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  • Former employees to picket tire plant

    INDIAN LAND – It’s been four years since Mark West was laid off from Continental Tire and he’s hoping a demonstration this afternoon will help him and hundreds of others get much-needed benefits.

    West, who was a production worker for Continental for more than 28 years, was one of almost 500 workers to be laid off from the company when it closed its Charlotte tire-making operations in 2006.

    Since then, he and other former employees have been trying to work with the company to receive insurance and retirement benefits they feel they deserve.

  • Temperatures on the rise

    The reprieve from the steamy hot weather was good while it lasted.

    After enjoying near record-low temperatures at the start of the July 4 holiday weekend, stifling heat is returning to the Palmetto State.

    The high-pressure system that brought in the cold front has moved east.

    Forecasters are predicting highs in the upper-90s in the Piedmont today.

  • New campaign puts First Amendment first

    WASHINGTON – A new nationwide campaign, 1 for All, to build understanding and public support for the First Amendment, was launched July 1.

    The nonpartisan campaign is a collaborative effort of educators, artists, journalists, lawyers, librarians and others who believe the public will benefit from a greater understanding of the First Amendment. 1 for All encourages news media and other organizations to explain the First Amendment and encourage Americans to celebrate and use the freedoms it guarantees: speech, press, religion, assembly and petition.

  • Officials probe deaths of two sisters

    Two sisters were found dead inside their Flat Creek Road home Sunday afternoon, and authorities are still waiting to find out what led to the deaths.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said the women – Peggy Small, 55, and Gail Patterson, 51 – were both sitting on a couch when their bodies were found, about 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

    Their bodies have been sent to Newberry for autopsies. Preliminary results have ruled out foul play, Morris said.

    The remaining tests will help the coroner’s office determine the cause of death of the two women.

  • 10-year-old entrepreneur

    INDIAN LAND – It only takes Jack Davis about two minutes to make the perfect shaved ice.

    He flips open the top of an ice-shaver machine and tosses in a handful of ice cubes, then he collects the finely shaved ice at the bottom of the machine in a red cup.

    With a gloved hand, he pats the ice into a snowball before choosing from more than 50 bottles of flavored syrup lined up inside the tiny hut his family has named Jack’s Ice House. After coating the shaved ice, he adds a spoon and a straw, and the concoction is ready for another hungry customer.

  • Street market is Saturday

    You can shop for original arts and crafts while exploring your patriotic side at this weekend’s Lancaster Street Market.

    The market is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Lancaster at Main and Gay streets.

    About 20 vendors from both Carolinas will be selling hand-crafted jewelry, woodwork, purses, clothing and other items. The theme for Saturday is “Celebrating America,” said coordinator Caroline Hasty of See Lancaster SC, the group organizing the event.

  • Charlie Duke to appear at astronaut autograph show

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Guests may secure their space to come face to face with the heroes who launched America into the history books.

    Tickets are now available online at www.AstronautScholarship.org for the world’s largest astronaut autograph and memorabilia show set for this Nov. 6  and 7 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

  • Kids the focus of July 4 celebration

    At a picnic table across from Jackie’s Place on Brooklyn Avenue on Saturday, Michael Jenkins sat with other children as they finished a hot dog lunch and dug into a juicy red watermelon.

    “Y’all make messes,” Jenkins, 10, said matter-of-factly to the girls sitting next to him. The girls – Amani Steward, 7, Shamora McFadden, 6, and Lamonisha Nelson, 13 – giggled.

  • Officials eye home detention

    A potential home detention program could soon ease the county’s jail overcrowding problem.

    County Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance Monday to create a home detention program.

    The ordinance would allow the sheriff’s office to create the program, which would use electronic monitoring devices to keep tabs on non-violent offenders, allowing them to serve time in their homes.

  • Process of elimination

    Budget shortfalls forced Lancaster County School District personnel to eliminate about 100 positions for 2010-11.

    But how do administrators determine which people lose their job?

    Lydia Quinn, the district’s director of planning and accountability, said a reduction-in-force policy is followed when the district has to make position cuts.