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Today's News

  • Commission votes to close fire department

    After a sometimes heated discussion Thursday night, the Lancaster County Fire Commission voted to close the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

    Morris Russell, director of Lancaster County Emergency Management and the county Fire Service, recommended the closing of the fire department due to economics and Insurance Service Organization (ISO) ratings, which set insurance premiums for residents.

  • Mark your calendar for district's graduation, baccalaureate services

    The schedules have been set for baccalaureate and graduation services for the four high schools in the Lancaster County School District.

    Each of the four high schools will have its graduation June 5.

    Andrew Jackson High School will have its ceremony at 12:30 p.m. at the school’s gymnasium.

    Indian Land High’s graduation is 2:30 p.m. at the football stadium, known as The Reservation.

    Buford High School follows at 6 p.m. in its gymnasium. And Lancaster High School will hold its ceremony at 7:30 p.m. at Lancaster County Memorial Stadium.

  • Tax bill should decrease

    County Council unanimously passed the county’s 2009-10 budget Monday night.

    The budget, which begins July 1, was set at slightly more than $31.3 million. Considered a “continuation budget,” the new budget did not include pay raises, tax hikes, layoffs or additional programs from the current budget, though it did add four new positions.

    The budget passed 6-0. Council Vice-chairman Rudy Carter was absent.

  • Filling the treasure chest

    Students with the SWEET PEAS mentoring program recently undertook an initiative that aimed to bring joy to local hospitalized children.

    SWEET PEAS, which consists of area seventh-grade girls, applied for and received a grant from Young People in Charge to buy toys for children admitted to Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Young People in Charge and SWEET PEAS are both part of the Children’s Council, a non-profit organization that provides various programs and services for Lancaster County youth.

    About 20 girls participate in SWEET PEAS.

  • Graduation 2009 - Indian Land High School

    INDIAN LAND – A flurry of royal blue caps shot into the air at the close of Indian Land High School’s graduation.

    The celebration came only moments after the last of the 120 students in the Class of 2009 received their diplomas Friday afternoon.

    Salutatorian Kelsey Tardy and valedictorian Brooke Adams congratulated the graduates on all their hard work. Adams said now it was up to the graduates to apply what they learned in high school as they make their way in the real world.

  • Kershaw budget calls for first tax hike in more than 10 years

    KERSHAW " Kershaw residents who want to voice an opinion on Kershaw’s proposed budget for 2009-10 will get their chance Monday night.

    The proposed budget includes a 4-mill tax increase, which is equal to $18 on the tax bill of a $100,000 home, said Town Administrator Tony Starnes.

    The proposed budget includes about $1 million in its general fund, $1.2 million for the water and sewer department, $363,300 to operate the town’s golf course and $141,065 to operate the Kershaw Recreation Center.

  • Grandmother, aunt rescue boy from pool

    VAN WYCK – A 2-year-old boy was in good condition Tuesday after his grandmother rescued him from a swimming pool at her home on Monday.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the child’s aunt, Christina Austin, and Brenda Hyatt, the grandmother, began looking for the 2-year-old, Preston Tyler Osornio, at Hyatt’s Old Hickory Road home. They ran around the home to the above-ground swimming pool.

  • Graduation 2009 - Buford High School

    Reid Smith marveled at his diploma moments after he crossed the graduation stage at Buford High School.

    Though Smith had finished classes several days before, that diploma was the ultimate vindication that his high school career was over.

    Now he and the nearly 100 other BHS graduates are about to embark on the next chapter in their lives.

    Smith, who will start college this fall at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, said he’ll carry the same work ethic that helped him succeed in high school.

  • Wrobel urges teens to rise above difficult situations

    Through the turmoil of dealing with a mother battling substance abuse and a father who worked out of town for most of her teen years, Buford High School senior Katelyn Wrobel is graduating near the top of her class.

    Katelyn, 18, is third among the 144 Buford High School seniors who will receive their diplomas Friday.

    It hasn’t been an easy road since middle school for Katelyn.

    During middle school, Katelyn lost three of her grandparents, and her mother Patty’s alcohol abuse began a downward spiral.

  • People should not mistreat animals

    This letter is in reference to B.J. Mishoe’s letter, “If you love your pets, don’t let them roam,” in the May 27 edition of  The Lancaster News. I want to thank her for bringing that to everyone’s attention.