• Transportation issue keeps Mackey’s bikes close to home

    Gonzie’s Miracle Bikes for Kids will go only to local kids again this year, after transportation issues scrapped plans to send a large load of bikes to Texas hurricane victims.
    City council member Gonzie Mackey could not find anyone to transport the bikes to Texas in the last few weeks, so the charity’s effort will stay close to home.
    “We’re just going to focus on the local kids in this community,” Mackey said.

  • Tributes for Heath Springs' Mayor Taylor, who runs last meeting at 91

    HEATH SPRINGS – Mayor Ann Taylor banged the gavel for the last time Tuesday, presiding over her final town council meeting after doing so for a quarter century.
    It was a bittersweet occasion for Taylor, 91, and she had to sit through tributes from citizens and her council colleagues.
    Town resident William Murphy thanked Taylor, saying she  “stayed the course” through good and bad times.

  • Local man shot dead, suspect gives up

    A Lancaster man was charged with murder Friday in the overnight shooting of man in a residential area off Chesterfield Avenue.
    Dequavis Laquail Blackmon, 28, turned himself in Friday and was charged with killing 34-year-old Antwan Deshawn James of Lancaster. Blackmon was also charged with possession of a firearm during a violent crime.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 1133 Faile St., just outside the Lancaster city limits, about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • Fire destroys Brooklyn Avenue home

    Fire destroyed a Brooklyn Avenue home on Friday morning. Firefighters from multiple county fire departments were called to the scene about 10:49 a.m. No one was there at the time and the home was a total loss. For more, see the Sunday, Dec. 24 edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Village full of memories

    Christmas is Nancy Glenn Johnson’s favorite time of year.
    “It’s about Jesus Christ, our families and friends, and spending time with each of them,” she said.
    Those priorities have deeper meaning for the mother and grandmother this holiday season as she battles pancreatic cancer.
    And so has “Johnsonville,” which is what she calls the 3,000-plus-piece Christmas village that takes up almost half the dining room in her and husband Joe’s home on Dahlia Road.

  • Volunteers stage huge free lunch

    Wednesday’s relentless downpour did not keep volunteers at the Feed the Community Lunch from firing up their huge grills and getting to work.
    The smell of over 1,200 freshly charred hamburgers and hotdogs wafted through the air under the barn-like shelter in the parking lot of the old Ace hardware store on South Market Street.
    “This is just something we do, that we are passionate about,” said Charlie Simpson, pastor at Hyde Park Baptist Church. “We’ve been doing this for five years, and all we do is the beans.”

  • Fred Mullis, famed auctioneer, dies at 94

    In 1929, 6-year-old Fred Mullis attended his first auction with his dad, Sampson Mullis.
    The derby hat, string bowtie and vest he saw an auctioneer wearing that day made such an impression that it would shape his life, family and vocation. He was sold on the spot, said younger brother Sherrill Mullis.
    A member of the National Auctioneer Hall of Fame, Fred Mullis – showman, salesman and master of the “cattle-rattle” auction chant – died Tuesday in Gaffney. He was 94.  
    “He just loved it,” Sherrill Mullis said.

  • Wall-to-wall WOW!

    Christmas displays were muted along Lancaster’s East Arch Street when Hayes and April Young moved there five years ago.
    Goodness, have they made up for that!
    Treat yourself and drive by their home, just west of the intersection with S.C. 9 bypass. The house and yard are covered with lights of every color and flashing sequence, plus Santas, snowmen, candy canes, trains, penguins, snowflakes and candlesticks.

  • 3 caught with military weapons

    Three Lancaster residents have been charged with federal weapons violations after being caught with machine guns, a grenade launcher and other weapons stolen from the Lancaster National Guard Armory.
    The federal criminal complaint said the armory was found unsecured the night of the arrests and that National Guard personnel did not know about the burglary. The stolen equipment was returned, though officials reported two days later that three machine guns remained unaccounted for.

  • Aiken County publisher buys Kershaw News-Era