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  • Clemson claws to top in school food drives

    Bekah Clawson and Jan Blainey might be the only two people in Lancaster without a favorite team Saturday when Clemson and USC square off for annual bragging rights in the Palmetto Bowl.
    Both of them are already on the winning side, thanks to football-themed food drives that benefited HOPE in Lancaster, as well as the food bank at Indian Land’s Belair United Methodist Church.
    Food collected the past two weeks at Buford Middle and High schools is already on the shelves at HOPE, said Clawson, the nonprofit’s executive director.

  • Kershaw Christmas parade this Sunday

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw will kick off the 2017 yuletide season at 3 p.m. Sunday with its annual Christmas parade, which this year includes more than 100 entries.
    “The Christmas season is upon us, and the annual parade is something the entire town enjoys,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We’d like to encourage everyone to come out and join us for some holiday fun.”
    The year’s theme is “A Child is Born.” The parade will be broadcast live on LearnTV’s YouTube channel.

  • Sheriff: IL budget estimate way off

    Law enforcement for an incorporated Indian Land would likely cost more than double the $1.2 million budgeted by town organizers in their proposal to the state – and up to three times that amount within several years.
    That was the blunt assessment that Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile delivered Nov. 16 during a presentation to the Indian Land Action Council.

  • Kids’ turkey tricks

    Turkey recipes vary this Thanksgiving – at least among Erwin Elementary students.
    Most of their recipes call for an hour of cooking, but others have a few unheard-of touches.
    The first step for Kyra Smith, 10, is thawing the turkey.
    “Hit it with a hammer a few times,” Kyra said. “It gets the ice off pretty well.”
    Seasoning and stuffing is next after the turkey is completely thawed out.
    Will Stokes, 10, said when stuffing the turkey, there are all types of possibilities.

  • 4 VFDs respond to Riverside Road house fire

    Four volunteer fire departments responded to a house fire early Saturday at 2037 Riverside Road in Lancaster County.
    Firefighters from Gooches, Shiloh Zion, Riverside and Charlotte Road/Van Wyck fire departments were called to the blaze at 3:27 a.m. and were on scene until 7:16 a.m.
    The fire is still under investigation, with no cause determined yet, said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.

  • Don’t pull your back lifting today’s paper!

    This is not your everyday Lancaster News. It’s the Thanksgiving paper, which means enough advertising content to wallpaper your house three times.
    In our business, we joke that this one is “a real dog-killer,” harkening back to when kids on bikes threw newspapers onto front porches. This was the day for porch pooches to stand clear when the massive missive arrived.

  • Crunch time for retailers as shopping blitz nears

    Lancaster County retailers have their Black Friday inventory and are stocking shelves in preparation for the busiest shopping day of the year.
    Hot big-ticket items this year are expected to include televisions, Apple watches, gaming systems and appliances.
    More than 164 million consumers in the United States are expected to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend and cyber Monday, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
    In 2016, individual shoppers spent on average $289.19, the NRF reported.

  • The day I saw Joe Biden

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I decide to wear my scallop-bottom black dress on a Tuesday – a step up from my normal newsroom attire.
    I know I’ll be surrounded by all the big-time reporters shortly.
    But more important – I’ll be in the same room as Vice President Joe Biden in just a few hours.

  • Hepatitis A case at Clinton Elementary

    State health officials are investigating a hepatitis A infection at Clinton Elementary School, according to a letter the Lancaster County School District received Thursday.
    Parents have been notified by letter and through a ConnectEd phone call.
    “Right now this is the only case we are aware of anywhere in the district,” said Graceann Jones, LCSD lead school nurse.
    Jones said there are no cleaning procedures required.

  • Wastewater plant might upgrade to solar power

    The city of Lancaster’s Wastewater Treatment Plant might soon be getting a 21st century electrical upgrade.
    City council members this week unanimously approved studying the possibility of building a one-acre solar array at the plant to help offset its high electricity costs.
    The study will be conducted by W.K Dickson contractors and will cost the city $5,000. Council members Linda Blackmon and Tamara Green-Garris were not present at the Tuesday night meeting.