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  • 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.

  • State park celebrates namesake’s birth

    Many from Lancaster County and the surrounding area celebrated the first day of spring Saturday by recognizing the birthday of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president.

    A 243rd birthday celebration was held at Andrew Jackson State Park on a warm day with no clouds in the Carolina blue sky.

    Children and adults alike saw musket demonstrations, butter churning and candle-making techniques dating back to the 1700s when Jackson was born.

  • AJ Vols begin coach search following Bench's resignation

    KERSHAW – For the fourth time in four years, Andrew Jackson High School will be looking to hire a new head football coach.

    Elmer Bench, who guided the Volunteers for one season, resigned his coaching duties Friday at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.

    Bench, who coached AJ to a 3-7 record last fall, was placed on administrative leave with pay by Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore on. Feb. 10.

  • Spring arts draw is Friday

    Spring is in the air, and one way you might want to enjoy the warmer weather is to take a walk in downtown Lancaster and visit local art galleries.

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is holding its annual springs arts draw beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., home of the LCCA gallery.

  • Committee recommends reinstating Parsons as police officer

    The city of Lancaster's employee grievance committee has voted to reinstate a former Lancaster Police Department detective, and finds that the matter points to larger problems within the police department.

    Former Sgt. Pat Parsons was fired March 2 following complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18, in February.

    In their complaints, Thompson and Truesdale said Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.

  • Next Generation Youth Crusade is Saturday

    The Next Generation Youth Crusade is a church- and community-outreach partnership to help youth.

    It is a collaboration with churches, community organizations, youth pastors and directors, schools, media, mentors and individuals who share the same mission and vision to reach, safeguard and empower  young people.  

    The Next Generation Youth Crusade will have an open-air crusade and intercessory prayer session Saturday in the Deliverance Word of Faith Church parking lot at 500 Palmetto St., Lancaster.