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  • A.R. Rucker Middle gets IB banner

    A.R. Rucker Middle School now proudly displays a banner that represents its participation in a distinguished educational program.

    A.R. Rucker Middle is the first and only school in the Lancaster County School District to become a International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB-MYP) school. International Baccalaureate (IB) provides programs for youth that aim to create a better world through intercultural understanding.

  • Guardsmen receive a warm welcome as they arrive home

    Kim Bowers said her son, Clint Wallace, called from the bus that was bringing him home and told her about the police escort he and his fellow National Guard soldiers were getting as they headed home for the holidays.

    Bowers relayed the story to Sandra Collins as they waited with other family members for the Guardsmen to arrive at the Lancaster Tours parking lot. The buses carrying the soldiers were set to arrive any minute.

    “He said, ‘We got police escorts and we haven’t even done anything yet,’” Bowers said.

  • Summey puts his skills to good use

    INDIAN LAND – Old computers never die – they just get reconditioned and put to good use.

    Roger Summey works tirelessly in his workshop, reconditioning old computers for charity.  

    His effort makes a lot of children happy, better educated and far more tech savvy than they could ever have become without his help.

    Summey, a resident of Sun City Carolina Lakes, donates his revitalized computers to the Lancaster Children’s Home, as well as the Children’s Attention Home in Rock Hill.

  • Schools face another budget cut

    Local school officials are exploring ways to deal with another budget cut handed down by the state.

    The state’s Budget and Control Board recently announced 5 percent across-the-board spending cuts – a $238.2 million reduction to help offset lower-than-expected tax collections thus far.

    That equates to about a $1.5 million reduction for the Lancaster County School District, said Tony Walker, the district’s finance director.

    This is the second wave of cuts to come through since the school year stated.

  • Tunnell: Kershaw, Heath Springs need spec buildings for industry

    Lancaster County continues to miss out on economic development opportunities because it does not have buildings for companies that are considering a move here.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell updated Kershaw and Heath Springs town council members on economic development projects in the southern portion of the county at the towns’ November council meetings.

  • Family loses home in fire

    Travis McManus and Monica Bass awoke to find the kitchen of their mobile home on East North Corner Road on fire late Monday night.

    Bass said McManus, her fiance, was heating grease on the stove when he fell asleep. They were both asleep in the living room when the fire started.

    Bass said she was having a dream about not being able to breathe and she woke up to find McManus yelling and trying to put out the fire.

    Bass said it was so smoky she had to feel her way along the walls to her daughters’ rooms.

  • Christian Services appeals for donations to Angel Tree

    Christmas gifts for needy children in Lancaster County aren’t coming into Christian Services as quickly as Marcine Bufford would like them to.

    Bufford is the coordinator for Christian Services’ Angel Tree program, which collects the gifts. Those who wish to contribute to the effort may get a tag from a tree at area businesses such as Walmart, First Citizens Bank, Curves and Gus’ Family Restaurant.

  • Truck spills logs on bypass

    A logging truck hit a car on S.C. 9 Bypass about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the tractor-trailer blocking both westbound lanes.

    Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said the drivers of the car and logging truck were taken by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services to Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Neither appeared to have life-threatening injuries, White said.

    Police were still investigating the crash Tuesday afternoon. Neither of the drivers’ names were available.

  • Flooring firm to invest $4.75M here

    A hardwood flooring company is set to bring 35 new jobs and invest $4.75 million in Lancaster County.

    Greyne Custom Wood Co., a Charlotte-based high-end hardwood flooring manufacturer, has been in talks with county officials for several weeks and plans to relocate to the county in January.

    The company, which creates custom-designed, hand-scraped floors, has agreed to create 35 new jobs for the county within the next three years.

  • Sanford visits Indian Land for Red Ventures ceremony

    INDIAN LAND – Looking out at the large crowd gathered around Red Ventures’ new Indian Land facility on Wednesday, Ric Elias couldn’t believe how far his company had come in just nine years.

    Elias, chief executive officer of the company, said he’s amazed how Red Ventures has grown steadily, from a small business in his basement in 2000 to a company with more than 700 employees in several countries. Red Ventures is an Internet marketing firm that works with companies such as ADT and DirecTV.