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Today's News

  • Paper, ILAC seek forum questions

    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Action Council and Carolina Gateway newspaper are seeking your questions for the candidates who will appear at their  Before You Vote 2010 candidates forum.

    The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the City of Light’s Inspiration Chapel’s auditorium.

    The full slate of candidates that local voters will see on their ballots – school board, governor, state and national House and Senate – has been invited to participate.

  • Thanks to LHS, SAT scores in district rise

    A significant jump in SAT scores at Lancaster High School led to an increase in Lancaster County School District’s overall performance this year on the college-entrance exam.  

    The College Board released results this week.

    District high school seniors had an average composite score of 1388 on the SAT’s three sections of critical reading, math and writing. The district’s 2009 average was 1360.

  • Autism fundraiser postponed

    Evelyn Springs continues to fight to find a cure for the autism that has robbed her grandson, Malik, 8, of a normal childhood.

    But for now, that fight has been put on hold.

    No, Springs isn’t a quitter, but the annual fundraiser she hosts for Autism Speaks has been postponed.

    Although letters and invitations for Lancaster Cooks 2010 – Look Who’s Cooking have been mailed out, the plans have been temporarily shelved.

    The popular fundraiser was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Fairway Room.

  • Faulkenberry believes he owes his life to divine intervention

    Claude “Red” Faulkenberry doesn’t profess to being a real religious person. But he’s quick to give credit where credit is due.

    From his hospital bed in his den he pointed to the ceiling.

    “It’s the man above,” he said. “I don’t go to church regularly, but me and him do talk. I wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for him and ‘Hillbilly.’”

    “Hillybilly” is John Hill, Faulkenberry’s friend and fellow hunting club member.

  • Business on the bypass

    Bo Thai Cuisine had its regular, devoted customers.

    But the exotic eatery, known for its fresh stir fry dishes and flavorful curries, recently closed its doors on S.C. 9 Bypass after almost three years of business.

    A “Sorry, we’re closed” sign hangs in one window, a “For sale” sign in another.

    Those may be signs of the times.

    Another restaurant on the S.C. 9 Bypass with a more familiar name, Dairy Queen, announced its closing with a sign, too.

  • Their own words

    Three authors who share a common thread that weaves through Lancaster County have recently published books.

    The Rev. Jesse Adams became an author quite unexpectedly.

    Harriett Hodges Diller became an accomplished author years ago and continues to write.

    Malcolm Jones has made a very successful living reviewing books and is now writing his own.

    Here are their stories.

    Adams a reluctant writer

    The Rev. Jessie Adams never imagined he would one day be an author. 

    “I don’t even like to write,” he said.

  • Flat Creek’s strength is dedicated volunteers

    One minute Ferris Phillips was standing inside the burning house fighting the fire. The next minute he was pinned under a fallen chimney.

    Fellow firefighters Bill Robinson and Doug Stroud watched as the terrifying scene unfolded. They feared for their friend covered beneath a rubble of bricks.

    “I was sick,” Robinson said.

    “One minute he was standing,” Stroud said. “Then he was out of sight.”

    Phillips spent 28 days in the hospital. His injuries included three crushed vertebrae and two mangled legs.

  • United Way kicks off 2010-11 campaign

    The United Way of Lancaster County wants to raise $400,000 help a number of area service agencies this year.

    The local United Way held its 2010-11 fundraising campaign kickoff Tuesday morning at the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The event was sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

    Dr. Gene Moore, this year’s United Way board chairman, spoke of the group’s $400,000 goal. The money brought in this year will be given to 16 agencies.

  • Tailgating Time

    One-handed grabs don’t just apply to the action on the football field. They also apply to the food in the parking lot, before and after the game.

    It’s time to get out the awning, folding table, chairs, coolers, grill and the cornhole game.

    Tailgating – the football season social hour – is finally here.

    It’s hard to beat a day with family and friends at a college or pro football stadium to celebrate a love of the game and to root on your favorite team.

  • J.L. Knight knew how to make a dollar

    J.L. Knight developed the knack to make a dollar at a young age.

    When he was in high school, he sold candy and chewing gum to classmates and other students. Through the years, those who knew him best said he was a hard worker who made it a point to treat people fairly.

    Knight, who was in the service station business more than 50 years in Lancaster, died Friday. He was 85.

    Knight’s brother, H.N., said he carried the appearance and mindset of a businessman ever since he was a teenager.