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  • Versatile Lang, Rainwater duo in concert next Sunday at CAC

    Music brings people together in the strangest of ways. Just ask Will Lang and Anne Rainwater of the Lang-Rainwater Duo – a trombonist and a pianist from opposite sides of the country forming a duo – one from New York, the other from California.
    They will be performing Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center.

  • Dancing With the Stars

    Indian Land is known for its explosive residential and industrial growth, but now the Panhandle can also be known for its first-ever duo to take part in Lancaster County’s Dancing With the Stars.
    Archie Walker, owner of Archie Boy’s Texas Style Barbeque, and Melissa Prince, INSP vice president of corporate communications, are eagerly prepping for February’s competition, and have already enjoyed every minute with their student coaches.

  • IL author traces his path from illiteracy to success

    Author and motivational speaker Aron “Paul” Seaborn shared the story of his journey from illiteracy to success at last week’s 18th-annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Scholarship Breakfast.
    The Indian Land resident spoke about his struggle through life and told the audience about how King inspired him to keep going.
    “My life started when I listened to Martin Luther King Jr.,” he said.

  • EMS team wins regional contest, heading for state

    Lancaster County EMS was crowned the victor in this year’s Regional Paramedics Competition thanks to a pair of medics who will be vying for the state title in March.
    EMS supervisor David Demby and paramedic Javario Crawford competed against 11 other teams in the Midlands region earlier this month. Each team was responsible for treating patients during a mock mass-casualty situation.

  • Cost soars on paving at Buford rec center

    Another Lancaster County capital project is coming in way over budget.
    It’s going to cost up to $414,000 to pave the gravel parking lot at the Buford Recreation Complex on Hurley Walters Road. The county had budgeted $350,000 for the paving project as part of the $800,000 in upgrades at the Buford complex that are being paid for by hospitality-tax money.
    The 18 percent overage on the parking lot is a combination of the paving contract and unexpected engineering costs.
    The low bid for the paving itself came in at $366,000.

  • State has $2.9M for county residents

    The state has a $550 million pot of unclaimed financial assets in Columbia, and some of it might be yours, just for the asking.
    This week, state officials produced a searchable database of 1,700 accounts totaling $2.9 million that belong to Lancaster County individuals, businesses, organizations, estates and trusts. And those are just the accounts with $500 or more in them.
    Local optometrist Johnny Dukes was on the list. He was a forgotten beneficiary on an insurance policy, collecting  $3,200.  

  • This year’s medical-cannabis bill doesn’t allow smokable marijuana

    Medical cannabis is back on the agenda as the legislative session cranks up, this time with smokable marijuana stripped out of the proposal in an attempt to gain more traction.
    Lawmakers introduced similar legislation during the 2017-18 session. It got through House and Senate committees but never made it to a floor vote.
    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) of Lancaster, supporter of the previous bill, said there is even stricter regulation and oversight in this proposal to prevent recreational use of the drug.

  • Council picks Blackmon as mayor pro tem

    The city of Lancaster has a new mayor pro tem, with city council voting unanimously Tuesday night to make Linda Blackmon its second in command.
    “It feels good that it was unanimous. I want to do a very good job for the city. It just feels great,” Blackmon said after the vote.
    Mayor Alston DeVenny called the vote an opportunity for the city council to unite publicly and build cohesiveness as a group.

  • Conserving our forests wins Ardrey top honors

    You can wear out a lot of work boots planting 125 million trees on roughly 250,000 acres over 47 years.
    “Sure can,” said 76-year-old forester Bill Ardrey, laughing as he considered the math. “It’s 500 trees an acre, and you know, that’s a lot of trees.”
    That’s not Ardrey’s only accomplishment from working in the woods for almost half a century.

  • ‘Gives us exercise, keeps us young!’

    Forget boring Saturday nights at home in front of the TV. Lancaster has a new hotspot where locals can dance, socialize, eat and play.
    The recently renovated Lancaster Bowling Center buzzed with activity Jan. 12 as locals gathered for dancing, live music, bowling and games at the Christian Services hub off Great Falls Highway.