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  • Someone tampers with fire hydrants

    Water gushed onto several county roads early Tuesday morning after someone opened the valves on at least five fire hydrants.
    Deputies responded to the Foxbrook Circle area at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday because of a report of water leaking into the roadway.
    A nearby resident told the deputy she had seen a man next to the hydrant with a wrench in his hand.  After seeing her, the man got into a dark colored car, which had four fog lamps on its roof, and left the scene.

  • Miles home after surgery

    Jody Miles set another milestone after transplant surgery and returned home to Lancaster on Tuesday.
    Needless to say, Miles was excited, as was her family and many tracking her progress via Facebook. The return home gives Miles a little time to get ready for the family’s Christmas celebration.
    “I haven’t done any Christmas shopping,” she said.
    But not much is needed, since her family agreed not to give gifts to the adults this year.
    “Just having the time together is all the gift we need,” Miles said.

  • Catawba pottery in the spotlight

    South Carolina is home to many wonderful cultural traditions, though you’d be hard pressed to find one as long-lived as the pottery tradition of the Catawba Indian Nation.
    For thousands of years, the Catawba, or Iswa as they call themselves, have lived along the basin of the river that bears their name today.
    Generation after generation, the Catawba have passed down their pottery-making skills, adhering to strict rules concerning materials and techniques, but allowing artisans the leeway to change with the times and needs of the market.

  • Two Andrew Jackson High students die in wreck

    KERSHAW – Justin Brewer and Derrick Peach always had smiles on their faces.
    That’s how Alex Dabney, assistant principal at Andrew Jackson High School, remembers the two juniors, who both died after a car accident Monday afternoon less than two miles from the school.
    “I knew them very well. If you go back and remember them in school, those young men seemed to have a good day every day. They were fun-loving kids,” Dabney said. “There was always a smile on their face and a zeal for life.”

  • A tribute to one of their own

    By Reece Murphy

  • Christmas Basket off to good start

    More than $3,000 has already been donated to this year’s Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund.
    The fund, sponsored by HOPE in Lancaster, collects donations that are used to by food vouchers for less fortunate families in Lancaster County.
    Recipients can use those vouches at local grocery stores.
    Through Friday, $3,352 has been donated to the fund, said HOPE Director Elaine Adkins.
    Vouchers will be given based on the number of people in each household. However, each eligible household will receive at least one $25 food voucher.

  • LAPS, city police dept. to hold toy giveaway

    Children can come get free gifts while the adults learn more about deterring crime in their city.
    That’s the plan for an upcoming toy giveaway sponsored by crime-prevention group Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) and the Lancaster Police Department.
    The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at several parks throughout the city.
    Organizers will be at each park for an hour. Following are the locations and the times.
    • 11 a.m. – Pardue Street Park, 101A Pardue Circle

  • New pantry helps hungry in Indian Land

    By Reece Murphy

    INDIAN LAND – In these days of economic uncertainty and a 14.2 percent local unemployment rate, it’s no secret there are a lot of people struggling to make ends meet in Lancaster County.
    And like the county, so it goes in Indian Land.
    Until recently, if you lived in the growing Panhandle community and happened to be among those struggling to put food on the table, you had few choices since the closest food pantries were in Lancaster and Fort Mill.

  • Chamber seeks nominations for two awards


    At the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on Jan. 27, two special honors will be announced. County residents are invited to submit nominations for these community awards.
    Volunteer of  the Year
    Nominations for the Lancaster County Volunteer of the Year award are now being accepted.
    Residents, businesses and volunteer organizations are invited to place a name in nomination for this award.  

  • Former police officer files suit

    A former sergeant with the Lancaster Police Department is suing the department and two of its members for money he said he’s owed after being fired earlier this year.
    Pat Parsons, 50, a sergeant who had worked for the department for 11 years, filed suit Thursday in federal district court. He is represented by Columbia-based law firm Gaffney Lewis & Edwards.