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Today's News

  • Highway deaths down in S.C. in ’08

    Fewer people died on South Carolina roads in 2008 compared to the year before, though the numbers in Lancaster County stayed the same.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol reports there were 903 highway fatalities in the state last year, a drop from 1,077 fatalities the year before.

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said the decrease may be partly due to what troopers believe is an increase in seat-belt usage. He also highlights the Highway Patrol’s continued partnership with other law enforcement groups and the outreach efforts to educate the public on highway-related dangers.

  • Sheriff makes changes

    There’s a new sheriff in town – and he’s made some changes within his department.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has named David Belk as chief deputy, or undersheriff, for the department, which has 146 employees.

    Belk, who now works for the State Law Enforcement Division, will assume his new duties Jan. 17, Faile said. He will be ranked as major.

  • For Tom and Clara Stroud, being together meant everything

    A blue spiral notebook has become one of Myron Stroud’s most cherished possessions.

    Crammed inside the notebook are pages of handwritten notes his mother, Clara Stroud, had written, recording the scores of her grandchildren’s baseball games or detailed lists of family hunting trips. Myron says, if anything, his mother was the most organized person he knew.

    “She was always recording something,” he said, patting the cover with his hand. “She was organized, but I guess we didn’t look at her like that.”

  • Thomas to chair council

    Lancaster County Council has a new chairman – former vice chairman Fred Thomas.

    Thomas is serving his seventh year on County Council.

    “I’m looking forward to this new role,” Thomas said. “I’m grateful my colleagues placed this confidence in me. I’m looking forward to the next couple of years and doing good things for Lancaster County.”

    Councilman Rudy Carter, who has served as chairman for the last four years, was voted vice chairman at Monday night’s council meeting.

  • Urgent care center now open here

    INDIAN LAND – Edgewater Medical Center, the first urgent care facility in Indian Land, has opened in 160 Plaza, with a larger branch set to open this summer.

    The practice serves all ages and offers urgent care, family medicine, internal medicine and occupational medicine.

    The partner physicians, Drs. Shashank Mishra, Amir Ansari, Brian Walker and Carla Simon, all share the goal to see as many patients as they can. The four board-certified doctors say they are excited to serve the Indian Land community.

  • Grant may save foreclosed homes

    A new foreclosures grant is poised to help the Lancaster County housing market.

    As part of an initiative called the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Lancaster County may soon receive enough money to redevelop several foreclosed homes in the area.

    Developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the S.C. State Housing Finance and Development Authority, the program works to acquire and redevelop foreclosed homes so they don’t become a detriment to their surrounding neighborhoods and communities.

  • Roughing it: Dietary fiber essential part of healthy diet

    A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination survey shows that less than 10 percent of Americans are eating the recommended amount of fiber in their daily diets.

    While the dietary fiber found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes can prevent or relieve constipation, it can also lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.

    It can also aid in weight loss.

  • Celebrate, but be safe tonight

    It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. Without a doubt, 2008 has been a history-making year – for the nation and Lancaster County.

    The most significant national event is the election of the first black president in the history of the United States – Barack Obama. President-elect Obama will be sworn in as the United States’ 44th president on Jan. 20.

  • I am fed up with people removing Christ from Christmas. I rode by Heath Springs Elementary School and it says on the sign “winter program.” The school referred to the Christmas break as a winter break. If 80-85 percent of the nation claims to be Christians then why is the 15-20 percent running the country? It is because a lot of Christians sit back and do nothing. We are supposed to pick up our cross and follow Jesus, but a lot of Christians leave their crosses at home except on Sunday. Some people say to pray about it. Well, that‘s great, but what about some action?