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  • 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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  • S.C. DMV unveils new REAL ID

    The S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles has released examples of the new REAL ID driver’s licenses coming in 2018.

    Drivers looking to travel through airports or get into federally regulated buildings or military bases will need this driver’s license – or another federally approved ID such as a U.S. passport or military identification – to gain that access.

    The federal REAL ID Act of 2005 set the security standards for certain types of identification. The new S.C. licenses comply with this act. 

  • Heath Springs votes to change majority elections to plurality

    HEATH SPRINGS – To avoid the cost of runoff elections, the county’s smallest town is moving toward holding majority elections rather than the current plurality-based system.

    Town council voted unanimously Tuesday night to make the switch. Council will consider the final reading of the plurality-voting ordinance at its December meeting. 

  • Christmas basket fund sets target at $10,000

    HOPE in Lancaster is kicking off its annual Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket Fund today and will collect items and monetary donations through December.

    Former American Legion Post 31 Commander Ward Faulkenberry Sr. founded the Christmas basket drive in 1959. HOPE began leading the fundraiser in 2008, after the Red Cross chapter that was heading it moved out of Lancaster County.

  • New IL postal site just west of Lowes

    The U.S. Postal Service, which ditched its first idea for locating the new Indian Land post office after an outcry from nearby residents, is rolling out another suggestion.

    The new site is near the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160 on a parcel immediately west of Lowes Home Improvement, said USPS real estate specialist Kurtis Bullard.

    “We want to let everybody know we’ve listened to their concerns,” Bullard said. “I think this location is going to be much better.”

  • Aaaaaand, they're off!

    Tammy and Mitch Boone were inside Home Depot on S.C. 9 Bypass by 6:15 a.m. on Black Friday – their usual first stop on the biggest shopping day of the year. 

    They dodged the shoppers perusing all sorts of DIY-related savings and headed straight for the poinsettias. 

    “There was a line, but we didn’t have to wait long,” said Tammy Boone, looking over a rack of apparel at Tractor Supply later in the morning.