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  • Santa Claus visits Van Wyck early

    VAN WYCK – On Saturday, Christmas joy rained down on more than 50 residents of Van Wyck.
    Despite cold and wet weather, Santa made his rounds of the community with helpers from the Van Wyck Health and Education Initiative, the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Fire Department, the local community center and postmaster Betty George.
    George began the holiday gift and food drive nine years ago for local residents in need. This year has been the largest effort ever, with 42 children and 18 seniors receiving food or presents.

  • Donations to Basket Fund trickling in

    The community continues to reach out to their neighbors in needs, though organizers of the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund say a lot more is needed to match last year’s pace.
    The popular drive brought in close to $3,000 last week, bringing the total collected this year to $6,322.
    The fund, sponsored by HOPE in Lancaster, collects donations that are used to buy food vouchers for less fortunate families in Lancaster County. Recipients can use the vouches at local grocery stores.

  • Processions will now have to stop at lights

    A state law has changed how funeral processions will operate in the county.
    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile realized the need for a change after reading an opinion from state Attorney General Henry McMaster.
    In his opinion, McMaster said a funeral procession can disregard traffic signals and signs only when an officer is stationed in that intersection. If no officer is stationed there, then the procession must observe all traffic lights and signs.

  • Jobless rate in Lancaster County increases slightly in November

    While South Carolina’s jobless rate declined slightly in November, Lancaster County’s rate increased slightly during the period.
    The county’s jobless rate increased to 15.0 percent in November, up from 14.2 percent in October, according to figures released Friday from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.
    Lancaster County ranked 10th in the state in unemployment in November.
    Marion County had the highest jobless rate in the state – 19.0 percent in November.

  • Candlelight vigil will honor slain girl, other crime victims

    Jaylen Jackson would have celebrated her fourth birthday on Thursday.
    The young girl was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight earlier this year at an Athena Road trailer park, becoming by far Lancaster County’s youngest murder victim of 2010.
    Now, on her special day, the community will remember Jaylen and other locals who lost their lives because of violent crime.

  • John Griffin to discuss and sign ‘Silent Heroes’ book at library

    From release
    Dr. John Griffin will have another book presentation at the Lancaster County Library in Lancaster at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    This presentation will concern his new book, “Silent Heroes: Lancaster County in the Civil War.” Griffin will sell and sign copies of the book after the presentation. The book sells for $29.

  • Looking for something old to give this year?

    Think old, not new.
    That may not be the way you typically think when buying gifts.
    But that’s the way the owners of antique and collectible stores and consignment shops would like for you to think when you’re shopping for gifts for Christmas or at any other time during the year.
    If you think old instead of new, a good place to shop in Lancaster County is along U.S. 521, south of Lancaster.

  • Rezoning measure OK’d to allow church to locate on Van Wyck site

    With a bang of the gavel Monday night, the Rev. Ricky Cope’s church received the green light to continue its renovations.
    Cope, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, has attended every Lancaster County Council meeting for the last two months hoping to gain approval to keep work going on his church, which is relocating from Fort Mill to a former Van Wyck cabinet shop along Steele Hill Road.

  • Authorities seek leads in robbery cases

    Authorities are searching for the men involved in three armed robberies and one attempted robbery earlier this week.
    Two armed robberies occurred at convenience stores, as did the attempted robbery. One man was held up by a robber as he was leaving his home, a report said.
    Deputies responded to reports of an armed robbery at the AMPM Gas & Grill, 1553 Lynwood Dr., on Monday. A store employee told deputies that a man walked into the store about 10 p.m., pulled out a handgun and demanded money.

  • Patrol reports wrecks related to storm

    A fast-moving low-pressure system out of the Mississippi River Valley brought freezing rain to Lancaster County on Thursday morning that caused havoc for drivers on county roads.
    National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn Smith said the area was under a winter weather advisory until 10 a.m. Smith said the freezing rain was the result of precipitation, several days of cold weather and cold air extending to high altitudes.