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  • Celebrate New Year, but be safe

    It’s hard to believe 2010 is nearly over. Despite the fact that economists say we’ve now been in a economic recovery for more than a year, 2010 was still a hard year, especially for the nearly 15 percent of us still out of work in Lancaster County.
    But the news here in Lancaster County wasn’t all bad. This year, we’ve seen a number of significant openings. The new Walmart in Indian Land, a prototype superstore, and ALDI, the area’s third grocery store, both opened in August.

  • Protect personal identity information

    Identity theft has become so prevalent that almost no one is immune anymore. There are so many ways for culprits to steal personally identifiable information (PII.) The ID thieves are doing so by stealing Social Security numbers, credit or debit cards and even getting information off of phone calling cards.
    A General Accounting Office report estimates that about 750,000 Americans are victims of identity theft every year. That might not be an accurate number. Some people don’t report the crime. Some don’t even know they are victims.

  • Shoppers should Think Lancaster First this holiday season

    With Christmas lights up and a bevy of area holiday parades this weekend, it’s definitely starting to look and even feel, with the recent dip in temperatures, like Christmas here in Lancaster County.
    Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing, we’d like to remind shoppers to Think Lancaster First.
    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s shop local initiative is also in full swing, with 44 local businesses taking part in the Think Lancaster First effort.

  • Buford Jackets have plenty to cheer about

    The 2010 high school cheer competition season ended where the Buford High School squad wanted to be, but not the way the BHS girls wanted to finish.
    The Yellow Jackets team placed 13th out of 14 teams in the state championship cheer competition held at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville last month.
    Buford High, the Conference IV-AA cheer champion, entered the state finals as the Lower State champion, its second in four years.

  • Bigger reservoir a no-brainer

    Water is something we often take for granted. That’s easy to do because it appears we have plenty on our planet. The Earth is more than 70 percent water. But only about 1 to 3 percent of the Earth’s water is suitable for consumption.
    When we experience droughts like those of the past decade, we realize just how valuable water is to our lives. We’ve become accustomed to water restrictions as drought stages progress. No watering lawns, washing cars or buildings.

  • Take time to ponder meaning of holiday

    For many of us, celebrating Thanksgiving conjures up visions of pseudo-Pilgrims and early Indians dressed in period garb created from the best construction paper first- and second-graders could find.
    Cutouts of turkeys, pumpkins and cornucopias hanging from classroom ceilings added to the festive spirit.

  • Farmer's market moving forward

    County Council reorganized its farmers market commission this summer and now it’s supporting a plan to upgrade the market itself.
    Officials say since the commission was reorganized, with mostly new members, the market itself has seen an increase in business. But the physical location across from the sheriff’s office on Pageland Highway, could use some renovations. Councilman Jack Estridge said at a recent council meeting that the market facilities have been neglected for years.

  • Students reason for Rambler's success

    Rambler Day, one of the highlights of the Lancaster High School academic year, is met with much anticipation each spring.
    The LHS school term is well-chronicled in the yearbook and students always look forward to its arrival on Rambler Day.
    The 2010 Rambler, as it turns out, is extra special.
    The Lancaster High School annual was recently chosen as the best yearbook in the state by the S.C. Scholastic Press Association.
    The Rambler also won the Palmetto Award for finishing tops in Class III, its division.

  • It's time for tough decision on fire district

    From the halls of Congress to the halls in small towns, the message is clear: No more taxes.  No one wants to pay more in taxes. But when there is a dire need and no way to pay for it, sometimes that is the only answer.
    Such is the case in Indian Land. There is an effort under way to create an Indian Land Fire Protection District. The district would buy new equipment, station furnishings and fund new and existing firefighters.

  • Firefighters receive deserved recognition

    The human line snaked around the back of the County Council chambers on Tuesday night. One representative from each of the 19 fire departments in Lancaster County stood quietly. Most were fire chiefs and dressed in their best dressed uniforms.
    They were there to get some well-deserved recognition. Lancaster County Council Chairman Rudy Charter presented a special plaque and proclamation to each member citing their vital contribution to the safety and protection of county residents.