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  • Graduation 2009 - Indian Land High School

    INDIAN LAND – A flurry of royal blue caps shot into the air at the close of Indian Land High School’s graduation.

    The celebration came only moments after the last of the 120 students in the Class of 2009 received their diplomas Friday afternoon.

    Salutatorian Kelsey Tardy and valedictorian Brooke Adams congratulated the graduates on all their hard work. Adams said now it was up to the graduates to apply what they learned in high school as they make their way in the real world.

  • Kershaw budget calls for first tax hike in more than 10 years

    KERSHAW " Kershaw residents who want to voice an opinion on Kershaw’s proposed budget for 2009-10 will get their chance Monday night.

    The proposed budget includes a 4-mill tax increase, which is equal to $18 on the tax bill of a $100,000 home, said Town Administrator Tony Starnes.

    The proposed budget includes about $1 million in its general fund, $1.2 million for the water and sewer department, $363,300 to operate the town’s golf course and $141,065 to operate the Kershaw Recreation Center.

  • Grandmother, aunt rescue boy from pool

    VAN WYCK – A 2-year-old boy was in good condition Tuesday after his grandmother rescued him from a swimming pool at her home on Monday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the child’s aunt, Christina Austin, and Brenda Hyatt, the grandmother, began looking for the 2-year-old, Preston Tyler Osornio, at Hyatt’s Old Hickory Road home. They ran around the home to the above-ground swimming pool.

  • 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.