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  • Graduation 2009 - Buford High School

    Reid Smith marveled at his diploma moments after he crossed the graduation stage at Buford High School.

    Though Smith had finished classes several days before, that diploma was the ultimate vindication that his high school career was over.

    Now he and the nearly 100 other BHS graduates are about to embark on the next chapter in their lives.

    Smith, who will start college this fall at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, said he’ll carry the same work ethic that helped him succeed in high school.

  • Wrobel urges teens to rise above difficult situations

    Through the turmoil of dealing with a mother battling substance abuse and a father who worked out of town for most of her teen years, Buford High School senior Katelyn Wrobel is graduating near the top of her class.

    Katelyn, 18, is third among the 144 Buford High School seniors who will receive their diplomas Friday.

    It hasn’t been an easy road since middle school for Katelyn.

    During middle school, Katelyn lost three of her grandparents, and her mother Patty’s alcohol abuse began a downward spiral.

  • State denies tax break to Inspiration Networks

    INDIAN LAND – Inspiration Networks is facing another hurdle this week as the state of South Carolina has now denied the organization’s request for tax-exemption status.

    With this revelation, the faith organization may now be required to pay taxes on its 90-acre Indian Land campus, the City of Light, as well as any property inside the buildings.

    Inspiration Networks is appealing the decision.

  • Plyer donates 11.4 acres to Katawba land trust

    More than 10 acres has been donated to the Katawba Valley Land Trust in the city of Lancaster.

    According to the land trust, Mary Neal Plyler, wife of the late G. Millon Plyler, donated 11.4 acres to the trust. 

    The land is between First Washington Baptist Church and Eastside Academy on Hannah’s Creek along East Meeting Street. 

    The property holds bottomland hardwoods subject to frequent flooding. The land adds to the KVLT Lancaster Greenway Preserve, roughly 300 acres of protected property running through the city of Lancaster. 

  • Fred Thomas appointed new magistrate judge

    About 4 p.m. Tuesday, Fred Thomas embarked on a new career.

    Thomas will step down next week as chairman of Lancaster County Council for a new position, that of magistrate judge. Thomas has served on County Council for more than seven years. He previously served as vice chairman and is the current chairman of council.

    He will soon fill the magistrate position left vacant by Judge Debra Dawkins, who retired April 30 due to medical reasons.

    Thomas was nominated by both S.C. Sens. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 16, and Vincent Sheheen, D-District 27.

  • Indian Land teen wins spot at prestigious guitar camp

    INDIAN LAND - For years, Tyler Mitchell has honed his guitar skills, modeling his style after several musical greats. Now he’ll have the chance to play guitar with some of them at a musical workshop this summer.

    Mitchell, 16, was one of only a few performers asked to audition for a chance to win a scholarship to the Swannanoa Gathering, a folk music event, after performing at the annual Charlotte Folk Society Young Talent Showcase at the Great Aunt Stella Center in downtown Charlotte in April.

  • Students walk 153,000 miles in district's fitness challenge

    More than 153,000 total miles were walked during a fitness challenge this past semester among  Lancaster County School District students.

    Each student in grades three through 12 receive a pedometer, and data on the distances walked were recorded each week.

    The aim was to increase physical activity among the youth. However, district personnel also participated.

    The challenge, which ran from March 16 to April 10, was sponsored by the Carol White (Get Fit) Grant.

    At the end of the challenge, participants had walked 153,208 miles total.

  • District cuts about 38 jobs

    Some employees are losing their jobs due to funding cuts in the Lancaster County School District’s new budget.

    The school board adopted the $65.9 million budget for 2009-10 on Tuesday night. The vote was 5-0.

    Board members Peter Barry and Bobby Parker were absent.

    The budget calls for the elimination of nearly 38 positions, 25.5 of which are teaching posts.

    An assistant principal, two instructional specialists and six counselors will also be cut, said district finance director Tony Walker.

  • Rocky Creek Trail grand opening set

    GREAT FALLS - Sunlight sparkling on the flowing waters of Rocky Creek, birds singing in the stately hardwoods and the sound of water splashing over rocks are just a few of the pleasures that visitors will experience along the Rocky Creek Trail.

    The Great Falls Home Town Association and the town of Great Falls invite the public to celebrate the opening of the Rocky Creek Trail on Thursday.  

    The 3-mile trail, funded through a grant from the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism department, represents a small step towards the future Carolina Thread Trail.

  • Man shot while at nightclub

    A Lancaster man was shot in the buttocks at a local nightclub early Sunday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to Grown Folks on Kershaw Camden Highway about 3:30 a.m. because of a shooting. When deputies arrived, they found the 25-year-old victim on his stomach near the road. The man told deputies that he had been shot by an unknown assailant in a black vehicle.