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  • Tributes, tears as city honors Carter

    There were lots of hugs and tributes and a few tears Monday at the Historic Courthouse during a busy three-hour drop-in for retiring Police Chief Harlean Carter.
    A steady crowd of well-wishers flowed in and out, with at least 30 people filling the old courtroom the entire time.
    “It’s been a pleasure to work with the chief over the years,” said Sheriff Barry Faile, one of many officials in the room. “She’s always been a team player and always had the best interests of the citizens in mind. She will be missed.”

  • Warming center needs volunteers

    A winter warming center will open in Lancaster Jan. 2 and offer the area’s homeless a warm, dry place to thaw out, enjoy a hot meal, take a warm bath and wash their clothes.
    The Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless is renting a two-bedroom, one-bath house at 1242 Trestle Lane. The home will remain open until March 1, but that may be extended if cold weather lingers.
    “It’s been difficult to find a location,” said Melanie Outlaw, United Way director and coalition chair.

  • Mulvaney mum on meeting with Trump

    Rep. Mick Mulvaney met with Donald Trump on Monday in New York, and several national news outlets described him as a serious contender for  director of the Office of Management and Budget.

    Mulvaney, the 5th District Republican from Indian Land, declined comment on the substance of the meeting Monday, and neither he nor Chief of Staff Al Simpson of Lancaster responded to requests for comment Tuesday.

  • S.C. Christmas tree farmers have good '16 despite weather

    Jim Melvin
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Despite being too dry, too wet or damaged by winds, S.C. Christmas tree farms have weathered the storm and are experiencing another strong year in 2016.
    Though some trees have been stressed by severe drought in most areas of the state – or by standing water and wind damage along the coast – there are still more than enough healthy trees to go around for anyone looking to jump-start their Christmas spirit.

  • Duke Energy Foundation gives firefighters $100K

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  • Planting a red maple to honor 1st responders

    More than 50 city and county officials and employees stood in a chilly circle Friday morning while the Lancaster Garden Club planted a red maple tree in honor of first responders.
    The ladies of the garden club chose to celebrate Arbor Day by planting the tree at the Public Safety Communications Center on Pageland Highway. Over 200,000 calls each year for law enforcement, EMS and firefighters are handled here.

  • Christmas Basket has raised $1,705 toward $10K goal

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket has received more than a dozen donations so far totaling $1,705, with a goal of $10,000 this year.
    “By this time we were hoping to have received more donations,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster. “We are just hoping that the community will step up, because these people are in need.”
    The money raised is used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.

  • Drug, gun plea nets a decade in prison

    A Lancaster man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and weapons charges.
    Lepoleon Hall, 37, was one of three defendants sentenced this week in Lancaster County’s General Sessions Court, according to Sixth Judicial Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman’s office.
    Hall, formerly of the 2300 block of Douglas Heights, pleaded guilty Monday to one count each of trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol.

  • James Brooks resigns from school board

    James M. Brooks resigned from the Lancaster County school board Friday afternoon, effective immediately, a week after he was charged with methamphetamine trafficking.
    “It is with regret that I tender my resignation," Brooks said in a letter to school board Chairman Bobby Parker. "Due to the negative publicity of the allegations against me, it is in the best interest of the students of Lancaster County and my fellow board members for me to step down.

  • Crenco customers donate $3,470 to St. Jude’s

    Customers of the Lancaster-based Crenco stores donated $3,470 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during a six-week Halloween fundraising drive in the company’s five stores. 

    Customers donated the money when paying for their purchases at the Crenco stores. In return for each gift, store employees wrote the customer’s name on a pumpkin-shaped card to hang in the store’s window.