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  • Indian Land Elementary to offer FIT Kids program

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Elementary School  will offer an eight-week after-school program March 22-May 21 called Fitness Improves Thinking Kids (FIT Kids).

    The program is for children in grades two through five. It will run from 2:30 to 6 p.m. and will include homework time, healthy snacks, physical activity and fitness and nutrition education.

    ILES physical education teacher Mike Kersey will lead the program.

  • Wilds to attend national conference on adult literacy

    Kathy Wilds hopes to bring back a lot of valuable information from a major conference next week.

    Wilds, executive director of the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC), will be in Chicago for the first-ever national conference on adult basic education and literacy.

    The conference, which runs Monday through March 19, is sponsored by the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and ProLiteracy, the world’s largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs.

    LALC is a member of ProLiteracy.

  • Inmate tries to escape at emergency room

    A prisoner at the Lancaster County Detention Center tried to escape during a trip to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital on Monday.

    Lamartus Terrone Clyburn, 19, of 2018 Great Falls Highway, was charged with attempted escape, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The report said a deputy took Clyburn to the ER after he complained of chest pains.

  • EMS director: Response times not that long

    INDIAN LAND – After a slow response to an Indian Land 911 call last fall, Lanny Bernard wants to assure residents about the effectiveness of the county’s EMS services.

    Last fall, an Indian Land resident complained to a York County newspaper about having a long wait for an ambulance.

    Bernard, director of the county’s Emergency Medical Services, said the long response time was due to the area’s primary ambulance already being on a call. The patient was so angry that they reported the problem to local newspapers.

  • Literacy hotline up and running

    There’s now a phone number you can call any time with questions about literacy programs in Lancaster County.

    The Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC) recently debuted its literacy hotline, (803) 286-READ (7323).

    That number will allow you to receive information about any of the 13 local agencies partnering with LALC.

    If you’re out of town, you can call toll free at (877) 775-READ (7323).

  • Council rescinds measure to annex 121 acres into city

    Kathy White is glad Lancaster City Council has rescinded a recent decision to annex 121 acres of land into the city limits.

    On Feb. 23, council voted unanimously on final reading to annex two tracts of property adjacent to Forest Hills subdivision and Partridge Hill subdivision near West Meeting Street.

    The land, owned by St. Katherine Properties, LLC, had been given an interim zoning of R-10, a  residential district that requires 10,000 square feet per lot. An R-15 classification, though, is less dense, required 15,000 squire feet per lot.

  • USCL festival celebrates Native-American culture with festival

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Native-American Studies Program will kick off its fifth annual Native American Studies Week on March 27 with a festival highlighting Native-American art and culture in South Carolina. 

    The event will feature American-Indian dancing, drumming, storytelling and arts and crafts demonstrations. Vendors will be on hand selling Native-American art and crafts, including Catawba Indian pottery. 

  • Sheriff’s office investigating baby's death

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 2-month-old baby at a Springdale Road home on Wednesday.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, deputies responded to the home and talked with the 25-year-old father.

    The man said he got out of bed and went into the living room about 10:45 a.m. to watch television with his two other children. He said he took the comforter from the bed and made a pallet on the living room floor so he and the other two children could lie on the floor, the report said.

  • Official proposes firefighter program in local high schools

    County Council will discuss a potential high school firefighter program at its meeting Monday.

    Council will hear a presentation about the proposed four-credit elective class from Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell.

    The proposal calls for starting the program in two local high schools and expand it to other schools if needed.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said if the county adopts the new program, students could become certified firefighters upon completion of the course.

  • Grievance hearing set for fired police officer

    A grievance hearing for former Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Pat Parsons has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.

    The hearing will be held in council chambers at Lancaster City Hall, 216 S. Catawba St.

    Parsons, 50, was fired March 2 after complaints from Angela Thompson and her son, LaDarius Truesdale, 18, that stated that Parsons used obscene language and threatened Truesdale and his family as Parsons investigated a case involving a stolen scooter.