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  • 10-year-old entrepreneur

    INDIAN LAND – It only takes Jack Davis about two minutes to make the perfect shaved ice.

    He flips open the top of an ice-shaver machine and tosses in a handful of ice cubes, then he collects the finely shaved ice at the bottom of the machine in a red cup.

    With a gloved hand, he pats the ice into a snowball before choosing from more than 50 bottles of flavored syrup lined up inside the tiny hut his family has named Jack’s Ice House. After coating the shaved ice, he adds a spoon and a straw, and the concoction is ready for another hungry customer.

  • Street market is Saturday

    You can shop for original arts and crafts while exploring your patriotic side at this weekend’s Lancaster Street Market.

    The market is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Lancaster at Main and Gay streets.

    About 20 vendors from both Carolinas will be selling hand-crafted jewelry, woodwork, purses, clothing and other items. The theme for Saturday is “Celebrating America,” said coordinator Caroline Hasty of See Lancaster SC, the group organizing the event.

  • Charlie Duke to appear at astronaut autograph show

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. – Guests may secure their space to come face to face with the heroes who launched America into the history books.

    Tickets are now available online at www.AstronautScholarship.org for the world’s largest astronaut autograph and memorabilia show set for this Nov. 6  and 7 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

  • Kids the focus of July 4 celebration

    At a picnic table across from Jackie’s Place on Brooklyn Avenue on Saturday, Michael Jenkins sat with other children as they finished a hot dog lunch and dug into a juicy red watermelon.

    “Y’all make messes,” Jenkins, 10, said matter-of-factly to the girls sitting next to him. The girls – Amani Steward, 7, Shamora McFadden, 6, and Lamonisha Nelson, 13 – giggled.

  • Officials eye home detention

    A potential home detention program could soon ease the county’s jail overcrowding problem.

    County Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance Monday to create a home detention program.

    The ordinance would allow the sheriff’s office to create the program, which would use electronic monitoring devices to keep tabs on non-violent offenders, allowing them to serve time in their homes.

  • Process of elimination

    Budget shortfalls forced Lancaster County School District personnel to eliminate about 100 positions for 2010-11.

    But how do administrators determine which people lose their job?

    Lydia Quinn, the district’s director of planning and accountability, said a reduction-in-force policy is followed when the district has to make position cuts.

  • Healthy Woman Program adds online benefit

    Beginning Tuesday, the Healthy Woman program of Springs Memorial Hospital is moving to a new online platform.

    At www.healthywomanonline.com, new and existing members can register for upcoming events, read timely health articles, and exchange messages with like-minded Healthy Woman friends. Members will also have access to an award-winning online health library that includes 12,000 adult and pediatric topics in both English and Spanish.

  • Rare local history book resurfaces

    The Lancaster County Historical Commission has rediscovered an out-of-print book about local history.

    The Rev. J.B. Knight, who has written books about Lancaster’s mill hill community and has an extensive collection of local history books, found “Historical Notes from Lancaster County, S.C.” in his collection in March and thought the county Historical Commission would be interested.

    The book was compiled Viola Caston Floyd, who wrote several books and pictorial histories of Lancaster County.

  • County a leader in census count

    Lancaster County is tied to lead the state in census participation.

    Both York and Lancaster counties had 79 percent of their residents respond to this year’s U.S. Census, according to the mail participation rate on the U.S. Census website. The rates far exceed both counties’ response rates from the 2000 Census, when Lancaster County had a 70 percent response and York County had a 72 percent response.

    Terry Plumb, spokesman with the Charlotte Regional Census Center, said both counties’ numbers were impressive.

  • County Council delays Glen Laurel decision

    INDIAN LAND – Glen Laurel residents have waited more than a year to see if the roads in their Indian Land neighborhood would be accepted into the county’s road system. Last week, they were told they’d have to wait another week.

    With a large group of Glen Laurel residents waiting anxiously in the audience, Charles Bradford, the York-based attorney representing the Glen Laurel homeowners association, addressed Lancaster County Council on June 28 about having the neighborhood’s roads incorporated into the county system.