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Today's News

  • Positive economic indicators do exist

    Got the blues about the economy? You’re not alone. A lot of folks are feeling stressed, anxious and, yes, depressed about the recession.

    But please don’t shoot spitballs at us because we’re messengers of bad news. We want the economy to get out of this rut, because we’re affected by tough times, too. Unfortunately, in the past week or so, there has been more bad economic news to report.

  • USCL hosting Native American Studies Week

    Catawba Indian music, dance and pottery are all on the bill for  the fourth annual Native American Studies Week at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    A number of demonstrations, lectures and discussion panels are slated to offer a closer look at Native American history and customs and how they have made an impact today.

    Scholars, Catawba Indians and archaeologists will be among those participating.

    All events are free, open to the public and will be held on USCL’s campus.

  • Continental Tire opens $11M facility

    INDIAN LAND – Business owners and county officials were on hand Thursday morning for the opening of Continental Tire’s new Indian Land headquarters.

    More than 75 guests gathered at Continental’s new 75,000-square foot building as Matthias Schoenberg, Continental Tire North America’s chief executive officer, dedicated the facility. Located inside MacMillan Business Park, the facility will house Continental’s passenger and light truck tire group and its commercial tire group.

  • Students compete in science fair

    If you’re looking to grow the greenest grass or strengthen your cell phone reception, there are a few local students who may help you out.

    Zachary Bean, a fifth-grader at Discovery School, did his science project this year on drought-resistant grass.

    He tested different types of grasses to see which one could stand straight the longest without receiving water.  

    The Pensacola Bahaia proved to be the best in his experiment.

    Nick Retter, an eighth-grader at Indian Land Middle School, explored cell phone reception for his project.

  • Last blast of winter may be on the way

    After several days of spring weather, cold temperatures are expected to return to Lancaster County at the beginning of the week.

    According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will drop early Monday as rain showers sweep across the area. Monday night’s low will be about  32 degrees.

    Tuesday’s high is forecast at 55 degrees. It will be partly cloudy and cold Tuesday night, with a low of 30.

     

  • Planners OK rezoning for gold mine

    Romarco Minerals Inc. received initial approval to rezone its Haile Gold Mine property at last week’s Lancaster County Planning Commission meeting.

    County Planner Elaine Boone presented an application for the proposed rezoning of the mine, from an R-45A, a residential district, to I-2, an industrial district.

    This would change the property from a rural-residential intense agricultural district to a heavy industrial district, which would allow the mine to continue its operations on all of its property.

  • Conservation district announces winners of poster, other contests

    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District has announced winners of its 2008 Conservation Contests.

    Contests were for students in grades K-12 for posters, bulletin boards, multi-media and photos.  The theme was “Water is Life.”

    The poster and bulletin board contests were judged on conservation message, visual effectiveness, imagination, creativity and clarity.

    Poster contest          

    Kindergarten and first grade

  • Modern police gadgets can't get rid of shoe funk

    I realize I shouldn’t write about stuff that I’ve never used.

    But I’m sorta fascinated about the recent incident were this fella was charged after getting 25 pounds of marijuana in the mail.

    Another area newspaper had an article where officers destroyed a marijuana patch with a street value in the thousands of dollars.

    To me, that stuff looks like a hybrid bunch of rabbit tobacco.

    Growing up, I don’t rightly recall anybody mentioning marijuana, much less smoking it.

  • Diabetes focus of family event

    Traci Scott is fully aware of the complications and tribulations associated with diabetes.

    Her son, Matthew, was diagnosed with type 1, or juvenile, diabetes when he was 7. They received the information during a regular check-up.

    “It was being hit broad side by a Mack truck out of the blue,” Scott said.

    She described the following few days as a blur, as the family was overwhelmed with information, including that about insulin intake, carbohydrate needs and other diabetic details.

  • Students receive GEAR-UP scholarships

    Students throughout the school district are being rewarded in a big way for their commitments to excellence.

    More than 100 seventh- through 12th-graders have received scholarships through the federal GEAR-UP grant.

    GEAR-UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, offers support and programs to encourage students to attend college.  

    The district is in the first year of this three-year grant program.