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  • IL Middle School shows its character

    Indian Land Middle School has character and it has the awards to prove it.
    IL Middle School was recently selected as a S.C. School of Character for the second consecutive year.
    The School of Character designation is presented by the S.C. Department of Education for outstanding school climate and academic performance.
    The school’s latest award is special in that Indian Land Middle was the only state school to earn the prestigious honor.
    The School of Character designation is good for three years before the school must reapply.

  • TEA Party’s work earns national award

    The Lancaster County TEA Party is one of four recipients of the 2010 Ronald Reagan Award, which is given at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.
    The TEA Party is an American populist political movement, generally recognized as conservative and libertarian, that has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009.

  • Schools deserve kudos for awards

    Five Lancaster County schools have earned recognition as recipients of the Palmetto and Silver awards for academic excellence.
    The quality quintet includes the Discovery Charter School of Lancaster, which won the Gold Award for general performance.
    The Silver award winners for general performance are McDonald Green Elementary and A.R. Rucker Middle schools, along with Indian Land Elementary and Middle schools.
    McDonald Green Elementary also garnered a second Silver Award for its success in closing the achievement gap.

  • Habitat is doing its part, needs our help

    The Lancaster County chapter of Habitat for Humanity’s goal for 2011 is to build a home for a local family.
    That task became easier with the donation of a Penny Street home in the area of Springs Memorial Hospital. The welcomed donation was made by Wells Fargo.
    The brick home was given through Wells Fargo’s Real Estate Owned (REO) Property Donation program.

  • Honorees receive deserved recognition

    Those who make a difference in Lancaster County drew the bulk of the spotlight during the  Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s 55th annual meeting at the Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room.
    The Volunteer of the Year was presented to Dream Team Foundation founders Diana Knight and Julie Barton.
    Knight and Barton were surprised to receive the coveted honor, but they shouldn’t have been stunned in the least bit.

  • Moore deserves chance

    The move by Andrew Jackson High School officials to make David Moore the Volunteers’ head football coach minus the interim title was, in grid terms, forward progress.

    Moore, who has been a part of the AJ football program for several years, deserves the chance to lead the Vols.

    He stepped in nicely late last spring when Brian Hinson, who was hired to guide the Vols in early May, reversed field and took an assistant coach’s job at his college alma mater, Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.

  • Wilson is the right choice to lead LCPRC

    Sherry Wilson has been with the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission for only two years, but she’s already made history with her work.

    Wilson, who became the LCPRC director with the retirement of former director Frank Overcash, is the first woman to head the LCPRC.

    Wilson has spent two years with the Lancaster County Rec, serving as the assistant director.

    Now she moves into the top job, leading the county recreation department.

  • Dialogue needed about landfill

    Something smells – literally – about the proposed changes for the Mineral Mining Road Landfill. If you’ve followed this issue you know Griffin Brothers Enterprises is seeking a zoning change from R-45, rural residential/agricultural, to I-1, light industrial, to allow the construction and debris landfill to become a regional sanitary landfill.
    Waste Management is the company seeking to build the landfill that will accept household trash from North Carolina and South Carolina.

  • Interest stirring in Senate 16 race

    Who would have guessed it? Not us. We had no idea so many people would be interested in the District 16 state Senate seat when it came open after Mick Mulvaney’s election to the 5th District U.S. congressional seat in November.
    But interest it has stirred.
    Seven candidates – five Republicans, a Democrat and a Libertarian – have filed for the post.
    Mulvaney, a Republican businessman from Indian Land, vacated his Senate seat in December as he was preparing to take his seat in Congress. Mulvaney was sworn into office earlier this month.

  • Rollings a strong advocate for vets

    Lancaster County veterans lost a true ally earlier this month when George Rollings died after a courageous battle with cancer.
    Rollings served as the Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Officer from 1988 to 1995. He followed on the heels of the late Ward Faulkenberry, so he had some big shoes to fill, but he handled his duties well.
    Even after serving his time with the VA office in Lancaster County, Rollings was a frequent visitor to the office as he wanted to help in any way he could. When his time was up in leading the VA office, he stayed active.