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Today's News

  • Local teachers honored for building cultural awareness

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Visiting International Faculty Program has recognized 16 of its visiting exchange teachers with 2009 International Educator of the Year awards.

    Two Lancaster County School District teachers were honored with the awards.

    Chosen from among more than 70 nominees in six states, these educators work every day to create opportunities for their students to explore other cultures and countries, master new languages, and discuss and contribute to solutions for global challenges.

  • Rotary clubs recognize students with Principals' Choice awards

    Chris Catoe is in his first year at Buford Middle School and says he was nervous about starting school in a new place.

    He had to deal with the prospect of bullies, while trying to make friends and concentrate on his work.

    But since the start of school, the sixth-grader has excelled academically. He now speaks highly of his middle school experience.

    “It was scary the first few days, but it’s good now,” Catoe said.

  • Woodworkers present sign to fire department

    INDIAN LAND – A new sign now hangs at the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department.

    Constructed and painted by the Woodworker’s Guild at Sun City Carolina Lakes, the 4.5-foot-wide and 3-foot-tall sign replaces the department’s old sign, which had faded. The sign, which reads Indian Land Fire Department, Station 10, was presented to the department on April 30. It will be placed on the exterior of the building.

  • Summer heat at Van Wyck's second annual Spring Fling

    VAN WYCK – It felt almost like summer at Van Wyck’s second annual Spring Fling on Saturday.

    The event featured an inflatable bounce house for children, bean bag and basketball tosses, gem mining and rides on the Van Wyck Express, a mini-train, around the Van Wyck Community Center’s walking track.

    “That’s the main thing she wanted to come for was to ride the train,” said Van Wyck resident Pat Oglesby, who brought her 3-year-old granddaughter, Elizabeth, to the fling.

  • Man enters neighbor's house thinking it's his

    A Lancaster man was hurt when his neighbor broke into his house and attacked him early Wednesday morning.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a Burke Duncan Road resident said he was awakened by someone knocking on his back door.

    As he got up to answer the door, he heard the pounding getting louder, as if someone were trying to kick the door in.

  • Two teachers receive national awards

    The country’s largest exchange program for teachers has given high honors to two educators in Lancaster.

    Brooklyn Springs Elementary School’s Mónica M. Díaz Jiménez is South Carolina’s 2009 International Educator of the Year for the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Program.

    Verónica Raffin of North Elementary School won VIF’s honorable mention this year.

    Both Diaz and Raffin teach English as a Second Language, or ESL.

  • Kershaw man dies almost two weeks after motorcycle crash

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw man has died after he was involved in a motorcycle crash on April 26.

    Michael Gary Holden, 41, 6373 N. Matson St., died May 8.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said Holden was driving his 1996 Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Country Club Drive in Kershaw about 8:15 p.m. April 26 when he ran off the right side of the road and hit a ditch.

    Holden was not wearing a helmet, Gaskin said. He was airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia.

  • Council OKs franchise for private ambulance service

    Lancaster County Council has approved a new ambulance service to operate in the county.

    The private ambulance service, called American TransMed Inc., was given the go-ahead to operate a franchise in the county on Monday. Council voted 6-1 in favor of the measure, with Councilman Cotton Cole dissenting.

    Greg Kirby, president of American TransMed, and Emergency Medical Services Director Lanny Bernard answered questions from council.

  • New traffic light being installed on S.C. 160

    INDIAN LAND – A new traffic light could soon help manage the surge in motorists on S.C. 160 in Indian Land.

    The traffic light is being installed at the intersection of S.C. 160 and Rosemont Boulevard.

    John McKay, maintenance engineer for the S.C. Department of Transportation, said installation is almost complete, and signs have already been ordered for the intersection.

    The light was approved by SCDOT, but work is being completed by a developer.

  • County Council considers Made in the USA resolution

    Lancaster County Council is considering a resolution that would place an emphasis on buying American-made goods.

    But some council members admit it may be a tough guideline to follow.

    Council Chairman Fred Thomas introduced the idea at Monday’s meeting. The idea for the resolution developed from a request by the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

    The proposed resolution, called the 2009 Resolution on the Spending of Federal Economic Renewal Grants, lists several ways the county can help turn the economy around.