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Today's News

  • Officer verifying residency status

    Questions have recently arisen regarding vehicle stops in the Indian Land area. I would like to explain the rationale for these stops.

    As most residents are aware, Lancaster County has begun an initiative to locate residents who are not properly paying South Carolina taxes on property subject to such taxation. One of our first efforts involves vehicles that are not properly taxed.

  • McDonald Green students share can't miss Thanksgiving turkey recipe

    By GREGORY A. SUMMERS

    Features Editor

    A quality turkey net is half the battle to catching a good gobbler, said Justice Haynes.

    Justice is the second generation of the Haynes' family who has bought into the "get a turkey with a net" hunting method.

    "My daddy did that," Justice said, nodding his head with authority. "He caught one with a net. It took him about an hour."

    Justice and his 18 classmates are in Midenna Anderson's (aka Chief Runnin' Water) and Pam Craig's kindergarten class at McDonald Green Elementary School.

  • Naming the turkey a bad idea

    I don't know if it was tradition or custom, but a couple weeks before "Big Thursday" or Thanksgiving Day, my daddy and I journeyed down to Tradesville to pick up our big ole gobbler.

    There was a man my daddy knew who raised turkeys just for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of course, they didn't come all plucked, dressed and oven-ready. These were honest-to-goodness strutters that looked right at you and lowered their wing feathers until they touched the ground. The toms, or male turkeys, were proud fellas and couldn't resist showing you just how important they were.

  • Kershaw Town Hall torn down

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Hall came down Friday.

    Built about 1902, the complex on Hampton Street underwent various renovations and uses over the years. It was demolished by Maintenance Insulation of Lancaster to make way for a new town hall to be constructed next year on the same site.

    The demolition work started Nov. 13, with workers starting from the back and working toward the front, said Town Administrator Tony Starnes. The work will cost slightly more than $18,000.

  • 'Tis the season to shop, buy, sell

    The holiday season is a time for gathering and celebrating with friends and family, gift-giving, reflection and thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its data collection.

    Rush to the stores

    Retail sales by the nation's department stores in December 2006 was $31.4 billion. Sales represented a 44 percent jump from November 2006 (when retail sales, many holiday-related, registered $21.8 billion). No other month-to-month increase in department store sales last year was as large.

  • Blackmon achieved great success in construction business

    Longtime Lancaster home builder, land developer and entrepreneur Richard Blackmon, who died Friday at age 93, achieved great success, but he didn't put on airs of self-importance.

    Blackmon, instead, had an average Joe persona, said state Sen. Greg Gregory, who is also president of Builders Supply in Lancaster.

    Gregory's father, Bubber, and Blackmon were partners in the construction business. Together, they developed the Gregwood subdivision in Lancaster.

  • Carving tips can make meal a big success

    Kraft Foods

    The hardest part of making a turkey dinner isn't the cooking; it's the carving.

    But it doesn't have to be that way.

    If you follow these six helpful hints, you can carve a turkey with the best of them using a knife and carving fork.

    -Let the turkey settle for at least 20 minutes after it has finished cooking. This allows the juices to settle. If the turkey was stuffed, remove the stuffing and place it in a serving dish.

  • Take time to be grateful Thursday

    When we reflect on Thanksgiving, we often have images of the grateful Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians sharing a bountiful feast on a fall New England day.

    Gently falling leaves under a blue sky with a cool breeze as the meal unfolds.

    True, the holiday dates back to the time the early settlers sat down with their Native American friends and shared good food and fellowship. That was 1621.

    Still, it wasn’t until 1863 – two years into the Civil War that President Abraham Lincoln appointed a day of thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November.

  • Groundbreaking for IL library set

    INDIAN LAND – The groundbreaking for the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land will take place at 3 p.m. Dec. 2.

    The new library, to be built as an anchor to the Carolina Commons shopping center, is scheduled for completion in November 2008.

    Members of the Lancaster County Council and the Lancaster County Library Board of Trustees will be present at the ceremony. Rudy Carter, Council chairman, David McDonald, principal of Indian Land Elementary/Middle School, and Trish Douglas, lifelong resident of Indian Land, will offer short remarks about this event.

  • Mother waits for justice

    Losing a son is tough and Maxine Stradford said it's also tough knowing that the person who's been charged in his death hasn't been tried yet.

    It's been more than a year since Maxine Stradford's son, Elandro, was shot and killed outside the Lancaster Creamery on Memorial Park Road.

    Elandro Stradford was walking along a pathway behind the creamery when he was confronted by Michael Jerome Funderburk on Nov. 11, 2006, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.