• Economists predict slow improvement

    The economy will continue to improve in the coming year – slowly.

    That was the message from national economist Steve Rick during the 2011 Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Forum on Thursday morning at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bradley Building. 

    The event, sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union, drew about 100 local business men and women.

  • Diplomas change lives for adult ed graduates

    Reece Murphy


    When it comes to graduations, none represent determination and overcoming the odds quite like a commencement ceremony for adult education graduates.

    Every graduate has a story

    Take 45-year-old Paula Ivey of Buford and her 22-year-old daughter, Brittany Dabbs, for example. Both graduated Wednesday night with their GEDs from the Lancaster County School District adult education program.

  • Edenmoor deadline extended

    The Lancaster County Forfeited Land Commission has extended the deadline for a Charlotte-based real estate developer to present a viable purchase contract for Edenmoor.

    The Forfeited Land Com-mission (FLC) had set a May 17 deadline for a purchase contract from the developer, Eden Ventures.

    FLC Chairman John Lane said the company met the deadline, but commissioners granted the extension in light of a new Eden Ventures proposition that would speed up the purchase process.

  • Brumfield to chair March for Babies

    March of Dimes

    Bruce Brumfield, CEO of Founders Federal Credit Union, will serve as chairman for the 2011 Piedmont South Carolina March for Babies, which includes the Lancaster, Chester, Cheraw, Chesterfield and Kershaw areas. 

    He is committed to helping reach the event goal of $40,000 to support March of Dimes’ research and community programs to help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies to begin healthy lives.  

    The local March for Babies will be Oct. 22 at Lancaster High School.

  • Graduation: Andrew Jackson High School

    KERSHAW – The gymnasium erupted in loud cheers after all the graduates crossed the stage Friday afternoon at Andrew Jackson High School. 

    As is common policy during commencement ceremonies, the crowd was asked not to make noise when an individual student’s name was called. So that meant hundreds of family members and friends had to wait to let their loved one hear their level of love and pride on this special day. 

  • Graduation: Buford High School

    Buford High School’s Class of 2011 might be the smallest graduating class of Lancaster County’s four high schools, but it celebrated in a big way during this year’s commencement exercises Friday.

    Wearing the school’s traditional maroon and gold, the school’s 116 graduating seniors, and the hundreds of families and friends there to celebrate with them, held their tongues for the most part until the last diploma was awarded.

    Then the school’s gymnasium erupted.

  • Graduation: Indian Land High School

    INDIAN LAND – A fanfare of “Pomp and Circumstances” and cheering filled the air as the 134 members of Indian Land High School’s Class of 2011 marched into the school’s gymnasium Friday for the last official act of their high school careers – graduation.

    This year’s class was the first to complete all four years of school together in the new Indian Land High School building, Principal Kathy Faris said during her welcome. 

  • Graduation: Lancaster High School

    Heavy rains didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 2011 graduating class of Lancaster High School.

    Graduation ceremonies were moved from Memorial Stadium to the Lancaster High gym after torrential rains fell in the area Friday evening.

    “No rain is going to stop us,” graduate Richie Harper said. “It’s just water.  The Class of 2011 wont melt.”  

    The 327 Lancaster High graduates faced their final high school ceremony with mixed emotions.  

  • Weedy package leads to arrest

    A package caused quite a commotion when it arrived at the Lancaster post office  Thursday, but local authorities were ready for it.

    As part of a joint operation between the Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Service, a Lancaster man was arrested Thursday after he accepted a package that was mailed to him containing 15.7 ounces of marijuana. 

  • Two face attempted murder

    Authorities have arrested two people and are searching for one more from an April shooting that wounded a Heath Springs man. 

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release, a Rock Hill woman and a Charlotte man were arrested separately over the last month in connection with an April 20 incident in which a man was shot after interrupting an apparent burglary.