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  • H1N1 vaccine being given

    The H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine is available, and health officials expect to receive more doses of the vaccine for those wanting it.

    More than 604,000 doses have been ordered thus far in South Carolina by the state’s public health departments or hospitals and other private providers, said Adam Myrick, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    The vaccine comes in either a nasal spray or an injectable form, and the majority of the doses have been the latter type.

  • At last - Fann gets her roof

    VAN WYCK - Standing on her new porch under a cloudy sky, Rosemary Fann can still see the tent she was almost forced to live in.

    Fann pitched the tent under the talls trees on her Van Wyck propety soon after losing her mobile home in June. She had fallen behind on payments for her home, and it was later repossessed, leaving her with no place to live.

    The only things left were her garage, filled with her pets, and her piece of property, which she had shared with her late husband, Randy.

  • Council discusses prisoner medical care

    Changes may be on the way for the county’s prisoner medical care policy.

    Lancaster County Council on Monday discussed changes to its policy on medical care for inmates charged with certain types of offenses.

    County Administrator Steve Willis recommended a change to the county’s code 2-233, which would clarify who covers medical costs for inmates involved in municipal court offenses or general sessions offenses.

  • Boy, 10, saved little brother's life

    INDIAN LAND - Thanks to his quick actions on a second-floor balcony, Revery Johnson Jr. saved his little brother’s life last spring.

    The heroic deed has earned him the National Boy Scout Medal of Honor.

    Johnson, a 10-year-old Boy Scout who hails from Indian Land but spent much of the year in Nigeria, saved his 2-year-old brother, Robert, when he almost fell through the balcony railing of the family apartment.

    The family was living in Lagos, Nigeria, where Revery’s father, Revery Sr., was working as a crane engineer.

  • Speaker: Set positive tone; be proactive

    While you may talk about trends and statistics that suggest black boys are struggling in school and in society, what are you doing to address the problem?

    Dr. Richard Ramsey, a motivational educator who’s spent nearly 30 years in education, challenged an audience of concerned residents on Friday afternoon to think about the efforts being made to reach black boys.

    He said a little bit of concern can make a big difference.

  • 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.