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  • Coping with growth still a priority issue

    County officials have public safety and progress on building a new courthouse on their minds for 2008.

    Public safety needs need to be addressed for the Panhandle in 2008, County Administrator Steve Willis said.

    In 2007, the county took a look at the general needs of manpower in various departments in relation to the growth the county has seen, especially in Indian Land.

    New staff was added to the probate office, voter registration and other county offices. The county added a full-time deputy coroner and hired more sheriff's deputies.

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  • Soldier's funeral: What was worn sent message

    What they wore had meaning.

    At Sunday's funeral for Spc. Charlie Messer of Fort Lawn, injured in Iraq in July and killed in a car accident in Texas Dec. 22, what some in the large crowd of friends and family that filled Lewisville High School's gymnasium wore showed something of what they were thinking or feeling.

    His mother came in a NASCAR jacket, a Kasey Kahne jacket to be precise. It was new. It is the last Christmas present she received from her son, the only present anyone in Messer's family received from Charlie this Christmas.

  • County again bids farewell to a soldier
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    County's oldest resident dies at 110

    Lois Jones was Lancaster County's oldest resident, but she could shoot the breeze with you and vividly recall many things she experienced in her 11 decades of living. She died April 7, about two months after her family honored her with a 110th birthday celebration.

    Jones told her granddaughter Shirley Murphy that one key to her longevity was treating people kindly. Jones did much missionary work during her life and was nice to anyone she met, Murphy said.

  • White appointed to advisory board of national foundation

    The woman who has led efforts to raise awareness and money in this part of South Carolina for the National Kleine-Levin Syndrome Foundation now has an official role among the foundation's brain trust.

    Lancaster County resident Donna White is now part of the KLS Foundation's new advisory board, which will have up to four members at first and more later. They will represent all parts of the world where KLS - a rare neurological disorder that causes people to sleep up to 20 hours a day and is without any known cause or cure - is found.

  • Troopers out in force for New Year's

    You can help the S.C. Highway Patrol find drunk drivers during the New Year's holiday simply by calling star 47 on your cell phone.

    Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson said drivers who suspect they see a drunk driver - one who might be weaving back and forth in their lane of traffic or crossing the center line - may call the Highway Patrol by dialing star 47. The call will be connected to the Highway Patrol's radio room and information about the suspect vehicle will be given out to troopers.

  • Council on Aging will stay at HS center for now

    HEATH SPRINGS - The Lancaster County Council on Aging will continue its services at the Heath Springs Senior Center after all.

    The board of the Catawba Area Agency on Aging, the purse holder of federal and state funds for the Lancaster County Council on Aging, requested Dec. 18 that the local council continue its services at the Heath Springs Senior Center.

    The next day, the agency received confirmation that the board of the local council had agreed to the request, said Catawba Area Agency on Aging Director Barbara Robinson.

  • The Lancaster News looks back at top stories of year

    Each year, The Lancaster News staff tries to take the events of the past 12 months, catalog them and determine what we, as a newspaper, consider the most important.

    The news staff has selected, in our view, the top 10 stories of 2007, along with 10 other significant stories we covered this year.

    In some cases, these news events have impacted or will impact a large number of county citizens; others were chosen because they attracted the public's attention and held it. Still other stories changed our way of life forever.

    Here's our list:

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