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Part of White House tree to be cut down this week

Jackson’s magnolia tree lives on at AJ state park

By Mark Manicone

A section of the historic Jackson magnolia tree in the South Portico of the White House will be cut down later this week.
The almost 200-year-old magnolia tree was brought from Tennessee to Washington, and planted at the White House by seventh President Andrew Jackson to commemorate his wife, Rachel. She died shortly after he was elected, and the magnolia was her favorite tree. 
Lancaster has its very own magnolia tree at Andrew Jackson State Park, which was grown from the seeds of that White House tree.


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Andrew Jackson State Park to host First Day Hike

S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism

COLUMBIA – Most state parks in South Carolina will offer ranger-guided hikes, walks and special events Monday, Jan. 1, to get the new year started on the right foot.
The First Day Hikes are mostly 1- to 3-mile easy walks along beaches, marshes and lakes, in forests or on historic trails, to help visitors learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of South Carolina and to get in some holiday exercise.


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Volunteers & Helping Hands collect gifts for kids in need

Sun City club gives Santa a helping hand

Beverly Lane Lorenz
For The Lancaster News

Santa Claus had a huge request list to fill this year, with many letters coming from Lancaster County. To keep ahead of the demand, elves in Sun City Carolina Lakes set to work before the end of November to help out the jolly old elf.
The Thanksgiving food drive had barely wrapped up when the SCCL Volunteers & Helping Hands Club set up the annual Angel Tree the following day. 


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Horse killed in traffic accident on Grace Avenue

By Mark Manicone

A horse was killed Dec. 26 when it ran across Grace Avenue in Lancaster County and was hit by an oncoming vehicle.
The accident occurred at 8:57 a.m., about half a mile west of the city of Lancaster.
Jason Harris, 40, was driving his 2000 Toyota pickup east on Grace Avenue when the horse ran out in front of him.
Harris, who was wearing his seat belt, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Springs Memorial Hospital.
The horse’s owner was unknown and no charges had been filed in the incident by press time Thursday.


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Crockett’s party to benefit kids in hospital

1 gift = 1 New Year’s gala ticket

By Hannah Strong

ATLANTA – Lancaster native Ja’Von Crockett is giving back to children in Atlanta hospitals who suffer from leukemia by throwing a New Year’s Eve gala that only costs one wrapped gift per guest.
Crockett, a celebrity cosmetologist and barber who has lived in Atlanta the last 17 years, is hosting the Crème de la Crème All White Affair at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Atlanta Ritz Carlton.
“I decided to donate my time so these kids can smile,” Crockett said. “Whatever it takes, I’m willing to do it.”


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Wintry weather later this week?

By Mark Manicone

Some areas of Lancaster County could see a wintry mix of precipitation Thursday night into early Friday morning.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a 20 percent chance of ice pellets and freezing rain moving in Thursday night. Models have the precipitation currently staying well east of Lancaster, and the Charlotte metropolitan area.
If any ice pellets or freezing rain were to fall here, it would happen late Thursday night into early Friday morning (about 2 or 4 a.m.), with freezing ran lasting only around an hour.


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SCDNR offers lifetime hunting licenses for successful kills

Contest to cut coyote population

By Mark Manicone

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources, for the second year, is releasing 16 tagged coyotes into each of the state’s four game zones as part of its coyote-harvest incentive program.
Anyone who kills one of the tagged coyotes will receive a lifetime hunting license in the state. Hunters must retain the carcass and contact S.C. DNR to claim the reward. Whoever wins a license may keep it or designate someone else to receive it.


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Brass ensemble rings out the old, rings in the new

By Nita Brown

Lancaster can get an early start on “Ringing out the Old and Ringing in the New” this New Year’s Eve.
The Tom Burge Brass Ensemble will perform a variety of classical and contemporary music in a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Cultural Arts Center in the historic Old Presbyterian Church building at 307 W. Gay St., Lancaster.
Burge, a trombonist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and low brass instructor at Wingate University believes the program will appeal to people of all ages and musical tastes.


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Projects benefit IL, VW children

Making Christmas merry for Panhandle kids

By Reece Murphy

Santa came early for less fortunate families in the Lancaster County Panhandle, thanks to long-running Christmas projects in Indian Land and Van Wyck, supported by local churches, businesses and individuals.


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Crenco triples its annual fundraising for St. Jude

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