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  • Our View: Fall into Fun at fall festival

    It’s almost show time for the sixth annual Fall into Fun festival in Indian Land.
    Saturday’s festival at Indian Land Middle School promises to be a lot of fun for everyone from toddlers to teens and older folks, all for a good cause.
    This year’s event will raise funds for the Indian Land Rotary Club’s projects, such as Del Webb Library programs, school media center materials, dictionaries for IL third-graders, scholarships for local students and more. You can do your part by coming to the festival.  

  • Our View: Lt. Brown deserves state honor

    One of Lancaster County’s finest is now one of the state’s best.
    Lt. Eric Brown of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department was recently honored as the Deputy of the Year by the Sheriff’s Association.
    Earlier this year, Brown, 33, was nominated during a management staff meeting at the office.

  • Our View: 10 years later: Don’t forget the lessons of 9/11

    Ten years and the images are still as vivid as if it was only 10 minutes ago. The horrific sight of smoke billowing from the World Trade Center after terrorist-piloted suicide planes slammed into the building. Then there was the damage at the seemingly impregnable Pentagon and the plane crash in the Pennsylvania field, which, if not for some civilian heroes, might have struck the U.S. Capitol and killed key national leaders.

  • Our View: Don’t forget about residents of Edenmoor

    The troubled Edenmoor development in Indian Land has been in the news regularly for the last few months. Many of the stories have been long and complicated because the issues surrounding the stalled development are complex, involving the county’s Forfeited Land Commission, developers, financiers, tax and bond sales and pending contracts. Much of what has taken place has been behind closed doors, making it more difficult to make sense of what’s going on.

  • Our View: Start school year off right

    The last couple of weeks have been really busy for teachers, students and their families as they scrambled to prepare for the school bells that rang Monday morning.
    Many students and their parents took advantage of the recent sales-tax-free weekend to buy school supplies and clothes. And teachers have been busy preparing their classrooms for the return of students.

  • Our View: Faris left her mark on ILHS

    The start of the 2011-12 school term will feature a familiar face in a new role in the principal’s office at Indian Land High School. David Shamble, an assistant principal there since 2007, is replacing Kathy Faris.
    Faris, the ILHS principal for the last five years, resigned her post in mid-July.
    Shamble, who considers Faris his mentor,  will no doubt continue many of the initiatives she started. But he will also have his own  agenda for the Class AA high school.

  • Our View: Don’t play shell game with budget

    Tax hikes and fee increases have been in the news a lot lately, as they always are this time of year.
    Lancaster County School District recently approved a 5-mill tax increase, which will cost the average Lancaster County homeowner about $20 more this year. Lancaster County Water and Sewer District increased its rates by 2 percent earlier this summer.  

  • Our View: Help HOPE so it can help others

    HOPE needs your help.
    Helping Other People Effectively (HOPE) in Lancaster aids the community through its roster of caring volunteers.
    HOPE in Lancaster Inc. is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides short-term emergency assistance to those in crisis.
    But now, HOPE has a crisis of its own. During the summer months, its volunteer help tends to drop a bit with helpers taking vacation.
    At the same time, those in need, no matter the situation, need assistance. The clients can’t wait as their plight never takes time off.

  • Our View: Arts Council says hello and goodbye

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts has seen a lot of changes lately.
    Last month, executive director Sam Courtney, who led the council for the past six years, announced that he was resigning. This month, Debbie Jaillette stepped into the executive director’s role.
    The Arts Council, located in the old Springs House on Gay Street, promotes the arts in Lancaster County by providing educational opportunities for students and various programming for the general public, among other services.

  • Our View: Don’t let heat ruin your summer

    We really don’t need the temperature, heat index and ozone forecast to tell us it’s hot. All we have to do is step outside and get slapped with the heat and humidity.
    Weather forecasters could just hit rewind each morning for the next couple of months. But that is to be expected because it is summer – the time of the year that allows us to do so much of what we love to do outdoors – play ball, swim, camp, cook out and more.