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  • How will repeal of blue laws affect businesses?

    Now that the blue laws that restricted retailers from selling many goods until after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday have been repealed here, businesses and organizations are wondering how it will affect them.

    Ann Curtsinger, co-manager of Wal-Mart in Lancaster, said she’s not sure how the repeal will affect sales at her location.

    “I don’t know how quickly it will create more jobs, it’s really hard to gauge,” she said.

    In terms of increased sales, she expects there to be a delayed reaction as residents become adjusted to the new hours.

  • Habitat’s success depends on support

    The Lancaster County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is back, and the group is planning projects to help families in the community. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. It seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action, according to its Web site, www.habitat.org.

  • Spratt has become Pelosi disciple

    Since the 2006 congressional elections when the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, it is abundantly clear that Congressman John Spratt has become a disciple of Nancy Pelosi and her out-of-control spending.

    Not one time since Pelosi became Speaker of the House has Mr. Spratt stood up and opposed Ms. Pelosi and her radically left wing agenda for America.

  • AJ High students recognized for anti-smoking efforts at school

    KERSHAW – If you ask Katie Truesdale about the cigarette butts she sees on the grounds at Andrew Jackson High School, she’ll tell you they are just a small representation of the smoking problem that exists among students there.

    Truesdale, a junior, was inspired to do something about it after attending a student government rally in Columbia in the fall. There, she learned about the statewide Rage Against the Haze campaign.

  • Matt Blackwell Foundation presents annual scholarships

    Four local high school students have demonstrated that they have the compassion, dedication and team work to be productive members of society.  

    Bobby Bentley reminded them Tuesday night that those three qualities will indeed take them a long way in life. Selflessness is key, he said.

    Bentley, the former head football coach at Presbyterian College, was the guest speaker at the eighth annual Matt Blackwell Scholarship Dinner, held at Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room.

  • Awards honor business, two individuals

    A funeral home, an auctioneer and Lancaster civic leader were honored at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting Thursday night.

    The chamber holds its annual meeting to honor the county’s Small Business of the Year, the chamber’s Volunteer of the Year and hand out a citizenship and service award.

    Live and silent auctions are also held to raise money for chamber programs.

    Business of the Year

    The chamber’s Small Business of the Year is Crawford Funeral Home. The award is sponsored by First Citizens Bank.

  • Business geared to setting up, prepping race cars for the track

    A new motor sports service has raced into Lancaster County.

    Performance Technologies, a company focused on race car preparation and set-up, officially opened Feb. 2, though it has been open since mid-January.

    Owner and race enthusiast Ron Read recently relocated from northern Virginia. The Charlotte area attracted him because of its close association with motor sports, particularly NASCAR.

  • Student art to grace cover of phone book

    Emily Moore’s artwork will soon be a mainstay in the homes of thousands of Lancaster County residents.

    The thought of such acclaim is hard for her to absorb.

    Moore, a ninth-grader at Lancaster High School, is the 2009 winner of the phone book cover contest sponsored by Comporium Communications, which produces the countywide telephone directory each year.

    About 100 middle and high school students in Lancaster County entered the contest.

  • Sylvia Knight Catoe, 63, died Saturday, March 7, 2009.

    Born June 1, 1945, in Lancaster, she was a daughter of the late Cletus Britton Knight and Martha Gay Knight. She was a member of the First ARP Church and was employed by Lancaster County.

    Survivors include two daughters, Kelly Dawn Catoe and Paula Catoe Bunton, both of Lancaster; two sisters, Sandra K. Snipes and Beverly K. Knox, both of Lancaster; two grandchildren, Brittany Bunton and Hunter Bunton; and a great granddaughter, Savannah Bunton.

  • Cost of school lunch going up?

    Local students and their families could see a hike in the cost of school-provided food starting next year.

    Lancaster County School District officials are looking at increasing the prices of its meals for the 2009-10 school year.

    This would be the first increase since 1996.

    Full-priced student lunches now cost $1.25 and full-prices student breakfast costs 75 cents, said Lydia Quinn, the district’s director of planning and accountability.

    Her office is considering raising full-priced lunches to $1.75 and breakfast to $1.