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  • Our View: Are you ready to vote in primary?

    The June 10 primary is just a few weeks away. Locally, we’ll select a Republican candidate to face the lone Democrat in the 6th Circuit solicitor’s race.
    Statewide, the list of hopefuls for the U.S. Senate race will be narrowed, as will the lieutenant governor, adjutant general, agriculture commissioner and state treasurer. The Democratic and Republican challengers for the superintendent of education in the general election will also be decided in the primary race with the most contenders – eight Republicans and four Democrats.

  • Our View: Have fun but safe July 4th celebration

    Declaring our independence from the mother country England was to be celebrated with devotion to God, pomp, parades, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the United  States to the other – forever more. That was how John Adams said the American colonies were to claim their freedom on July 2, 1776.
    However, the official declaration day wasn’t until two days later, so some historians still debate the official day.

  • Our View: McDonald set bar high at ILMS

    The last few years have been good for Indian Land Middle School. Under the leadership of Principal David McDonald, the school has achieved state and national acclaim for its performance and McDonald himself was recognized in late 2012 as the state’s Middle School Principal of the Year.
    During his tenure, ILMS has consistently improved its performance on standardized tests, earning Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for performance several years in a row.

  • Our View: Honor dad on Father’s Day

    Dads, you can credit Sonora Smart Dodd for that tie you always wanted, the hand-drawn, crayon-colored greeting card and all the attention that will be lavished on you Sunday. Why? Because Dodd was an equal-opportunist daughter.
    While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church in Spokane, Wash., Dodd got to thinking that fathers deserved special recognition, too.

  • Our View: Thanks to Band for outstanding work with library

    Richard Band devoted 35 years to the Lancaster County Library and it’s likely his legacy will be felt for years to come.

    Band, 64, retired May 31 after spending nearly half of his life improving and expanding the Lancaster County Library system.

    Band’s impact is obvious.

  • Our View: Congrats to Class of 2013

    Take a good look at today’s Graduation 2013 special section. It’s full of the graduates from all four county high schools, including Indian Land.
    In the Indian Land section, you’ll read about Indian Land High School’s top scholars Daniel Crofford and Emily Kreibich, who will address their classmates as valedictorian and salutatorian at Indian Land High’s graduation at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 31.

  • Our View: Kudos to new members of Hall of Fame

    The 2013 Celebration of Excellence, the annual Lancaster County School District’s salute to the best in education and service, included its annual induction of hall of fame members.
    Four deserving individuals, who made an impact in the classroom and beyond, took center stage April 29 at the Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room.
    The latest inductees included Bennett Gunter, C.C. Hanson, Ann Hough and Floyd White.

  • Our View: Walnut Creek Park welcome addition to IL

    After more than four years of waiting, the excitement was palpable as Lancaster County officials cut the ribbon April 24 to officially open Walnut Creek Park.

    The event, originally slated for last October, but delayed due to legal issues, drew local officials and residents, all eager to see the new 60-acre, $7 million county park complex in Indian Land. 

  • Our View: Jacobus shone as a teacher, coach at ILHS

    When the 2012-13 school year ends at Indian Land High School, it will mark the end of an era.
    For the last 20 years, Tamara Jacobus has been teaching and coaching at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.
    But when the ILHS doors close at the end of this school year, Jacobus will be leaving for the final time.

  • Our View: Do something with B-3 zoning this time

    Well, it’s about time Lancaster County Council finally took up the controversial issue of B-3 commercial zoning again.
    Since council lifted the Panhandle’s moratorium on B-3 zoning last June (five days before it was set to expire anyway), the issue had been dead in the water, despite several Panhandle residents’ strident calls to bring it back to council’s attention.