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  • Van Wyck gears up for festival

    VAN WYCK – Residents of Van Wyck are busy preparing for the 11th annual Celebrate Van Wyck Festival.  

    The 2009 festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a presentation of the colors by the Indian Land High School JROTC color guard. There will also be an invocation and the national anthem will be played.

    Barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, shaved ice and other food will be available. There will also be a street sale, which is an old-fashioned flea market.

  • Monday is deadline to enter Hagins art contest

    Local artists are reminded that Monday is the deadline to turn in entries for the annual Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition.

    The contest is sponsored by the Hagins family, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and the Lancaster County Art League. It is open to county residents of high school age or older.

    Works must be turned in at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., by 5 p.m. Monday.

    There is no entry fee for the contest.

    Guidelines for entries are:

  • BelAir residents worry about possible rezoning

    INDIAN LAND – Before Linda Singer moved to the BelAir neighborhood in Indian Land, she carefully researched what type of neighborhood she was getting herself into.

    After several months of investigating zoning issues and planned developments in the area, she settled into the BelAir community, located near U.S. 521 and Jim Wilson Road.

  • SAT scores take a slight drop in school district

    Local scores on the SAT were down slightly in 2009 compared to 2008, though participation increased significantly, following state and national trends.

    The College Board released SAT scores Tuesday.

    Lancaster County School District high school seniors had an average composite score of 1360 on the SAT’s three sections of critical reading, math and writing. The district’s 2008 average was 1371.

    Indian Land High School had the highest 2009 average composite score (1470) among the district’s four high schools.

  • No one hurt when bus wrecks in Kershaw Elementary

    KERSHAW – A Lancaster County School District bus driver and two students were not hurt when their bus hit a tree near Kershaw Elementary School on Tuesday.

    Bryan Vaughn, the school district’s safety and transportation director, said the crash is under investigation.

  • District 2 voters go to polls

    Voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the special Democratic primary for Lancaster County Council’s District 2 seat.

    Charlene McGriff and Blondale Funderburk are vying for the seat left by Fred Thomas, who stepped down to become a magistrate judge in June. There is a little more than a year remaining in Thomas’ County Council term.

    Five polling places will be open Tuesday: Lancaster East, Lancaster West, Chesterfield Avenue, Gooches Crossroads and Erwin Farm. By law, residents can vote only at their precinct.

  • WW II veterans invited to take Honor Flight to nation's capital

    KERSHAW – World War II veterans from the Kershaw area, or Lancaster and Kershaw counties, will have the opportunity to see the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 21.

    But months before the trip, local World War II veterans will be recognized at a kick-off dinner. The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kershaw First Baptist Church ministry center, 210 N. Matson St.

  • Officials to break ground for courthouse

    Lancaster County will kick off construction of its new courthouse with a groundbreaking ceremony Monday afternoon.

    Slated for 4 p.m., the ceremony will be held at  Main and Meeting streets.

    The event will feature comments from several officials, including County Council Chairman Rudy Carter, Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond, Chief Justice of the S.C. Supreme Court Jean Toal and Mitch Norrell, president of the Lancaster County Bar Association. Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith will introduce Toal.

  • Healthy Youth conference seeks funds from county

    Lancaster County Council is considering whether to help fund an annual conference that focuses on youth substance abuse prevention.

  • New Roy Hardin Park inches closer to reality

    INDIAN LAND – As plans firm up for a new Roy Hardin Park, some Indian Land residents are hoping for a smooth transition.

    Jane Tanner, president of the Indian Land Action Council, presented some of the community’s concerns at Lancaster County Council’s Aug. 10 meeting.

    Council is considering an ordinance that would relocate the park from its current location near Collins Road to an area one street over near Shelley Mullis Road.