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Today's News

  • 'Hannah Montana' visits school

    Teenage music and acting sensation Hannah Montana paid a special visit to Indian Land Elementary School on May 15.

    Well, kind of.

    No, it wasn’t the real Hannah Montana who visited the school, but judging by the students’ loud roar, you may not have been able to tell the difference.

  • Economy death knell for LIFT

    A nonprofit agency that has helped those with behavior health problems get an education is dissolving due to the economy.

    LIFT, which stood for Learning Institute for Tomorrow, has been in existence for five years, offering adult education to those recovering from the effects of mental illness or substance abuse.

    LIFT’s aim was to help those people lead more rewarding and fulfilling lives.

  • District to slash some jobs

    A few dozen teaching positions will be eliminated as part of the Lancaster County School District’s proposed budget for 2009-10.

    District personnel and the school board discussed the planned $76.2 million budget Tuesday. The board will adopt the budget next month.

    Due to the weak economy and a decrease in state funding, district Finance Director Tony Walker said more than 30 teacher or guidance counselor positions have been cut for next year.

  • $20 on 20th promotion a hit here

    The minute Gizella Meyer opened her newspaper Wednesday morning, she knew how she was spending her day.

    With her family in tow, Meyer traveled for lunch at one of her favorite restaurants, Wagz and Wishes at 126 S. Main St.

    There, her family enjoyed the special of the day, three sandwiches and drinks for just $20.

    The deal was one of many throughout Lancaster County on Wednesday, as businesses participated in the Spend $20 on May 20 promotion.

  • Time to shine

    Melanie Overcash is a Lancaster High School junior who’s ranked in the top 20 of her class. She was recently selected to serve as a junior marshal for the upcoming graduation ceremony.

    But the 17-year-old has been selected for something else, too, and this is a side of Melanie that her high school classmates might not be aware of.

    An aspiring model, Melanie and her mom, Amy Overcash, are headed to Paris, France, on Saturday for the invitation-only four-day European Model Showcase.

  • Parents miss teacher cut due to budget woes

    I have a son who attends Indian Land Middle School and I have personally been very involved in the Indian Land schools, as my son progressed from one to the other. He played on the golf team and in the band. I am very interested in the quality of education he receives and in the quality of instructors from whom he receives this education.

    I just found out that one of the best teachers I have been privileged to know was refused a contract for next school year at the middle school due to budgetary cutbacks.

  • Could I have s'mores?

    It’s a sure sign that warm weather is on the way.

    Right now, somewhere on a grocery store shelf, you’re going to find space dedicated to graham crackers, marshmallows and large Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars.

    That’s the way it should be.

    When you’re in the mood to make s’mores, you shouldn’t have to walk the aisles looking for the ingredients. It should be a quick dash in and back out the door.

  • Driver didn’t bother to stop after hitting, killing pet

    This is to the girl who was driving a jeep down on Bailey Road in the Elgin community at 4:42 p.m. on Jan. 29. The speed limit is 35 mph not 65. I stood there and watched as you killed my little Smokey, who was my baby and my heart. You were so cold-hearted.

    You didn’t even put on your brakes after hitting him. You just sped on down the road leaving me there holding him as he died. I was so close I saw you look back but you just kept on. What if this would have been a human child instead of my dog? Would you have kept on? Would you have stopped?

  • Local utility celebrating its 50th anniversary Friday

    The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District is celebrating its 50th anniversary and wants to celebrate it with its customers.

    The utility is holding a celebration from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, at the Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road.

    Three speakers will cover the history of the utility, and the accomplishments over the last 50 years. Past and present district commissioners will also be recognized.

    Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with barbecue and hot dogs on the menu.

  • Aiming high for astronaut

    Passing out copies to Lancaster County Council of a rendering he had commissioned of local astronaut Charles Duke, John Griffin fondly recounted why he believes his hometown hero deserves a monument in the city.

    Griffin, a Lancaster resident and former English professor at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, approached council members on April 27 hoping to persuade them to construct a statue of Duke in front of the soon-to-be-built county courthouse.