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  • A.R. Rucker teams are big winners

    Perfection is a major challenge to attain, but a pair of A.R. Rucker Middle School teams did so during the 2012-13 basketball season.
    The Rucker girls and boys teams each posted an unbeaten record during the recently completed middle school basketball campaign.
    Each team went 12-0 for the season, a first in school history.
    Rams athletic director Brett Blackmon noted three key reasons in the teams’ success.
    “One, we had a great group of kids,” Blackmon said. “Number two, we had two great coaches.

  • A witness to history

    Seeing the president of the United States in person made everything about my trip to the nation’s capital worthwhile.

    Since I chose not to attend the inauguration in 2009, I made it a point to be there this time for the public swearing-in ceremony of our country’s commander-in-chief.

    Even though it’s now been several weeks since the inauguration, I still speak with energy and excitement about my action-filled weekend in and around Washington, D.C.

    Arriving in the ‘DMV’

  • Chamber honors are deserving

    Toasts were frequent at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s Wine and Stein annual meeting at the Fairway Room on Jan. 24.
    The chamber event features a host of awards for deserving folks who make a defining difference in our community.
    Mobley Drug garnered its share of awards at the meeting.

  • Emanuel right choice as interim dean at USCL

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster didn’t have to look far to secure an interim dean.
    In fact, USCL sought one of its own – adjunct business professor Stan Emanuel.
    Emanuel, a fixture at the USC regional campus which is the largest in the USCL system, is close to the situation since he served on the search committee to land a new dean.
    Former USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano, who has lead the campus for 11 years and has taught at USCL for 30 years, retired in December.

  • Award shows women’s soccer team making mark

    A 4-10-1 record isn’t much to get excited about, but sometimes a look behind the mark shows a little more.
    In the case of the University of South Carolina Lady Lancers’ soccer team, this is true.
    The 2012 USCL women’s team, led by first-year head coach Nicole Bulinsky, posted four wins last fall, but there was more.

  • Congrats to ILMS and its principal

    Indian Land Middle School has been in the limelight a lot lately. The school stepped into the national spotlight early last month when its principal, David McDonald, was named the 2013 South Carolina Middle School Principal of the Year.
    A few weeks later, ILMS learned it had been redesignated as a National School to Watch, an honor given to high-performing middle schools.
    So the school has had a lot to celebrate lately and it begins 2013 glowing with deserved pride.

  • Ring in new year safely

    It’s hard to believe 2012 is nearly over. It’s been a busy year, much of it focused on local, state and national elections and the still-struggling economy. But the election is finally over and while the county’s unemployment rate is still in the double digits this year – 10.8 percent in October, that is an improvement on the 12.6 posted at the same time last year.

  • Football stars had brilliant season

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation 9-10 all-star football team’s season didn’t end the way it wanted, but the team’s run was quite stunning.
    The 9-10 stars fell to defending state champion city of Florence in the S.C. Athletic Programs Division II state champion game at Florence Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 8.
    Florence built a 12-0 halftime lead on the way to the 20-0 win over the Lancaster County stars.
    Florence scored on its first two possessions on the way to the win.

  • SMS deserves School to Watch honor

    A toast to South Middle School’s recent success is in order. The toast would likely go something like this, “Here’s looking at you, SMS.”
    South has earned the coveted honor of a School to Watch.
    The honor puts SMS in elite company as less than 350 schools nationwide have earned the honor, and only 13 in the Palmetto State.
    One of those lucky 13 is Indian Land Middle School in the county’s Panhandle, which was recently redesignated a School to Watch after garnering the title in 2010.

  • Address evil through intelligent conversation

    Not every mentally-ill person is violent. Not every gun is used to kill first-graders, principals and teachers. Evil is, has always been and will always be with us. Our hearts were broken, our breath sucked away and we were left completely helpless when mental illness, weapons and evil combined at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.