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  • Team effort pays off for sheriff’s office

    There’s plenty of reason for an upbeat attitude at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office these days. The sheriff’s office recently received its accreditation.
    The achievement earned Lancaster County the distinction of being the 44th state law enforcement agency of 290 statewide to earn its accreditation and the only the 11th state sheriff’s office to reach the elite status.
    The accreditation means the sheriff’s office is a more professional agency, increasing officer morale and providing better service for county residents.

  • Congrats to schools and district for report cards

    When your children improve their grades on their report card, you praise them. You may even reward them. Likewise, when our schools and school district improve their grades on their report cards, they deserve our praise.
    Lancaster County School District and its four high schools recently received their report cards from the state. Three of the high schools and the district overall showed improvement in both of the state’s ratings. Six of the district’s elementary and middle schools also showed improvement in their ratings, which were announced in November.

  • Those who are struggling need our help

    There was a story about the unemployment rate in Lancaster County dropping from 15.6 percent in December 2010 to 14.6 percent in January in the March 20 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Statistically, that appears to be good news – that our county’s jobless rate dropped 1 percent. But those statistics mean nothing to those who’ve lost their jobs, exhausted their unemployment benefits and drained their 401k and bank accounts.

  • Plyler served Lancaster County well

    A fixture in Lancaster County government is now in a well-deserved retirement.
    Irene Plyler, Lancaster County Council’s first clerk, has retired after 33 years at the job assisting council and the county administrator.
    Plyler recently was honored with a retirement party which drew family, friends and co-workers.
    Plyler, during her time as council’s clerk, served under three different administrators, including Carroll Huffman, Chap Hurst and Steve Willis.

  • 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.