pan out, Mayor Joe Shaw said.

    The city spent about $400,000 to demolish the building after it was deemed a public hazard by an engineering firm last year. The city then took ownership of the lot.

  • South Middle student wins district bee

    For Steven Hendryx, Thursday's district spelling bee turned out much better than the one last year.

    At the 2007 district contest, Hendryx bowed out in the first round when he misspelled the word "prairie."

    He said he was too nervous.

    But this time around, Hendryx, a seventh-grader at South Middle School, outlasted the rest in the field.

    He correctly spelled "chronology" to win the 2008 Lancaster County School District spelling bee, held at Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Council to consider sale of park

    County Council will consider approving the sale of Roy Hardin Park in Indian Land on Monday night.

    The 9-acre park is worth at least $1 million to the county – the minimum recommended that the county accept for the property by the Lancaster County Recreation Commission, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

    Developers want to buy the park to use it for storm-water retention for a larger development, Willis said Friday.

  • 13 educators earn National Board certification

    Long nights, tied-up weekends and time away from family are just some of the sacrifices educators make when working to earn the highest credential in the teaching profession.

    Pat McFadden will tell you it's no easy task.

    McFadden, a guidance counselor at Erwin Elementary School, and 13 others educators in the Lancaster County School District recently earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

    The board develops the professional standards that define what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.