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Van Wyck loses a great voice

By Jane Alford

Van Wyck – Wilkie Manuel Witherspoon died the same way he lived – peacefully.
A man known by his friends and family as a peacemaker, Witherspoon, 74, went to bed on Oct. 29, and just didn’t wake up, said his daughter, Daphne McCullough.
“He just peacefully went,” McCullough said.
But that’s the way he would have wanted it, said Joseph Potts, who had been Witherspoon’s friend for more than 50 years.


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Parade, program honor those who served country

A salute to veterans

By Jesef Williams

A somber but poignant drum cadence resonated to recognize military prisoners of war and missing personnel, also known as POWs and MIAs.  
Lonnie Catoe, a POW who served in World War II, bore a black flag that read, “You are not forgtten.” The audience watched silently as six other flags were displayed – each one representing a branch of military service.
Silent moments like this and loud cheers of appreciation characterized the scene at the annual Lancaster County Veterans Day program, held Saturday morning at the American Legion Building.


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One suspect arrested Saturday

Rash of burglaries reported recently

By Chris Sardelli

Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said his office has identified suspects they believe are responsible for a recent rash of burglaries.
Between Oct. 29 and Oct. 31, sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of seven different burglaries or larcenies.
Faile said one suspect was arrested Saturday. He wouldn’t release the name, as deputies are looking to arrest at least one more person, he said.
The burglaries remain under investigation.


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Jacky Bayne to speak at IL church

Twice-dead veteran to share experiences

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INDIAN LAND – Indian Land’s own Jacky Bayne will share how God has worked in his life, bringing him back from the dead, not just once, but twice.
Bayne was declared dead twice during his tour of duty in Vietnam in the 1960s, and although he lost his right leg and is paralyzed on his left side, he’s very much alive today, and happily married.
He and his wife, Patsy, travel all over the area, sharing his story at churches and schools.


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Group seeks match from community

Habitat may get $10,000 from anonymous donor

By Jesef Williams

Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County may soon receive a sizable contribution, but needs the community’s help for it to materialize.
A Lancaster resident has promised to donate $10,000 to the organization, just as long as the group is able to raise the same amount through donations. The donor wishes to remain anonymous.
“We know the individual,” said Virginia Biggerstaff, who serves on the board for the local Habitat. “I have been assured that he plans to follow through. He’s assured us he has the money.”


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Benefits planned to raise money for woman who needs transplants

By Sherry Archie

Families often pull together in times of need. Sometimes they need a little help from others. The Soliman family does right now.  
Marlene Soliman is now in Pittsburgh awaiting a double lung and liver transplant.
Her brothers, Hector Soliman of Lancaster and Miguel Soliman of Miami, along with their families, are trying to help raise $40,000 to cover the costs. So far, the family has raised around $1,300.


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Ministry seeks to light the fire among Christian leaders

By Nita Brown

Christian leaders often experience burn-out and discouragement. Many, especially small congregations and ministries with little material or emotional support, give up and fall by the wayside. Communities suffer as a result.
But Pastor Marvin Tennant and his church, Christian Assembly Worship Center on S.C. 9 Bypass East, are on a mission – as Scripture says, to “lift up the hands which hang down.”


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Andrew Jackson band finishes in 13th place

ILHS band 10th in state here

By Jesef Williams

INDIAN LAND – Band director Mathew Willis said he’s proud of how well the Indian Land High School marching band performed this season, its first year in Class 2A.
Indian Land finished 10th Saturday at the 2A state finals at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.
Pendleton High School of Anderson County captured the championship.
Thirteen bands competed in the Class 2A state finals Saturday – seven from Lower State and six from Upper State.


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Veterans Day parade will be Saturday

By Jesef Williams

Get out your red, white and blue to cheer your local veterans this weekend.
The county’s annual Veterans Day parade is Saturday in downtown Lancaster.
More than 70 parade entries have signed up participate.
“What we have now is absolutely wonderful,” county  Veterans Affairs Officer Robin Helms said about the number of entries. “This is right on target.”
Lineup for the parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Humana (Kanawha) parking lot on White Street.


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Ladies Night Out set for Thursday

By Sherry Archie

Ladie’s fashion, shopping, food, and prizes. Can it get any better than that?
The first annual Ladies Night Out promises an evening filled with all this and more while supporting the Lancaster County Council of the Arts.   
On Thursday, the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster will be filled with local and regional retailers presenting the latest fashion designs for women ages 20 and up.  
Local models will wear casual, business and formal attire accessorized from head to toe.


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