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Today's News

  • I'm too sleepy to write anything

    These days, it doesn’t take very much to put me in the mood to count sheep.

    The labels on a couple of my prescriptions tell me it’s not smart to operate farm machinery since these medications  “may induce drowsiness.”

    Guess what? That ain’t a big deal to me anymore.

    At this stage of my life, I make it a point to stay away from hay combines or anything with John Deere written on the side of it.

    In fact, I don’t have any intentions of messing with a garden hoe, much less a merry tiller.

  • Pinetuckett to perform at ASJP on Friday

    The bluegrass gospel music group, Pinetuckett, above, will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. today at Andrew Jackson State Park amphitheater. The concert is free with park admission. Admission to the park is $2 adults; $1.25 for South Carolina seniors and free for ages 15 and younger.

    Organized in the early 1970s, Pine-tuckett plays a variety of traditional bluegrass and gospel music. The group performs across the Carolinas at festivals, churches and private parties.

  • Local teachers honored for building cultural awareness

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Visiting International Faculty Program has recognized 16 of its visiting exchange teachers with 2009 International Educator of the Year awards.

    Two Lancaster County School District teachers were honored with the awards.

    Chosen from among more than 70 nominees in six states, these educators work every day to create opportunities for their students to explore other cultures and countries, master new languages, and discuss and contribute to solutions for global challenges.

  • Rotary clubs recognize students with Principals' Choice awards

    Chris Catoe is in his first year at Buford Middle School and says he was nervous about starting school in a new place.

    He had to deal with the prospect of bullies, while trying to make friends and concentrate on his work.

    But since the start of school, the sixth-grader has excelled academically. He now speaks highly of his middle school experience.

    “It was scary the first few days, but it’s good now,” Catoe said.

  • Woodworkers present sign to fire department

    INDIAN LAND – A new sign now hangs at the Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department.

    Constructed and painted by the Woodworker’s Guild at Sun City Carolina Lakes, the 4.5-foot-wide and 3-foot-tall sign replaces the department’s old sign, which had faded. The sign, which reads Indian Land Fire Department, Station 10, was presented to the department on April 30. It will be placed on the exterior of the building.

  • Summer heat at Van Wyck's second annual Spring Fling

    VAN WYCK – It felt almost like summer at Van Wyck’s second annual Spring Fling on Saturday.

    The event featured an inflatable bounce house for children, bean bag and basketball tosses, gem mining and rides on the Van Wyck Express, a mini-train, around the Van Wyck Community Center’s walking track.

    “That’s the main thing she wanted to come for was to ride the train,” said Van Wyck resident Pat Oglesby, who brought her 3-year-old granddaughter, Elizabeth, to the fling.

  • Man enters neighbor's house thinking it's his

    A Lancaster man was hurt when his neighbor broke into his house and attacked him early Wednesday morning.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a Burke Duncan Road resident said he was awakened by someone knocking on his back door.

    As he got up to answer the door, he heard the pounding getting louder, as if someone were trying to kick the door in.

  • Two teachers receive national awards

    The country’s largest exchange program for teachers has given high honors to two educators in Lancaster.

    Brooklyn Springs Elementary School’s Mónica M. Díaz Jiménez is South Carolina’s 2009 International Educator of the Year for the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) Program.

    Verónica Raffin of North Elementary School won VIF’s honorable mention this year.

    Both Diaz and Raffin teach English as a Second Language, or ESL.

  • Kershaw man dies almost two weeks after motorcycle crash

    KERSHAW – A Kershaw man has died after he was involved in a motorcycle crash on April 26.

    Michael Gary Holden, 41, 6373 N. Matson St., died May 8.

    S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said Holden was driving his 1996 Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Country Club Drive in Kershaw about 8:15 p.m. April 26 when he ran off the right side of the road and hit a ditch.

    Holden was not wearing a helmet, Gaskin said. He was airlifted to Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia.

  • Council OKs franchise for private ambulance service

    Lancaster County Council has approved a new ambulance service to operate in the county.

    The private ambulance service, called American TransMed Inc., was given the go-ahead to operate a franchise in the county on Monday. Council voted 6-1 in favor of the measure, with Councilman Cotton Cole dissenting.

    Greg Kirby, president of American TransMed, and Emergency Medical Services Director Lanny Bernard answered questions from council.