• Adult Education holds graduation

    Sarah Kay Kennedy knew she needed to complete the adult-education program to get a good job. At times, though, she felt like giving up.

    Kennedy, a former spinner for Springs Global, cried many nights after leaving the Lancaster County Adult Education center on Barr Street, where she was working toward a GED (general equivalency diploma).

    The day she was about to take her GED test in March, Kennedy, 49, was found crying in the bathroom. She tried to leave the building, but personnel encouraged her to stay and take the test.

  • Your junk, throw-aways sought by instructor of summer art program

    One person's junk is another child's art project.

    Van Wyck artist Cherry Doster will be teaching at arts camps around the area this summer, and needs old shoes, artificial flowers, vinyl record albums, newspapers, magazines and other things that children can turn into recycled art in her classes.

    "You have this opportunity to help give kids ages 5 to 12 in a unique learning experience simply by donating your throw-aways,"Doster said. "Kids can make something artsy out of just about anything that folks throw away."

  • Buford High – 'Learning doesn't end with our exit today'

    Buford High School valedictorian Taylor Threatt said her best leader in life is God.

    At the very last minute, Threatt surpassed classmates Brandon Moore and Jessica Newton, nabbing the top spot in the BHS class of 2008.

    Threatt is a member of the Beta Club and National Honor Society. She played on the BHS volleyball and golf teams. She plans on pursuing a secondary education degree at North Greenville University.

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  • Lancaster High – 'I want everybody to know that you can make it'

    Tears streaked down Pearlene Dinkins' face as she watched her granddaughter, Sekia Davis, march off the field as "Pomp and Circumstance" played.

    Dinkins, like many others Friday night, was simply proud to see a family member finish high school. Davis was one of 301 Lancaster High School students to receive a diploma this year.

    "I feel so good to see her get through this year," Dinkins said. "It's a blessing."

    The ceremony was also emotional for Dani Strang.

    For a while, the graduating senior couldn't stop crying.

  • Two Republicans vie for District 1 seat on council

    The two Panhandle Republicans running for County Council District 1 have one thing in common – both want the county to form a new land-use plan.

    Alan Patterson and Larry McCullough are each first-time candidates for elective office.

    McCullough, 58, said he was asked by many people to run for the office. He said he looked at the county's needs, and considered what he could bring to the table.

    "We want to do some things to make the Panhandle and Lancaster County better as the future unfolds," he said.

  • Funds, volunteers sought to build children's park

    KERSHAW – The effort to raise money and volunteer labor for a planned children's park in Kershaw marches on.

    More than $40,000 of the projected $97,000 cost of the park has been raised, but additional funds are sought and people are being asked to help work at the park site July1 through July 26.

    Thirteen captains will lead the work and people who will cook meals for the volunteers over the five-day period.

    "This will truly be a community-built park," said Beverly Timmons of the Kershaw Community Park Council.

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  • Public may speak on county's proposed budget Monday

    County Council's budget talks are expected to continue Monday night.

    Council has second reading of the 2008-09 budget on its agenda. It held a special meeting May 22 to discuss the proposed $30.2 million budget, which includes increases for new personnel for three new buildings – the Indian Land Library, the new recreation center in the Edenmoor subdivision and the Buford recreation center.

  • City presses county on parks

    After hearing complaints from residents about repairs needed at city parks, Lancaster city officials have gotten in touch with the county to see they are made.

    Teresa Meeks, support services director for the city, told City Council of the steps the city has taken to address residents' concerns about the parks.

    Council looked at photos showing functionality and safety issues, such as exposed electrical wires and broken benches in baseball dugouts.

    Some aesthetic issues are also of concern, such as painting in a few of the parks.