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  • 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. 

  • County per-capita income up 6.5%

    Propelled entirely by high-dollar Indian Land jobs, Lancaster County’s per-capita income jumped 6.5 percent in the past year, continuing the eye-popping growth that has totaled 79 percent since 2011. 

    But that indicator of prosperity actually creates an economic-development obstacle in lower-wage parts of the county such as Kershaw and Heath Springs, officials say.

  • Clemson claws to top in school food drives

    Bekah Clawson and Jan Blainey might be the only two people in Lancaster without a favorite team Saturday when Clemson and USC square off for annual bragging rights in the Palmetto Bowl.
    Both of them are already on the winning side, thanks to football-themed food drives that benefited HOPE in Lancaster, as well as the food bank at Indian Land’s Belair United Methodist Church.
    Food collected the past two weeks at Buford Middle and High schools is already on the shelves at HOPE, said Clawson, the nonprofit’s executive director.

  • Kershaw Christmas parade this Sunday

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw will kick off the 2017 yuletide season at 3 p.m. Sunday with its annual Christmas parade, which this year includes more than 100 entries.
    “The Christmas season is upon us, and the annual parade is something the entire town enjoys,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “We’d like to encourage everyone to come out and join us for some holiday fun.”
    The year’s theme is “A Child is Born.” The parade will be broadcast live on LearnTV’s YouTube channel.

  • Sheriff: IL budget estimate way off

    Law enforcement for an incorporated Indian Land would likely cost more than double the $1.2 million budgeted by town organizers in their proposal to the state – and up to three times that amount within several years.
    That was the blunt assessment that Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile delivered Nov. 16 during a presentation to the Indian Land Action Council.

  • Kids’ turkey tricks

    Turkey recipes vary this Thanksgiving – at least among Erwin Elementary students.
    Most of their recipes call for an hour of cooking, but others have a few unheard-of touches.
    The first step for Kyra Smith, 10, is thawing the turkey.
    “Hit it with a hammer a few times,” Kyra said. “It gets the ice off pretty well.”
    Seasoning and stuffing is next after the turkey is completely thawed out.
    Will Stokes, 10, said when stuffing the turkey, there are all types of possibilities.

  • 4 VFDs respond to Riverside Road house fire

    Four volunteer fire departments responded to a house fire early Saturday at 2037 Riverside Road in Lancaster County.
    Firefighters from Gooches, Shiloh Zion, Riverside and Charlotte Road/Van Wyck fire departments were called to the blaze at 3:27 a.m. and were on scene until 7:16 a.m.
    The fire is still under investigation, with no cause determined yet, said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.

  • Don’t pull your back lifting today’s paper!

    This is not your everyday Lancaster News. It’s the Thanksgiving paper, which means enough advertising content to wallpaper your house three times.
    In our business, we joke that this one is “a real dog-killer,” harkening back to when kids on bikes threw newspapers onto front porches. This was the day for porch pooches to stand clear when the massive missive arrived.