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Today's News

  • AJ student’s play to be staged this week

    KERSHAW – There may be a playwright in the making, and you will have a chance to see his work before he makes it to the big stage.

    Ethan Wells, a senior at Andrew Jackson High School, has written a play called “Drifter.”

    His work placed in the top three in this year’s Palmetto Dramatic Association competition. Nearly 150 students statewide submitted entries.

    Wells is shocked that he won. His eyes open wide and his jaw drops when you ask him about it.

  • New home sales still brisk in IL development for seniors

    INDIAN LAND – The housing market bubble may have burst last year, but sales have remained strong in one Indian Land location – Sun City Carolina Lakes, which has continued to attract new homeowners.

    Developed by Del Webb, the Sun City development off U.S. 521 includes hundreds of homes, most ranging between almost $200,000 to over $400,000 each.

    Jon Hardy, president of Pulte Homes’ Charlotte market, said the development is progressing according to plan. Pulte Homes is Del Webb’s parent company.

  • Boone will ‘bend over backwards to help you’

    Elaine Boone had no idea she was going to be nominated for Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter award.

    Boone, who works in Lancaster County’s planning department, said it wasn’t until she opened her paycheck last month that she saw the award ballot inside with her name on it. Employees are nominated mainly by their own colleagues, with the final decision made by the county’s human resources department.

    Boone’s coworker, Penelope Karagounis, nominated her for the award, and the HR department revealed she won in late January.

  • New leaders take reins

    The Van Wyck Community Development Club is under new management. After 10 years with the same leadership, the club voted in new office holders in January.

    New officers are Ollie Bass, president; Chris Madden, vice president; Eloise Williams, secretary; and Kelly Bishop, treasurer.

    Retiring club secretary Betty Broome said she is excited about the change, adding that new people bring new ideas and energy.

    For 20 years, Broome has been a member of the club, which was formed in the 1940s. The club is responsible for the upkeep of the Van Wyck Community Center.

  • From Bruins quarterback to Highway Patrol’s top cop

    Kenny Lancaster quarterbacked for the Lancaster High School Bruins football team from his sophomore to senior seasons.

    He played golf, wrestled and ran track for the Bruins. He graduated from Lancaster High in 1985.

    After high school, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Ken Lancaster, a 30-year veteran of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Lancaster is a 20-year veteran of the S.C. Highway Patrol. His most recent assignment was major in charge of field operations for the lower state.

  • More than 4,000 jobless in county

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate increased by more than 1 percent in December.

    The unemployment rate for the county rose to 13.9 percent, up from 12.5 percent in November, according to the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    Lynda Burke, area director for the S.C. Employment Security Commission, said this translates to more than 4,000 unemployed workers in the county, out of a labor force of almost 30,000 workers.

  • Dull knife puts a burr beneath my saddle

    That warm sun has melted away the last traces of snow.

    Mama said the pear tree is starting to bud and the yellow belle bushes are showing some color.

    Why, even the ice man has a little hitch in his giddy-up from making more deliveries in our neighborhood.

    Given this little glimmer of warm weather, I had already been given orders to hose down the wooden lawn chairs stored in the plunder house and to rinse out the bird baths.

    There’s one thing for sure, I thought, as I lugged the chairs outside.

  • Remembering Ray Knight

    Fran Knight remembers hearing chilling words from her husband Ray’s doctor after he was shot in the face last June.

    “He said, ‘Mr. Knight, you’re going to have some major medical problems from this,’” Fran Knight said. “He went downhill really fast.”

  • Wilson-Evans to be honored at USCL event

    Slave stories of bondage, struggle and dreams of freedom will jump out of the history books and onto the stage as a local Black History Month celebration gets under way.

    Kitty Wilson-Evans, a local slave interpreter and storyteller, will be honored during a special event Sunday at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The event begins with a reception at 3 p.m.

    Paintings of Wilson-Evans playing the slave woman Kessie will be on display.

  • Home Depot celebrating 5th anniversary here

    Home Depot announced it was reducing 7,000 jobs at its high-end decor stores, but there are no plans to close Lancaster’s Home Depot.

    Home Depot in Lancaster opened Jan. 29, 2004, and the store is celebrating its fifth anniversary here with several promotions.

    Daisy Prosser, expeditor for the Lancaster store, said 12 employees who were there on Day 1 still work at the store. Prosser, a South Carolina native, is one of them. The store has 102 employees.