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  • Paper, ILAC seek forum questions

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway newspaper are seeking your questions for the candidates who will appear at their  Before You Vote 2010 candidates forum.

    The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel’s auditorium.

    The full slate of candidates that local voters will see on their ballots – school board, governor, state and national House and Senate – has been invited to participate.

  • Thanks to LHS, SAT scores in district rise

    A significant jump in SAT scores at Lancaster High School led to an increase in Lancaster County School District’s overall performance this year on the college-entrance exam.  

    The College Board released results this week.

    District high school seniors had an average composite score of 1388 on the SAT’s three sections of critical reading, math and writing. The district’s 2009 average was 1360.

  • Faulkenberry believes he owes his life to divine intervention

    Claude “Red” Faulkenberry doesn’t profess to being a real religious person. But he’s quick to give credit where credit is due.

    From his hospital bed in his den he pointed to the ceiling.

    “It’s the man above,” he said. “I don’t go to church regularly, but me and him do talk. I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for him and ‘Hillbilly.’”

    “Hillybilly” is John Hill, Faulkenberry’s friend and fellow hunting club member.

  • Flat Creek’s strength is dedicated volunteers

    One minute Ferris Phillips was standing inside the burning house fighting the fire. The next minute he was pinned under a fallen chimney.

    Fellow firefighters Bill Robinson and Doug Stroud watched as the terrifying scene unfolded. They feared for their friend covered beneath a rubble of bricks.

    “I was sick,” Robinson said.

    “One minute he was standing,” Stroud said. “Then he was out of sight.”

    Phillips spent 28 days in the hospital. His injuries included three crushed vertebrae and two mangled legs.

  • United Way kicks off 2010-11 campaign

    The United Way of Lancaster County wants to raise $400,000 help a number of area service agencies this year.

    The local United Way held its 2010-11 fundraising campaign kickoff Tuesday morning at the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The event was sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

    Dr. Gene Moore, this year’s United Way board chairman, spoke of the group’s $400,000 goal. The money brought in this year will be given to 16 agencies.

  • J.L. Knight knew how to make a dollar

    J.L. Knight developed the knack to make a dollar at a young age.

    When he was in high school, he sold candy and chewing gum to classmates and other students. Through the years, those who knew him best said he was a hard worker who made it a point to treat people fairly.

    Knight, who was in the service station business more than 50 years in Lancaster, died Friday. He was 85.

    Knight’s brother, H.N., said he carried the appearance and mindset of a businessman ever since he was a teenager.

  • Man, 91, dies in S.C. 97 wreck

    A 91-year-old man died Monday after the car he was riding in overturned on S.C. 97.

    Ellie McManus, of Camden, died of blunt force trauma at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, said Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Deese.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, McManus was a passenger in a 2002 Toyota driven by Mary McManus Faile, 58, of 2519 University Drive. Deese said Faile is McManus’ daughter.

  • $3.5M bond issue on council table

    After brief discussion Tuesday, County Council gave first approval to the issuance of $3.5 million in bonds to support local projects.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said the money would be used for several county projects, including recouping $520,000 in costs for the new county coroner’s office and for costs associated with a potential new Emergency Medical Services station in Buford.

    It may also be used for a third project, but Willis won’t talk about that.

  • Buford department started in old cannery

    Just about everyone remembers where they were at 8:46  a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijacking terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center’s North Tower in New York City.

    But that’s not today’s “Do You Remember?” question.

    The question is whether you can recall where you were the morning of Nov. 8, 2008.

    Robbie Clanton, 19, sure can.

    He was on his way to Buford High School from his Coot Sistare Road home when he saw a dark black plume of smoke coming from Pageland Highway.

  • A night from hell - 1984 church fires

    Older members of the Buford Volunteer Fire Department remember where they were in the wee hours of July 13, 1984.      

    After a late-night electrical storm on July 12, much of the Buford area was quiet because of a power outage.

    But all of that changed about 1:45 a.m. when the county sheriff’s department received a call that Pleasant Plain Baptist Church on Shiloh Unity Road was on fire.