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  • A new destination for Gonzie’s bikes

    It’s the start of Christmas season, so you know what Gonzie Mackey is doing – packing his little shop on Great Falls Highway with bicycles destined to be presents.
    That’s what Mackey has been doing for the past eight years with his charity – Gonzie’s Miracle Bikes for Kids. Bikes line the floors, walls and ceiling of his workshop, with lots of shiny chrome and glistening new paint jobs.
    But this year is different, because all the bikes he has collected so far are going to Texas hurricane victims.

  • Choo-choo Christmas

    Joe Silien
    For The Lancaster News

    The annual holiday railroad display at Sun City Carolina Lakes is getting a huge makeover this year – a new layout more than twice as big as the one visitors have enjoyed for the past eight years.
    The track gangs have been busy setting up the new railroad in the lobby of The Lake House. Gone is the 8- by 10-foot train board and the tightly packed O-27 gauge track layout. In its place is phase one of a much larger display.

  • Giving Tuesday benefits local Outreach Project

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project participated in the Giving Tuesday campaign for the first time this year, with a goal to raise $5,000 for protective services and children in foster care.
    “This is an opportunity for Lancaster to come together to donate to a cause that’s dear to many people’s hearts,” said Lauren Kornegay, LCOP coordinator. “I am very excited because this is our very first Giving Tuesday campaign, but it won’t be the last.”

  • County: 9 IL subdivisions may have to repair their own streets

    County officials have given the developers of nine Indian Land subdivisions a Dec. 31 deadline to file required letters of credit that would allow the county to take their streets into the county system.
    If they don’t, the subdivisions’ homeowners associations will take on permanent responsibility for all road maintenance.
    “The HOAs are gonna get ’em, which will irritate a lot of homeowners,” said County Attorney John Weaver. “They bought into these subdivisions believing the roads would be taken in the county.”  

  • Clippers go silent after half century on Grace Avenue

    Francis Faile opened his one-chair barbershop on Lancaster’s Grace Avenue in 1967, and he was still cutting hair there up until nine weeks ago.
    A small-business institution in the Erwin Farm community, Faile died Tuesday, two months after what he thought were kidney stones turned out to be inoperable cancer. He was 92.
    “He was content and never lost his great smile,” said his son, Frankie Faile. “Daddy would greet you with a smile and leave you with a smile.”
    Faile said his father never once grumbled about his diagnosis.

  • Christmas classic hits the stage

    The Peanuts gang is getting together for Christmas!
    Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty and all their friends will take the stage for The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County’s performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” this weekend.
    The story has been adapted for the stage by Eric Schaeffer, but is based on the beloved “Peanuts” cartoons by Charles M. Schulz. In the story, Charlie Brown and the whole gang learn the true meaning of Christmas.
    Diana Kiger,13, is performing for her second year in this production.

  • Sims Foundation donates at least $50K to Community Foundation

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation on Monday announced  plans to donate $50,000 to the Lancaster County Community Foundation and match up to $25,000 in additional donations.
    The money will be used in a broad variety of community-building efforts.
    “We applaud the generosity of the J. Marion Sims Foundation,” said Chip Cox, chair of the Lancaster County Community Foundation. “We have been studying the data, looking at indicators of community health, and we believe we can make a bigger impact together.”

  • IL 14-year-old dies after bike hits tree

    A 14-year-old Indian Land resident has died after he was seriously injured when his bicycle hit a tree near the Carolina Thread Trail on Nov. 19.
    Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese identified the victim as Garrett Howison.
    According to Garrett’s obituary, he and his family had moved to Walnut Creek from Xenia, Ohio, in August. His parents are Jason and Angie Howison.

  • Kershaw fire kills elderly woman

    A 83-year-old Kershaw woman died in a fire at her home Monday morning, one of three residential fires across the county in two days.
    The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Bonnie F. Hilton, who lived on West Welsh Street. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning.
    The Kershaw, Flat Creek and Heath Springs volunteer fire departments responded to the home around 9 a.m., along with full-time Lancaster County firefighters, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.

  • Endless holiday festivities

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