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  • Wrapped up in the 2012 Summer Olympics

    What do world-renowned athletes, proud Olympic torchbearers and a Lancaster manufacturing company all have in common?

    As it turns out, all will make their mark on this year’s Summer Olympics in London. 

    The Cooley Group, a mass producer of polyethylene-based print media products such as billboards and signage, announced Monday, May 7, that its latest product will completely wrap the brand-new Olympic Stadium. 

  • Walnut Creek EMS station now open

    INDIAN LAND – The Walnut Creek EMS Station 8 is open and ready to respond after a delay following its transfer to the county in December.

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services Director Clayton Catoe said the station opened officially at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, May 3.

    “We’re real excited to be moving in there and being able to provide better response times (in the Panhandle) down toward Lancaster and all the way up to Sun City,” Catoe said.

  • District 7 County Council hopefuls discuss issues

    Candidates for Lancaster County Council’s new District 7 seat met last week to discuss their positions on the issues facing Indian Land residents, but ended up agreeing on most.

    Republicans Brian Carnes and Jerry Holt are the only two candidates running for the newly redrawn council district representing the county’s northern tip. 

    The two will face off in the GOP primary June 12.

  • Senate committee passes measure to get candidates back on ballot

    Despite some political wrangling Tuesday, May 8, the S.C. Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure that would allow any candidate who attempted to file a statement of economic interest by April 20 back on the ballot for the June 12 primary. The deadline to file was March 30.

    The S.C. Supreme Court ruled May 2 that 180 candidates across the state were disqualified for the upcoming primaries, which meant their names were removed from the primary ballots.

  • Arrest made in HOPE theft

    Alabama authorities tracked down and arrested a Lancaster woman this week in connection with a theft from a local charity. 

    Christy Leeann Ellis, 31, 3283 Camp Creek Road, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Auburn, Ala., on five counts of forgery, each less than $10,000, said Kathryn Richardson, spokeswoman for the S.C. Law Enforcement Division(SLED). 

  • Standing Tall

    The importance of perseverance rang true for all 74 University of South Carolina Lancaster students who participated in graduation ceremonies Saturday, April 28.

    But it was especially true for Amy Johnson, who donned her cap and gown and listened to guest speaker Dr. Leah Moody.

    For Johnson, 54, perseverance is her only option, as she’s battled cancer off and on for the last several years. 

  • Baccalaureate services signal high school graduations

    Part of what makes graduation so memorable is the depth of tradition inherent in it.

    In the coming weeks, Lancaster County’s high school seniors will begin their march toward graduation with a ceremony that dates back to the days of the world’s ancient universities – baccalaureate.

    According to several sources, the services are believed to have begun at the United Kingdom’s University of Oxford sometime around 1432 to celebrate young lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.

  • Group attacks bicyclist

    Investigators are searching for at least two men who attacked a bicyclist last weekend. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an assault call at 3:51 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the the 200 block of Brooklyn Avenue, according to an incident report. 

    When deputies arrived, they found a 55-year-old man sitting on the ground with several people gathered around and trying to help him. 

  • City chooses contractor to renovate Main St. building

    The city of Lancaster has decided which company will oversee the transformation of the former downtown Badcock store to an Native American art gallery.

    City Council voted 6-1 at its April 24 meeting to award a bid to Perception Builders of Lancaster. For $746,488, the company will renovate the building, at 119 S. Main St., which will be used by the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • The New Danger

    Jeremias Clyburn is addicted to his cell phone. Plain and simple.

    He uses the mobile device to regularly post updates on Facebook and Twitter. He admits he interacts on social media “at least six times every hour.”

    And then there’s the text messaging.

    When Clyburn gets a new cell phone, he always asks about an unlimited texting plan because he said it’s a function he has to have.