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  • Closing achievement gap a goal for schools

    Student achievement and growth will continue to be top concerns for local school officials in the new year.

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore lauds local administrators, teachers and students for their hard work on standardized tests such as the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test, or PACT. But as state and federal test standards are raised each year, the district must not become complacent, he said.

  • Instrumental music program a new focus at area high school

    INDIAN LAND - Indian Land High School band director Mathew Willis would like students and parents to think beyond marching band when they consider instrumental music.

    "If the focus is always on marching band, the program will cease to exist after a few years," he says. He recognizes that there are many talented students out there who are simply not interested in marching band.

  • Healing Horses seeks donations for feed bank

    INDIAN LAND - Anne Laney bought Fancy Pants, an Appaloosa, at a sale in Union County.

    She bought Fancy because she felt sorry for her. The horse was obviously malnourished. The sale price - $30.

    When the sale was final, Laney's granddaughter, Summer Holcomb, overheard a woman say, "What are you going to do with that thing?"

    Take her home and give her some TLC, for starters, Laney thought.

    Fancy's suffering lasted right up until the horse changed hands. Summer found a man beating Fancy with a whip and a rope before Laney took possession of the horse.

  • 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.

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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.