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  • Christmas drives face great needs in 2010

    American essayist Hamilton Wright Mabie once said of Christmas, “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”
    With the Christmas season upon us, there are several such conspiracies afoot in Lancaster County, all of them aimed at bringing joy to struggling families.
    And this year, there’s a lot of people struggling, organizers say – more than any time in their recent memory.

  • Fire destroys body shop, cabinet shop

    Eric Montgomery spent most of Tuesday cleaning up the remnants of a building he owned on Great Falls Highway.
    Sifting through the rubble, Montgomery stopped to pick out shards of window glass and pieces of steel from the frame. He said the auto body shop building at 1981 Great Falls Highway was a complete loss after a fire burned it down on Monday. He had rented it to two tenants.
    “Shoot, it’s flat on the ground,” Montgomery said. “We’re just out here today (Tuesday) cleaning it all up.”

  • Five men sought in two robberies

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for five men in two armed robberies that occurred during the last week.
    The first robbery occurred Dec. 1 at the Stop-N-Shop at 2147 McIlwain Road.
    At about 9:40 p.m. that day, three men armed with handguns entered the store and demanded cash from employees, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Woman’s condition critical

    One woman involved in the two-vehicle accident on North Park Drive last week is back home while the other woman remains hospitalized.
    Lancaster residents Amber McManus and Jesse Reynolds were riding in a Nissan SUV that was struck by a tractor-trailer truck Dec. 1 at the Lancaster city limits, just off Monroe Highway (S.C. 200).
    The women, both 18, were flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for their injuries.
    A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon that McManus remains in critical condition. Reynolds was released Friday.

  • Love a parade? Then Saturday is the day for you

    By Reece Murphy
    The Christmas season will come marching into Lancaster County on Saturday, with parades scheduled for Van Wyck, Kershaw and Lancaster.
    Van Wyck kicks off its Christmas celebrations first with a parade at noon, with Santa and Mrs. Clause at the helm.
    This year’s parade begins at the post office at Old Hickory and Steele Hill roads. The parade will travel down Steele Hill Road to Van Wyck Road, to Rebound Road, to Old Hickory Road and end at the Van Wyck Community Center.

  • USCL new building not affected by moratorium

    A recently adopted state policy on college funding will not affect plans for a new classroom building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
    Earlier this fall, the state’s Budget and Control Board, which includes Gov. Mark Sanford, imposed a moratorium on new building construction on state college campuses if a college increased tuition by a certain amount for 2010-11.
    Four-year colleges could not raise tuition by more than 7 percent and regional colleges, such as USCL, could not go up by more than 6.3 percent.

  • ILHS hosts Arbor Day celebration

    INDIAN LAND – When spring arrives, buds will begin to form on the branches and not long afterward, bright-red leaves will dominate the landscape at Indian Land High School.
    That visual will come courtesy of a red maple tree, which was planted outside the school Friday afternoon. The planting ceremony was part of the annual Arbor Day celebration held by the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Chamber seeking nominees for two honors

    Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce
    Volunteers in Lancaster County have a positive impact on the community.
    In a program begun more than 20 years ago, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to calling attention to all local volunteers by honoring one special volunteer at its annual meeting.
    The two most recent recipients were Polly Jackson, who received the honor earlier this year, and Richard Patterson, who received the honor in 2009.
    The chamber is now taking nominations for 2011 Volunteer of the Year.

  • Council critical of job center

    County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff leaned forward in her seat and raised her voice Tuesday as she searched for answers about the Lancaster OneStop center.
    With her hands in constant motion, McGriff vented some of her frustrations about the local S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce office, specifically about concerns she’s heard from constituents who haven’t been able to get jobs through the center.

  • Women seriously injured in wreck

    JoAnna Croxton is thinking back on good moments she’s shared with Jesse Reynolds.
    They both graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and are still good friends.
    Croxton most recently saw Reynolds and her friend, Amber McManus, last week at Los Mariachis restaurant in Lancaster.
    Now Croxton is wishing the two Lancaster women a speedy recovery.
    McManus and Reynolds were injured in a two-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on North Park Drive in Lancaster.