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  • Group schedules, then cancels rally

    A rally meant to encourage residents to attend the grievance hearing for a fired Lancaster Police Department detective was canceled Saturday afternoon.

    Civil rights activist John C. Barnette, founder of advocacy group True Healing Under God, was set to speak at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster’s Mount Zion AME Zion Church, but the event was canceled when Barnette informed local organizers of the event he wouldn’t be able to make it Saturday.

    The event was subsequently canceled and there are no plans to reschedule the event.

  • First Thread Trail committee members named

    County Council has begun forming its Carolina Thread Trail steering committee.

    The group will suggest ideas and coordinate with county representatives for the trail, a proposed interconnected trail system that would extend throughout Mecklenburg County and the 14 counties that surround it. The trail would connect greenways and significant historical sites.

    In Lancaster County, this could mean connecting sites such as  Andrew Jackson State Park, Landsford Canal State Park and the 40 Acre Rock preserve to similar sites in other counties.

  • Partners for Youth awards $16,774 in teacher grants

    Earlier this year, Lancaster County Partners for Youth awarded grants to a number of teachers in the local school district.

    The second wave of the agency’s Teacher Mini Grants for the 2009-10 year were handed out in January. The first cycle came in October. The total is now $16,774.89 in classroom grants this school year.

    The grants are awarded in two categories:

    •  Up to $500 for one classroom

    •  And from $500 to $2,500 for grade level, subject level or schoolwide applications

  • Mayor: Council to discuss officer’s case

    A day after former Lancaster Police Sgt. Pat Parsons appealed his firing, Lancaster City Council met in closed session Tuesday night.

    Council is believed to have discussed the case in the executive session.

    On Monday, the city’s grievance committee heard arguments from both Police Chief Hugh White and Parsons. The six-member committee consists of employees from various city departments.

  • Relay for Life event to move to USCL campus this year

    Spring brings budding trees and blooms of bulbs – an annual reminder of the renewal of life.  

    Another springtime reminder of new beginnings is the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.   

    The 2010 Lancaster County Relay for Life will be held on April 23 at a new location – the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.  

    Donna Parsons, who serves as event co-chairwoman, said USCL invited the relay group to hold its event on the campus to promote community involvement.

  • Indian Land Middle named State School of Character

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Middle School has received two state education honors this winter.

    The school has been named the 2010 State School of Character Award winner and its School Improvement Council has been named to the S.C. School Improvement Council’s 2010 Honor Roll.

    2010 State School of Character

    The S.C. Department of Education will present the State School of Character Award to Indian Land Middle’s Character Education team at a luncheon ceremony March 10 in Columbia.

  • After one of the coldest winters on record, new season is blooming

    The sweaters have been traded for T-shirts, the boots for flip flops as many Lancaster County residents are rejoicing with the arrival of spring.

    Daffodils have made their annual spring appearance, and dogwood trees are in bloom.

    Saturday was the first official day of spring, and many residents are, no doubt, happy for the change in seasons.

    The winter of 2009-10 was an unusually cold one.

    Many days passed when the temperature didn’t get out of the 40s, and nightly temps dropped into the teens.

  • Hospital CEO big on hospitality

    Douglas Arbour has a philosophy about hospitality.

    The Louisiana native and new chief executive officer at Springs Memorial Hospital thinks it’s very important. That’s why when you meet him, you may think you’ve known him for years.

    Arbour, who’s been Springs Memorial’s CEO since January, said his main goal as an administrator is to improve communication and foster a welcoming atmosphere. Having that in place can go a long way in helping determine a business’ success, he said.

  • Man charged with abandoning puppies by road

    A Lancaster man has been arrested after a resident saw him apparently trying to abandon puppies on Grey Fox Estates Road on Monday.

    Michael Lewis Duncan, 46, of 1150 Shiloh Drive, has been charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office with animal abandonment.

    According to an incident report, a man told a deputy that he saw a pickup truck on the side of Grey Fox Estates Road, off Shiloh Unity Road. There were several puppies around the truck.

  • HS mayor gets census forms for residents

    HEATH SPRINGS – About half of Heath Springs’ residents will have to work a little harder to be counted in the 2010 Census.

    The census forms will not be delivered to post office boxes, and right now, 410 residents receive their mail at boxes at the town’s post office.

    Mayor Ann Taylor expressed concern about this issue at Tuesday night’s meeting of Heath Springs Town Council. She said she hoped to have census forms available for residents to fill out at Town Hall by today.