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  • Wingate choral group tops off double-header

    After a piano recital by award-winning pianist Gregory Knight on Sunday, the 35 voices of the Wingate University Singers top off a cultural double-header next Tuesday evening.
    The singers, who perform at 7 p.m. at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center on East Gay Street, enjoy both national and international recognition, but their home base is just across the state line in Wingate, N.C.

  • Big Thursday splits $40K between USCL, Clemson

    Gamecocks and Tigers rallying in close proximity isn’t something you see often – unless they’re filling a stadium one Saturday each fall.
    But the cross-state rivalry takes a backseat when kids’ futures are on the line.
    And that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday when Big Thursday Scholarship of Lancaster presented checks for $20,000 each to the USC Lancaster Educational Foundation and Clemson University.

  • Chester pledges $75K for Thread Trail proposal

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    CHESTER – An extension of the Carolina Thread Trail that could serve as a natural pathway to coming whitewater rapids along Fishing Creek in Great Falls will have the financial support of Chester County.
    In December, Matt Covington and Bret Baronak from the Carolina Thread Trail addressed Great Falls Town Council about obtaining a 22-mile segment of abandoned CSX rail lines to add into the trail network.

  • A remarkable life of fortitude, honor

    KERSHAW – Lancaster County has lost one of its most beloved military veterans – its first casualty of the Vietnam War.
    Army 1st Lt. Jon Cook died Sunday at KershawHealth Medical Center in Camden. He was 79.
    One of his longtime friends, Frances Moreland, visited Cook hours before his death.
    “I asked him if he was hurting. He said, ‘No, I’m just real tired.’ And, of course Jon was, with all he had been through.”

  • Top concert series survives again, but tough budget looms

    Lancaster’s Performing Arts Series of concerts avoided the axe – for now – after city council voted Tuesday to keep the events “subject to the constraints of the budget,” putting off the issue until March budget talks.

  • Piano concert kicks off CAC double-header

    Piano music is one of the most popular forms of musical performance in nearly any style, from classical to sacred to jazz.
    Kicking off a cultural double-header at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center on Feb. 17 is classical pianist Gregory Knight. He will be followed Feb. 19 by the Wingate University Singers, performing on their spring tour.
    Knight has a remarkable international reputation. He’s from right here in the Carolinas, and was something of a child prodigy.

  • Reality TV show nixes #MyPageland

    Pageland’s fast-and-furious effort to win a $500,000 downtown makeover and star in a reality television show came up short Tuesday.
    “Small Business Revolution Main Street” picked a Top Six instead of a Top Five. Selections had Western orientation, as five of the six towns were west of the Mississippi River.
    About 50 #MyPageland supporters gathered Tuesday morning at the Ball Theatre for the announcement.

  • Night to Shine

    The limos, red-carpet entrance, balloons and fairy lights made Friday’s Night to Shine rival any high school prom celebration.
    About 200 volunteers helped stage the magical evening for 56 guests of all ages from all over the state.
    “The dancing and the crowns, and everything. I mean, it is so special!” said an enthused Jackie Welsh, one of the guests of honor. “Even a limousine ride!”
    But the glamorous event was no regular prom night. It was dedicated to those with special needs.

  • Van Wyck Road site targeted for apartments, assisted living

    The story of development in Indian Land continues, with another potential project slated for a 49-acre site wedged between U.S. 521 and Van Wyck Road.
    Charlotte-based Van Wyck Partners owns 24 acres along Van Wyck Road, and is in talks to purchase an adjacent 24 acres, currently owned by the Agnes W. Yarborough Living Trust.

  • Norrell: Schools bill ‘wonderful, revolutionary’

    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell says the proposed legislation to overhaul the state’s public education system addresses teacher recruitment and retention “in a huge way.”
    “It has massive incentives,” Norrell told members of the local Democratic Party last Thursday night during its monthly meeting at the Lancaster County Library.
    “It increases salaries far beyond the Southeastern average,” she said, noting that it hikes teacher pay by a total of about 10 percent over the next two years ($270 million).