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  • 250 absentee votes already cast in race

    Absentee voting is running high in the race for the Lancaster County Council District 2 seat.

    Mary Ann Hudson of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission said as of Friday afternoon, 250 people had either cast an absentee ballot or requested one by mail.

    “For a special election, we have an unusually high number of absentee ballots, both requests and voting,” Hudson said. “Usually, voter turnout is not high when you’ve got this small of an election.”

  • City says no to taxi firm wanting to operate here

    The co-owner of a Rock Hill taxi company made an unsuccessful bid last week to get approval to operate in the city of Lancaster.

    Chad Whisonant of Veterans Cab Co. asked Lancaster City Council to approve his application on Aug. 25.

    Whisonant said he’s not trying to establish a permanent presence in Lancaster, but wanted to obtain a certificate just in case any of his drivers have to make pick ups in the city limits.

    “I’m not planning on coming here,” Whisonant said. “I just want to make sure I follow the law.”

  • County may cover HOPE's rent

    Lancaster County Council will consider two items Monday that could help HOPE in Lancaster better serve the community.

    Council will discuss waiving the charitable organization’s rent on its Pageland Highway building through June 2011.

    HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively,  is a charitable organization run mostly by volunteers. It assists local families with food donations and short-term expenses, such as utility bills, rent and mortgage payments.

  • Economy, cutbacks on minds of officials

    County Council Chairman Rudy Carter joked that Lancaster County is in good shape, considering “the shape we’re in.”

    Acknowledgment of the hard economic times was at the forefront as various local elected officials talked about strides and plans during State of the Community 2009, held Tuesday morning at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Course.

  • 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.