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  • 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.

  • Election makes history in S.C.

    A week ago, the ground moved.  Not literally, of course. But the Nov. 2 election was obviously a huge one for the Republican Party.
    Nationwide, the GOP made impressive gains, most notably in the U.S. Congress, where Republicans gained control of the House and reduced the Democratic majority in the Senate.
    Republicans also made impressive gains in state legislature races across the country – something that will give the party an edge when redistricting is done based on the 2010 Census numbers.

  • Thank firefighters for lower ISO rating

    Lancaster County residents recently got some news to celebrate. The Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating throughout most of the county has gone down to a 6.0.
    The rating is based on several factors, including fire services. Homeowners across Lancaster County should be thankful for the news, as the lower ISO rating will result in lower home insurance premiums for many of them.
    The Lancaster County Fire Service pushed for the countywide ISO rating. It applies to areas served by 17 of the county’s fire departments.

  • Veterans deserve gratitude

    Nov. 11 is the day set aside to give much-deserved recognition to those who gave their lives in service for our country.
    Veterans Day was established for that very purpose in 1918. That date coincides with the ending of World War I, also known as the Armistice, which was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
    Celebrations across the nation include laying of wreaths at memorials throughout Washington, D.C., and festivities and parades in towns across America. Veterans of all wars will also be recognized for their service.

  • Hunter deserves his day of honor

    Wade Hunter is what’s right about Kershaw. The Lancaster County small town has its share of positives, and Hunter is a major plus.
    The 81-year-old drew the spotlight at a recent meeting of the Kershaw Town Council.
    Hunter, a 10-year member of council and the town’s mayor pro tem, was honored by his fellow council members, who declared Dec. 11, 2010,  as Wade Hunter Day.
    It could be any day because few days pass in Kershaw that Hunter isn’t doing something positive for his town.

  • Usher a natural in his duties

    Jack Usher did his job with little fanfare, but his work as a 911
    dispatcher with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was outstanding.
    Usher, who first joined the department as a deputy, devoted half his life – 25 years – to law enforcement.
    Skills he learned as a deputy were used in his later years as a 911
    dispatcher at his post in the sheriff’s office.