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  • District gets $220,875 grant

    The Lancaster County School District has received a $220,875 grant to make cost-saving improvements at Buford Middle School and North Elementary School.

    The S.C. Budget and Control Board’s Energy Office, through federal energy stimulus money, awarded the district the grant to replace light fixtures at the two schools.

    David Small, the school district’s facilities director, said the district was notified about the award about two weeks ago.

  • Staying Power

    Maurice Williams knows a good audience when he sees one.

    And, he should. He’s been performing for more than 50 years.

    Williams, a Lancaster native who achieved national stardom in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, said he knew his show Sunday at the Newberry Opera House, a show billed as the 50th anniversary show for Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, would be a winner before he even stepped on stage.

  • Churches unite for Christmas outreach to kids

    In times of great need, we all need each other, said the Rev. Jessie Adams, minister of youth and children at Pleasant Dale Baptist Church.

    With a sluggish economy and a 17.9 percent unemployment rate in Lancaster County, the needs are greater than ever. Charitable organizations are almost at the breaking point.   

    On the verge of the holiday season, with many parents struggling to pay bills and provide the essentials, Adams said feelings of hope and despair are magnified even more.

  • Council tables request to rezone land for assisted-living facility

    The debate over an assisted-living center in Indian Land continues as Lancaster County Council decided to table the issue at its recent meeting.

    Council was to consider an ordinance allowing for care facilities for the elderly as a conditional use in residential and commercial areas zoned Residential-15P, Business-1 and Business-2, but council decided to table the ordinance until its Nov. 2 meeting. This is the second version of the ordinance to be heard by council.

  • Council considers change to policy

    County employees may soon be held financially responsible for accidents they are involved in with county vehicles.

    County Council will discuss amending the county’s motor vehicle use and operation policy Monday. The proposed amendment would enforce monetary penalties when county employees are at fault when damage is caused to county equipment.

  • HOPE seeking donations for Christmas Basket Fund

    Elaine Adkins is hoping an annual Christmas fund will alleviate some stress for needy families in Lancaster County.

    Adkins, director of HOPE in Lancaster, is ready to kick-off this year’s Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund. This is the second year that HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively, will organize the effort.

    HOPE takes money donated to the fund to buy grocery store gift cards for needy families.

  • Police accuse teen of tossing rocks at cars

    After several nights of surveillance, the Lancaster Police Department arrested a teenager in connection with a number of rock-throwing incidents on the S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Tyrell Clyburn, 17, of 212 ½ Hunter St., Lancaster, was arrested Tuesday on disorderly conduct charges.

    Clyburn was discovered by police in a wooded area behind Pardue Street Apartments and was photographed carrying a rock, according to an incident report. Two other juvenile suspects were found with him.

  • 'Nutcracker' features local ballet dancers

    An enchanted forest, the Sugar Plum Fairy and a host of young dancers from Lancaster County will return to the stage for the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker” next week.

    The holiday classic will be performed at 7 p.m. Monday in the Lancaster High School auditorium.

    Columbia City Ballet dancers will perform with about 35 children from in and around Lancaster County. The children have been practicing since the beginning of November.

  • Board OKs new classes for 2010-'11 school year

    Cinematography and marketing strategies will be some of the concepts high school students in the Lancaster County School District will be able to learn about starting next year.

    The Lancaster County school board approved the inclusion of eight new courses into the  district’s roster of available courses when it met Nov. 17.

    Each will be offered at one of the four high schools beginning in 2010-11.

    Those courses are:

    • Aerospace engineering – Buford High

    • Botany – Lancaster High

  • McGriff winds down time on school board

    Charlene McGriff enters the room wearing business suits and dress shoes that often draw compliments from people around her.

    At Tuesday’s Lancaster County school board meeting – McGriff’s last as a board member – several district personnel remarked on her sense of style. One person said she always looks at McGriff’s feet to see what shoes she’s wearing.

    But McGriff hasn’t attended school board meetings to make fashion statements. At the last meeting, she was honored with some heartfelt comments about her time on school board.