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  • Christmas Basket party helps 271 people

    The Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund party drew 271 special guests Dec. 12 at First Baptist Church.  
    “More than 200 children and their families and caregivers were treated to a hot breakfast, a gift or two and a stocking,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster.

  • Lancaster, nearby counties send 21,100 shoebox gifts through Operation Christmas Child

    Nearly 21,100 children will soon experience the joy of Christmas, thanks to the combined efforts of the Lancaster community and residents from surrounding counties.
    Residents packed empty shoeboxes with small items like toys, school supplies and hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that sends gifts to children living in difficult situations around the world.

  • Woman charged in 8 car break-ins

    Late at night in the parking lot at Lancaster’s Walmart, police were filling out a report on a car break-in when a woman walked up and told them her vehicle also had been broken into. The officers filed a second report.
    Now that woman, Ashley Gordon, 28, of 2009 Miller Ridge Lane, has been charged in the initial break-in and seven other vehicle break-ins on the same night at Dalton Ridge Apartments.
    The Walmart incident happened about 11 p.m. Dec. 9, after a shopper reported a car had been broken into.

  • Heath Springs to spend more on leaf pickup, but cost still in budget

    HEATH SPRINGS – An unexpected $6,780 bill recently submitted for leaf and limb pick-up in Heath Springs can be paid in full without exceeding the town’s landscaping budget.
    Darren Sowell, owner of Sowell’s Lawn Care, submitted the bill earlier this month, and Heath Springs Town Council voted to pay the invoice at its Dec. 15 meeting.
    Sowell has a $54,298 annual contract for the town’s landscaping services.

  • Centralized rec facility top priority, study says

    Picture a complex spanning 100 acres off U.S. 521 just north of Lancaster, with fields for baseball, football, soccer and lacrosse, along with walking and biking trails, a gym for indoor sports, picnic pavilions and a venue for outdoor concerts.
    That big idea emerged this week as the top priority in a recreational needs study conducted for the county by Clemson University’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.

  • Candlelight vigil highlights local murder victims

    Nearly four dozen candles cast their flickering glow over solemn faces in the darkness outside Lancaster City Hall Dec. 17, a sobering testimony to the toll violence has taken on the lives of county residents in recent years.
    Holding the candles were friends and family of the dead, concerned strangers and public officials gathered for the annual Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) candlelight vigil.

  • Surprise! Evan Harris meets Panthers quarterback Cam Newtom

    Back in April, 8-year-old Evan Harris was having a tough go at life. The energetic, active boy went home sick from school one day and spent most of the next two months in an induced coma.
    Evan was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that caused a potentially lethal elevated ammonia level in his bloodstream.
    But how things have improved since then.
    Not only is Evan recovering, but his long stay at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte earned him a trip to the Carolina Panthers game last weekend, with a big surprise at the end.

  • Behind the scenes: Recognizing county’s document keepers

    What started out as a gesture by Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond to honor his mentor and predecessor, Vernon McManus, has led to a new window into Lancaster’s past.  
    There is now a history of those who are charged with keeping the county’s official documents.

  • Making Christmas bright for others

    Though stacks of food boxes have been packed for those in need, HOPE in Lancaster is still more than $2,000 short of its $10,000 goal.
    HOPE executive director Bekah Clawson said Dec. 11 collections through the annual Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket fund have totaled $7,731. The money is used to provide Christmas food baskets to some of the county’s neediest families, with the annual fundraiser organized by HOPE.

  • IRS scam continues to target residents

    An IRS phone scam threatening targets with arrest for outstanding taxes is making the rounds in Lancaster County again.
    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports and phone calls to The Lancaster News, at least six area residents have received phone calls in recent weeks from people pretending to be IRS agents.
    Though the narrative sometimes varies, the IRS scams revolve around con artists who tell their targets they owe the IRS money and will be arrested by local law enforcement agencies if they don’t pay.