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  • Barnes remembered for singing talent, compassion

    The congregation of First Baptist Church is mourning the loss of a pastor known for his beautiful voice and compassion for all people.

    The Rev. Roy Barnes, 72, died Saturday at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Barnes served as minister of music at First Baptist for more than 33 years, retiring in 2006. But he continued to take singing tours with professional church musicians, and sang with local choirs and at funerals and weddings.

  • Group appeals for help from county

    INDIAN LAND – Deborah Forbes wants Lancaster County officials to help save her community.

    Forbes, a member of the advocacy group Friends of Indian Land, or FOIL, is still waiting for a solution to problems residents are having with concrete plants in the Highway 521 Perimeter Light Industrial Park. In December, her organization sent a letter of complaint to the county about problems the nearby residents in the Brookchase and Lakeview Landing neighborhoods are having with excessive noise, glare and pollution from the plants.

  • Lancaster High School: ‘Have fun throughout life’s journey’

    Although the rain quickly intensified, James Washington vowed to remain in his seat until Keonna Wilson’s name was called.

    Washington said he’s proud of his sister and wasn’t going to let a little precipitation stop him from seeing her walk across the stage.

     “I’m not leaving,” Washington said, as he opened his umbrella and braced himself for the rainfall.

    His sister was one of nearly 400 students who graduated Friday from Lancaster High School. The ceremony was held at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.

  • Humana cuts more jobs here

    Just one week after announcing the elimination of 70 positions at its Lancaster office, Humana Inc. informed its employees Tuesday that more job cuts are expected.

    Humana spokesman Mitch Lubitz confirmed there will be further job eliminations at the company’s Lancaster office, but said he could not give details about how many jobs would be cut or when those cuts would be made.

  • Pageland Highway gas station robbed

    A man wielding a sawed-off shotgun robbed a gas station on Pageland Highway late Thursday night.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, the clerk at Lloyd's Grocery was mopping the floor about 10:30 p.m. when a man came into the store and approached her.

    The man demanded the money out of the register, and the clerk noticed that he was armed with the shotgun, the report said.

  • Two men charged in ATM holdup

    Deputies caught two men suspected of robbing a man at an ATM in the Buford community early Friday and are looking for a third suspect.

    Grandin Scott Campbell, 22, of 528 Oakhaven Drive, and Malcom Trieste Staton, 18, of 4392 Cannery Road, have each been arrested and charged with armed robbery, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

  • AJHS: ‘Today, we begin our lives in the real world’

    KERSHAW – The graduates of Andrew Jackson High School made their way into the high school gym for the last time on Friday, amid smiles, waves and camera flashes from the packed to capacity bleachers.

    Salutatorian Ryan Jones said the class was making history of its own as it became the class of 2010.

    “It seems like only yesterday we started kindergarten in 1997,” Jones said.

  • 766 to graduate today

    Buford High School’s Alicia Morris had a challenge from her brother to see if she could follow in his footsteps and graduate without missing a day of school.

    Two years ago, Joseph Morris graduated from BHS with perfect attendance since kindergarten, and now his sister has done the same.

    Alicia Morris is just one of two students in the Lancaster County School District to achieve the feat this year.

    Lancaster High School’s Ola Rice is the other.

  • Chesterfield County officials vote to take $177 pay cut

    CHESTERFIELD " Chesterfield County Council officials are taking a cut in pay.

    Council members voted to refund the county $177 from their respective paychecks. That amounts to five furlough days for each council member. About $1,593 total will be refunded to the county from the council members.

    County employees were also given five days without pay before June compensating for a lack of tax revenue.

    “We shouldn’t ask employees to do no more or less,” said Councilman Gerald Miller during a May 5 meeting.

  • City Council to take on budget

    The events coordinator position for marketing and promotions group See Lancaster SC may go from part time to full time.

    That adjustment was one of the changes City Council discussed Thursday at a special meeting about the 2010-11 budget.

    This was the first time council members met to discuss the budget since finance director James Absher presented an initial draft earlier this month.