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  • 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.

  • Honoring the Animals Day set for this weekend at USCL

    The role of animals in Native American culture will be the focus of a day-long event this weekend at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    Honoring the Animals Day begins at 9 p.m. Saturday and will be held at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    The event will explore the relationship between animals and Native Americans, and the role of certain animals, particularly in Catawba and Cherokee Indian culture.

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • Mobile food banks begin delivery today in Kershaw

    Gathering on the front porch of the Springs House in downtown Lancaster, representatives from several local charitable organizations hoped to get the word out about a new county food initiative.

    The heads of the Springs Close Foundation, HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster, KARE (Kershaw Area Resource Exchange), Christian Services and the Lancaster County Council on Aging were on hand Thursday to discuss their collaborative efforts to eliminate hunger in the county.

  • Breaking News Inspiration Networks denied tax exempt status

    The state of South Carolina has denied tax exempt status for Inspiration Networks City of Light campus in Lancaster County. Check back later for full story.

  • A step forward on courthouse

    Lancaster County Council held a special meeting Monday night to get an update on construction of the new courthouse.

    Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders and project architect Ashby Gressette of Stevenson Wilkinson discussed the plans. This included updates about the budget, design work and floor plans.

  • Prayer vigil set for Miles

    Reformation Lutheran Church is hosting an all-day prayer vigil Saturday for a Lancaster leader who needs a liver transplant.

    The vigil will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church, 508 N. French St. It is for Jody Miles, director of Lancaster’s Christian Services, a nonprofit organization that has assisted the needy in Lancaster County for more than 17 years.

    Miles contracted hepatitis C in the 1980s from a blood transfusion, and the disease has damaged her liver.