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  • Adult Education graduation: Opening up doors for a brighter future

    William and Rebecca Steen worked for Springs Industries at the Grace plant for a combined 80 years. But when the company moved its operations overseas, the husband and wife were left without a job and unable to find decent work.

    The Heath Springs couple decided to start classes at Lancaster Adult Education, and now they’re able to celebration the complete of their GED (General Educational Development) requirements.

  • Mullis juggled illness, family tragedy to earn diploma

    Devin Mullis’ walk across the stage Friday at Buford High School’s graduation was an experience she doubted would ever happen.

    Her grandfather died when she was about to start the ninth grade. And to make matters worse, her brother, Jeremy, died a few days later from blood clots. Jeremy was a rising senior at Buford High.

    Devin said she couldn’t handle the fact that he wasn’t around and opted for home schooling much of her ninth-grade year. The talks of how much everyone at BHS missed Jeremy was too much for her to bear.

  • Progress being made on city projects

    The work you see on the southern end of Main Street aren’t the only improvements taking form.

    Brian Tripp, of engineering firm W.K. Dickson, updated Lancaster City Council on Tuesday about the various project that group is overseeing for the city.

    Tripp said the upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant are about 15 percent complete.

    The city wants to install a chemical feed system to address the phosphorous the plant discharges into the Catawba River. The feed system will control the pH levels, as well.

  • Hinson: Decision to leave AJ ranks high among toughest coaching moves

    KERSHAW – Former Andrew Jackson High School head football coach Brian Hinson said his choice to resign the Volunteers’ post 16 days after he took the job ranks as one of his toughest coaching decisions.

    “I’d put it in the top three,” said Hinson, who spoke by phone from his Salisbury, N.C., home early Thursday night after attempts to reach him earlier in the day by The Lancaster News failed.

  • Buford High: ‘Our job to change the world for the better’

    Buford High School salutatorian Kaylee Mahaffey’s speech talked about a certain slow animal – the turtle.

    Mahaffey said she chose to talk about the turtle because it has to stick its neck out to go through life, and cannot hide in its shell.

    She said high school has been but a passing act in the students’ lives. Graduation is a sad but exciting time, and the class of 2010 has been properly prepared for the next act, so there is no reason to fear the future.

  • Councilwoman says husband will operate business

    Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace says changes are in the works with her business, Blackmon-Brace’s Bonding Co.

    Blackmon-Brace, who’s owned and operated the Lancaster business for about 14 years, returned her bail bonding license to the S.C. Department of Insurance on May 14.

    In January, the department found that her position on City Council posed a conflict with the business.

  • Carolina Christian Academy: ‘Always make time for friends and family’

    Tim Stevens asked each Carolina Christian Academy graduate to compare him or herself to a fined-tuned violin.

    That instrument is worthless if it goes years and years without being touched. But if it’s played for others to hear, it will have served its purpose.

    Stevens urged the graduates to live their lives as if they were that violin.

    Stevens, administrator at Grace Christian School in West Columbia, gave the commencement address at Carolina Christian Academy’s 2010 graduation, held May 21 in CCA’s gymtorium.

  • Benefits company to create 60 jobs

    For the second time this week, a company has announced plans to move to Lancaster County.

    Strategic Outsourcing Inc., a professional employer service, announced Thursday its plan to create between 60 and 80 new jobs here. The company, which is moving its corporate office from Charlotte to the URS building in Indian Land, will also transfer about 160 current employees.

  • Store owner still concerned about city’s Streetscape plan

    Hal Crenshaw, president of Crenco Oil Co., is still concerned about the city of Lancaster’s  Streetscape project.

    The project, which has made its way to the southern end of the city, brings new curbing, lighting, greenery and sidewalks to Main Street. Work began nearly two months ago and is expected to be completed in August.

    Crenshaw said the planned curbing will limit vehicle access to his business, Crenco Food Store, located on South Main Street at the Brooklyn Avenue intersection.

  • Kilburnie celebrating 10th anniversary with Business After Hours

    Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with members of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, by hosting the next Business After Hours on Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  

    The special celebration will also honor the conclusion of the chamber’s two-week membership campaign, and all new members will be recognized as special guests at the event.