• 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. 

  • Zechariah a Christmas miracle for his parents

    Foster parents Claude and Jessie Vincent said goodbye to a baby they were fostering who found a permanent home.
    Claude swore they’d take no more babies after he cried for two days.
    But then the phone rang.
    It was their Christmas miracle – Zechariah, who had spent two months in the hospital after being born premature on Dec. 25, 2012.
    “They said he was African-American,” Claude Vincent said. “I said, ‘I don’t care what he is.’
    “We’ve had him ever since.”

  • Church makes new Chrismons for tree

    Frank DeLoache and Robin LaFollette
    Living Saviour Lutheran Church

    The congregation of Living Saviour Lutheran Church celebrated the beginning of Advent 2017 with the revival of a special American tradition that was born 60 years ago, but has faded somewhat in popularity.
    Indian Land artist Robin LaFollette, a member of Living Saviour in south Charlotte, fell in love with the church’s Chrismon tree when her family joined the church a few years ago.

  • Trash becomes holiday tribute

    One man’s trash is another man’s Christmas extravaganza.
    Heath Springs resident Tommy Brooks, who works at the county recycling center in Kershaw, has spent the past couple of months scouring his dumpsters for usable Christmas decorations to light up the center.
    “I wanted to make people feel like it was Christmas,” Brooks said. “Halloween comes and goes and Thanksgiving comes and goes, but I had to do something for Christmas. I just want to make y’all happy.”

  • St. Nicholas visits IL

    Beverly Lengers
    Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

    One of the complaints that Christians often voice at this time of year is that Christmas has become too commercialized and secularized. Far too many people observe Christ Mass without any acknowledgment of Christ at all. It’s all about parties and presents and television specials without any reverence for or meditation on the main focus of Christmas, namely, the incarnation of our Lord. Santa Claus gets more attention than Jesus.

  • $17,500 fundraising challenge match

    J. Marion Sims Foundation has announced another challenge to raise money for community-building efforts after an anonymous donor gave $25,000 in the first 48 hours to meet the last challenge.
    The foundation announced on Nov. 27 plans to donate $50,000 to the Lancaster County Community Foundation (LCCF) and match up to $25,000 more. One family stepped forward with the $25,000.
    Sims and two new partners in the effort – Founders Federal Credit Union and Springs Memorial Hospital – are now extending the dollar-for-dollar match up to $17,500 through March.

  • Christmas Basket still chipping away at $10K goal

    With the holiday upon us, HOPE in Lancaster is two-thirds of the way to its $10,000 goal for this year’s Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket Fund.
    The nonprofit by Friday had raised $6,420 in this year’s fundraising drive.
    HOPE Director Bekah Clawson said HOPE appreciates the donations that have come in so far and will keep pushing to meet the goal. In the past two years, the goal has been met by around the first of the year.

  • Parts of Buford will lose water service Tuesday

    Water service will be interrupted for about five hours this Tuesday in parts of the Buford community, as the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District replaces water-line valves.
    Water will be shut off from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for some customers near the Buford schools, along parts of S.C. 522, Tabernacle Road, Thompson Road, Red Doc Road and Pink Plyler Road.
    “We planned it around the school dismissals because we didn’t want to disrupt the schools,” said
    LCWSD Manager Stephen White.