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  • Community’s Aunt Jo dies at age 79

    Tending to roses at Lancaster City Hall and providing hot meals for firefighters were just some of the deeds that Joan Hall Williams rendered on a regular basis.
    The Lancaster native was known locally for lending a helping hand and spreading knowledge about Lancaster County’s history. Because of that dedication, many county residents came to know Williams affectionately as “Aunt Jo.”
    Now they are reflecting on what Aunt Jo meant to the community. She died Sunday at the age of 79.
    A history enthusiast

  • 11 schools get same report card rating as in ’09

    Most elementary and middle schools in the Lancaster County School District received the same grade on their state-issued report card in 2010 that they did a year ago.
    The state Department of Education released the 2010 report cards last week.
    Schools and districts are assessed by two ratings on the report cards – absolute and growth.
    Absolute ratings are based on overall student performance on standardized tests. Growth ratings look at individual student test scores from one year to the next and the number of students who have made such gains.

  • Speakers say NAACP still has important mission

    Supporting the NAACP was the main topic at the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP’s 32nd annual Freedom Fund Banquet at Lancaster High School on Saturday night.
    About 200 people attended.
    The Rev. M. Diana Charles, pastor of Rock Hill AME Zion Church in Pageland, was the keynote speaker. She is a retired educator, president of the Cheraw Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and member of the executive board of the S.C. Conference of the NAACP.

  • Report: Assailant shoots at man’s car

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man said he was leaving an acquaintance’s house late Saturday night when his vehicle was shot at.
    The shooting happened shortly before 11:30 p.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The man went to a Sumter Street home to visit someone, and when he came back outside and got into his car, was shot at, the report said.

  • New Hope Brotherhood hands out food

    It was a long but rewarding morning for the men of the New Hope Brotherhood.
    And at 12:30 p.m., when the men’s club at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, completed their mission, Joe King sighed.
    “My legs are about to fall under it,” an exhausted King said.
    It had been a beautiful fall morning at this church located about seven miles south of Lancaster. The weather was perfect – bright Carolina blue skies and mild temperatures – the kind of day many people wish every day would be like.

  • Nearly 40 vases stolen from cemetery

    Alice Robinson’s late husband, Larry, has been buried at Lancaster Memorial Park since 1992.
    In those 18 years, Robinson said she’s never known anybody to steal vases from the cemetery.
    News of the latest thefts has left her upset.
    Robinson is one of more than 30 plot owners to have bronze or copper vases taken from those plots. Between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, 39 vases total were stolen from various plots, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

  • Miles tops list for liver transplant

    You may know that Jody Miles has gone through serious health struggles since she learned she needed a new liver a couple of years ago.
    Now, her hope is rising, as she’s at the top of the transplant list at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
    She’s on call, having been told she could be asked to come to Charleston for the transplant at any time.
    “We just got back home from Charleston Tuesday, after being called as the alternate for a transplant on Monday,” said Helen Warren, Miles’ mother.

  • County moves forward with workforce study

    Can a new study help put county residents back to work?
    County Council hopes a $20,000 workforce study it approved in September will help find new ways to decrease unemployment in the county. Greenville-based marketing research and workforce development agency 10-x presented an outline of the study to several members of County Council during an economic development committee meeting on Monday night.

  • Paid in full – a celebration

    You can enjoy the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department’s tasty barbecue today and Saturday.
    But members of the department, the community helpers who assist with the barbecue and some current and past Lancaster County officials got a taste of it at a special event Thursday.
    The event wasn’t just a preview of coming attractions – it was a celebration of an accomplishment of the Elgin department and those volunteers who make its twice-yearly barbecue possible.

  • Old jail depicted on Christmas ornament

    A historic building that has made headlines in recent months is now depicted on a shiny holiday fixture.
    The old Lancaster jail on Gay Street is featured on the 2010 Lancaster Christmas Ornament. Each year, one of the county’s historic places is featured on a ornament. The series began in 2000.
    Jimola Wade, marketing coordinator for See Lancaster SC, unveiled the newest ornament Tuesday evening at the Springs House.
    “I think we’ve got a great ornament this year,” she said. “It’ll make a wonderful Christmas present.”