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Today's News

  • Buford, Erwin elementary schools to hold festivals

    There will be carnival games, raffles and food as two area schools celebrate spring in style this weekend.

    Buford Elementary and Erwin Elementary will hold their respective Spring Fling festivals Saturday.

    Buford Elementary, at 1906 N. Rocky River Road, will have its event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Erwin Elementary, at 1477 Locustwood Ave., will hold its celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • AJ football coach resigns; takes job at North Central

    KERSHAW – For the second time in 15 months, Andrew Jackson High School is looking to hire a new head football coach.

    Louis Clyburn, hired to lead the Volunteers’ football program in January 2008, is leaving the Lancaster County Class AA high school after one season.

    Clyburn, who led AJ to a 5-5 regular-season record and a Class AA Upper State postseason bid after a third-place finish in Conference IV-AA, was introduced as the head football coach and athletic director at North Central High School, Class A school in Kershaw County, Tuesday night.

  • Plans unveiled for USCL’s on-campus residence halls

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster may soon have housing units comparable to those seen at Ivy League schools.

    Members of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce recently got their first look at the proposed residence halls that would be situated across from Hubbard Hall.

    Architect Kris Axhoj of Waxhaw drafted the designs and Lancaster resident Thomas Butz has joined him to help on the marketing end.

    Their goal is to have the residence halls ready for student occupancy by August 2010.

  • County Council to prioritize road projects

    Lancaster County Council will prioritize several potential road projects at its meeting Monday.

    The projects could be completed through the Catawba Regional Council of Government’s Transportation Improvement Program.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said council will discuss proposed projects such as the Dave Lyle Boulevard extension project, the widening of S.C. 160 and intersections on U.S. 521.

  • City adopts ID-theft policy

    Lancaster City Council has adopted a policy that outlines its procedures to prevent and address identity theft.

    City Council voted 6-0 on April 22 to adopt the policy, which stems form the Identity Theft Red Flags Rule. Councilman John Howard was absent from the meeting.

    “This is something we’ve tried to do all along,” said Teresa Meeks, the city’s support services director.

    The policy complies with the Federal Trade Commission’s requirement for creditors that hold consumer accounts.

  • Water tower moniker too small?

    INDIAN LAND – After months of discussion between residents and county officials, Mary Ann Brainard expected to see her community’s name in big letters on a water tower near her Indian Land home.

    Instead, she says the freshly painted words “Indian Land” are barely visible.

    The tower, near her Legacy Park neighborhood, was recently painted to include the initials for the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District in big blue letters on two sides.

  • Sporting clay benefit shoot aims to benefit Jody Miles

    A sporting clay benefit shoot is aimed at supporting Jody Miles on May 16.

    Miles, director of Christian Services in Lancaster, is seeking to get on the liver transplant list and the shoot is held in an effort to help her reach the goal.

    The benefit shoot will be held at Meadow Wood Farm, an 800-acre private hunting preserve, which has 400 acres in Lancaster County and 400 acres in Union County, N.C.

    Meadow Wood Farm hosts sporting clay fundraisers.

  • A conservation easement has been donated by Stoneboro Plantation LLC in the Stoneboro area of southern Lancaster County and northern Kershaw County to the Katawba Valley Land Trust.

    The easement totals 564 acres, of which 509 are in Kershaw County.

    The property encompasses the headwaters of Little Beaver Creek, which flows into Beaver Creek and empties into the northern tip of Lake Wateree.

    The upland forests are open and park-like due to the prescribed fire management strategy. The open spaces are full of native grasses and shrubs.

  • Robinson county’s Employee of Quarter

    Lisa Robinson suspected something was up when her coworkers recently took her picture. But she had no idea it would lead her to win as Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter award.

    Robinson, director of human resources for the county, was recently nominated by her coworkers for the honor, but they needed her picture for the ballot. She found out soon after that she had won.

    “I was very honored and very surprised,” Robinson said.

  • Mama's fed up with Blue Mondays

    I guess it was a Monday when the lady of the cave decided it was time to wash out the family hides.

    Years ago, it was called “Blue Monday,” not because washing clothes without a washing machine was depressing, but because of a bluing agent used in the rising water.

    Blue Monday still lingers in some households, but the advent of modern washers and dryers has made every day a potential wash day.

    Well, it wasn’t always that way.

    When I was a small boy, Mama didn’t have a washing machine, not even the old wringer kind.