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  • Wilson surprised at event with resolution and scholarship named in her honor

    A strong, boisterous voice emerged from nowhere chanting, “I want Jesus to walk with me.”

    The sound came from Kessie, a woman captured from her African homeland and forced to live for years as an American slave.

    Kessie carried a bag of cotton and walked with a wooden stick that helped her get around and support her back, which was arched after many years of hard work for the slave master.

  • Local woman witnesses Obama’s inauguration

    INDIAN LAND – Vera Witherspoon still can’t believe she witnessed history.

    Along with her son and a few cousins, the Indian Land native braved cold temperatures and massive crowds in Washington, D.C., to watch Barack Obama become the 44th president of the United States last month.

    “For me to be able to be there and witness this, I never would’ve thought I’d be there,” Witherspoon said. “I knew this day would come, but to be there and to witness this was just an awesome occasion.”

  • Five file for three seats on Kershaw Town Council

    KERSHAW – It’s election time in the town of Kershaw.

    Three seats are up for grabs in the election, which will be held March 17.

    Two incumbent council members, District 4 representative Harold Williams and District 3 representative Mark Dorman, chose not to seek reelection.

    Pat Catoe and Morris Russell are running for Williams’ seat. Russell serves as director of Lancaster County Emergency Management.

    Randy Seegars and John S. “Jody” Connell have filed for Dorman’s seat.

  • Amanda Roberts wins state conservation honor

    Amanda Roberts, district manager for the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District, received the S.C. Association of Conservation District’s 2008 Outstanding District Employee of the Year at the 2009 Conservation Partnership Conference in Myrtle Beach on Jan. 15.

    Conservation districts nominate their district employee for supporting the local-state-federal Conservation Partnership and for promoting conservation within the county.

    Roberts has been manager of the district since January 2007.

  • New Habitat director excited about organization's future

    Three months after becoming executive director of Habitat for Humanity’s Lancaster office, Traci Watterson is confident in the organization’s new direction.

    Watterson, 34, a lifelong Lancaster resident who became the executive director on Nov. 1, immediately immersed herself in the organization’s initiatives and inner-workings, looking for ways to make the group more efficient and better known in the community. Along with help from Habitat’s national office, she has been busy revamping the local organization.

  • Family grateful for bone marrow drive

    I am writing this letter to thank the people of Lancaster County, the Buford community and especially Hopewell United Methodist Church for sponsoring a bone marrow donor drive in December. We moved from Lancaster more than 25 years ago as newlyweds, and yet our old friends and church family continue to amaze us.

    After learning that our 15-year-old daughter, Laura Margaret, needed a bone marrow match, these wonderful people worked quickly and tirelessly to organize a first-class bone marrow donor drive.

  • Losing USCL would have impact on many

    A few weeks ago, the University of South Carolina at Lancaster Dean Dr. John Catalano asked us to imagine our county without USCL.

    It is painful to try to imagine how losing USCL would hurt the people of – not just our county – but of the surrounding area and in fact, our entire state.

    It is hard to imagine the hardships many of our senior citizens would face if they could no longer go to the USCL Gregory Health and Wellness Center for therapy.

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  • Artisan’s Center has so much potential

    The city and the downtown area needs the Artisan’s Center as a means to head off into a more positive direction for the community.

    Does anyone remember the store that used to be located where Chastain’s Studio Lofts is now located? No? Neither do I.

    But you cannot miss the lovely store front on Main Street where the Chastain studio is now located, and so one can only imagine how nice the Artisan’s Center will be.

    Does the Artisan’s Center location become an attraction for the downtown area, or just become another large empty store?

  • New faces, new places

    From the big house to the state house. From the county seat to the city seat. From the sheriff’s office to Highway Patrol. New faces in new places.

    At the head of our nation’s helm is the first black president. Locally, we have the first woman from Lancaster County serving in the S.C. House of Representatives. We have a new state senator.

    We have a new sheriff and new person in charge of Highway Patrol.