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Today's News

  • Teachers learn new strategies

    Educators who teach advanced placement and honors classes are learning new strategies to help their students better grasp the information they're taught.

    About 20 middle and high school teachers in the Lancaster County School District are taking part in a program called Building Better Readers. The aim is to present students with new and creative methods to read, and for the students to know that those methods may vary depending on the subject that's being studied.

  • Bojangle's parking lot issue goes to planning commission

    KERSHAW – The Lancaster County Planning Commission will consider a request from the owners of Bojangle's in Kershaw to have a piece of property behind the restaurant rezoned for use as a parking lot.

    The commission will consider the request when it meets Tuesday.

    Bojangle's owners John and Ronald Campbell of Chesterfield County are seeking to have property rezoned from R-15, a residential district, to B-3, a business district.

    The Campbells started work on the parking lot last year without getting the zoning changed first.

  • How do you get men to focus on health before something 'breaks'?

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project's Unity in the Community Event of 2008 is themed "Fathers for Healthier Families."

    Organizers plan to implore local fathers to get healthy and encourage the same among their families. But lots of fun will be mixed in as well.

    The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. June 21 on Main Street in downtown Lancaster.

    Tyrom Faulkner, executive director of the Fatherhood Project, said he hopes the event will bring together diverse parts of the community.

    "This year we're focused on health screenings," Faulkner said.

  • Mr. Albert a filler, not an emptier

    Features editor Greg Summers recently called the house and asked if I had a column in mind for Father’s Day. I guess Spam can only stretch so far.Last year, I wrote a tribute to my Dad who shared 39 years with me before his death. I told Greg even if I wished for it, I couldn’t add much more to what had written.Leave it to me to speak a little too soon; What in the world was I thinking?Come to think of it, I was blessed with two dads, one was biological.

  • Join in the effort to fight domestic violence

    These numbers – 8 percent; 1 in 5; 40 percent – by themselves may seem insignificant to you when read alone. How would you feel if these numbers reflected crime in your neighborhood? Unfortunately these statistics relate to the crimes that occur in our schools?

  • The world keeps going

    Where were they going? I watched as the cars and trucks hurried north and south on U.S. 521. Drivers would stop and turn into the parking lot of the fast food restaurant. Some parked, walked in and ordered their food. Others made their way through the drive-through line.

    The sounds of patrons’ conversations resembled the humming around a bee hive. I babysat a cup of coffee while talking to my brother sitting across the table from me. I was wearing workout clothes, had no makeup on and my hair was wet.

  • Mother: Mickey was my best friend

    There is not a day goes by that I don’t miss my son, James “Mickey” Funderburk, who died in a motorcycle accident on June 1.

    He was my best friend.

    He came to see me everyday and I would cook for him.

    He was a happy person and liked to make people laugh.

    He has always loved motorcycles. And he died doing what he loved most.

    Mickey had a lot of friends and we appreciate all their visits and kindness.

    We treasure all the little anecdotes they shared with us.

  • Dad's deserving of his day

    Today – the third Sunday in June – we honor our dads in the annual observance of Father’s Day.

    The overriding question for the week around most households is what to get Daddy for his special day.

    Guest what? He just wants to have his family around to celebrate the day.

    Oh, he will gladly take that new shirt, a pair of shorts – summer is coming, some cologne and yes, that tie.

    It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without the giving of a tie.

    That tie is symbolic because dads offer that special bond in our lives.

  • After 2 years, ILHS case still on solicitor's desk

    The local prosecutor said he's had no time to review a case that involved several thousand dollars in allegedly unwarranted wages paid to an Indian Land High School administrative assistant between 2000 and 2004.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said he hasn't had time to review the State Law Enforcement Division case involving the former employee, who was fired from Lancaster County School District in 2006 due to absenteeism. He is expected to determine whether or not to press charges in the case, once he's reviewed it.

  • Good family entertainment has a price tag

    I praised the Palmetto Thunder Air Show in my “Remember when” column because it was excellent, well staffed and  fans were on their best behavior.

    My son invited me to attend and  assist at the recycling booth. We both paid the $15 admission fee as we entered the gates. I can understand free tickets for law enforcement and emergency operating teams. I seriously doubt if their free admission was responsible for the shortfall.