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  • Carriers encounter difficulties delivering papers

    Debra Kirk was living through a nightmare on ice last week.
    Kirk, who delivers newspapers for The Lancaster News, found herself trapped for five hours while trying to complete her route early Jan. 12.
    Kirk delivers papers to homes near Springs Memorial Hospital, the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and other areas in the city. She has about 250 customers.
    Things were going OK until she got to Brook Drive, a narrow road that was heavily covered with ice.

  • Habitat receives $25,000

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County has received contributions that will help it fulfill its goal of building a house this year.
    In November, a local man told the local Habitat chapter that he would donate $10,000 to the organization if the community could generate the same amount through December.
    Community donations totaled $8,420, with the anonymous donor providing an exact match – resulting in $16,840 total raised through the effort.

  • UW seeks volunteers for annual reviews

    The United Way of Lancaster County is seeking applicants to volunteer to serve on the Community Investment Panel.  
    All applications to volunteer will be reviewed by the UWLC Community Impact Committee for approval. Upon receiving training, panel members will tour and review United Way partner agency programs throughout the county.  
    Panel members will work as a team to develop investment recommendations for 2011-12. The total time commitment is about 10 to 15 hours from March through May.  

  • Cold weather blamed in man’s death

    Less than a day after an elderly man went missing, his body was found in a wooded area near his Lancaster home.
    James H. Brown, 84, of 2709 Wyatt Brown Road, was found dead by a family member about 9 a.m. Thursday. He was last seen at home by family members at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
    The family reported Brown’s disappearance to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office early Thursday morning.

  • Memories of MLK Jr.

    Lancaster resident Wayne Murray didn’t have to watch TV or read books to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He spoke with the civil rights leader in person on several occasions.
    Murray was a child when King visited his church over five consecutive years in Pasadena, Calif., in the 1960s.
    Murray and his family attended Pasadena’s Friendship Baptist Church. The pastor there, a man named Marvin T. Robinson Sr., was also a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the civil rights group King presided over.   

  • Local Dr. MLK Jr. Day Events

    NAACP event honors King
    The Lancaster Branch of the NAACP will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 4 p.m. today at Deliverance Word of Faith Church, 500-B Palmetto St., Lancaster. The speaker will be Apostle Wayne Murray, president of the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP.
    10th annual scholarship breakfast

  • Man shot during argument

    A Lancaster man was shot several times during an argument with another man Thursday.
    Leon Miller, 32, of 559 Doster Road, Lancaster, was found injured late Thursday night, after sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at his home.
    During the investigation, deputies learned Miller and Robert Capatrick Wright, 34, also of 559 Doster Road, had been involved in an argument earlier that evening, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • UW receives Home Depot Foundation grant

    Through its Building Healthy Communities grant program, The Home Depot Foundation has awarded $1,500 to United Way of Lancaster County. The donation will be used for the Lancaster County Community Garden.

  • Family grateful for support after fatal fire

    Billie Steele says the outpouring of support from the community has made dealing with her granddaughter’s death a little easier on the family.
    Her granddaughter, Kelly Laney, 41, died Jan. 6 in the early-morning fire that destroyed her mobile home on Dudley Steele Road. Fire officials said the blaze started in the dining area, in the center of the home. Arson is not suspected.
    Laney’s husband, Terry, and daughter, Wynter Hilburn, escaped, but she didn’t make it out.

  • Staff remember orthopaedic surgeon Thomas Fleischer

    A wreath hangs outside the main entrance to Carolina Orthopaedic Surgery Associates off West Meeting Street.
    Inside the office, staff members speak about how much they miss one of their own. Although work goes on, they all say it will never be the same again. The devoted patient care, the laughs, smiles and camaraderie will be missed.
    The mood has been a lot different at Carolina Orthopaedic Surgery since Dr. Thomas Fleischer died last week.
    Fleischer, an orthopaedic surgeon who founded the practice nearly 30 years ago, died Tuesday at age 57.