• 1 gift = 1 New Year’s gala ticket

    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.”

  • Psychologist finds quiet in Heath Springs, writes novel about his life

    Many people come to Lancaster County these days for high-end jobs and a busy suburban lifestyle.
    Dr. Charles Kaska, 74, moved here for peace and quiet.
    He and his artist wife, Patricia Gambino, plopped down in Heath Springs five years ago after leaving the Philadelphia suburbs.
    He retired after an intense four decades working as a forensic psychologist – interviewing criminal suspects to determine their level of sanity, providing expert testimony in court, and profiling criminals to determine motives and patterns.

  • Wintry weather later this week?

    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.

  • Contest to cut coyote population

    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.

  • Brass ensemble rings out the old, rings in the new

    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.

  • Making Christmas merry for Panhandle kids

    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.

    Indian Land
    Now in its 25th year, Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments’ joined forces Saturday, Dec. 23, to deliver Christmas joy, with Santa riding shotgun in a gleaming red firetruck.

  • Crenco triples its annual fundraising for St. Jude

    From release

    Crenco Food Stores raised $10,899 during an October fundraising drive for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, more than three times the amount it collected last year.
    Lancaster-based Crenco exceeded its $6,000 goal for this year’s drive, during which customers at the company’s five convenience stores added contributions while paying for their purchases.

  • Clairemont dresses up for the holidays

    Paul Slazas
    Special to The Lancaster News

    The holiday spirit was evident in Indian Land’s Clairemont neighborhood, with many homes participating in the community’s fifth annual Holiday House Decorating Contest. The neighborhood has a festive Christmas atmosphere with trees and windows decorated with colorful lights and inflatable holiday characters filling front lawns.

  • Holiday fires leave 3 families homeless

    Three Lancaster County families were displaced after fires broke out in their homes this week.
    The first fire occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Christmas Day on Tabernacle Road in Buford. Three volunteer fire departments – Buford, Tradesville and Unity – responded, but they called in Camp Creek and Antioch departments for additional water supplies.
    “They were having difficulties because of the wind and manpower,” Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said. The firefighters did not leave the scene until after 6 a.m.

  • ‘Barnes was just someone who did’

    T.T. Barnes was a true legend.
    The no-nonsense black educator and community leader died Friday. Born in Lancaster, Barnes was 92 years old.
    Barnes, who saw the best in all children, had a local reputation for getting opposing parties to talk and iron out their differences, said Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff.
    “Whenever something happened and you needed someone to bring people together, Mr. Barnes was the one who could do it. He will surely be missed,” said McGriff.