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  • Only minor problems attributed to snowfall

    While Mother Nature played havoc with much of the East Coast, she kept her touch gentle in these parts with just enough snow to transform Lancaster County into a winter wonderland.
    According to the National Weather Service, Lancaster County received between 2 and 5 inches Sunday, with the heaviest amounts falling in the northern and eastern parts of the county.
    Residents across the region had been watching the weather projections for days, when forecasters began saying that the Charlotte area had its first good chance for a white Christmas since 1947.

  • Sisters in adversity

    Brenda Hilley and Sarah Funderburk of Lancaster believe sisters make the best friends.
    Hilley, the oldest of five sisters and four brothers in the Deese family, was “second mama” to her other siblings. As children, they learned to support and encourage each other, and remained close as they grew up.
    Both Hilley and her younger sister, Funderburk, are artistic and enjoy making many different kinds of hand-crafted gifts for friends and family.
    Their Christmas trees are filled with ornaments – most of which are their own creations.

  • Christmas Basket drive tops $11,000

    In one week, the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund nearly doubled the amount of money generated to help area residents in need.
    Slightly more than $5,200 was donated to the fund through Wednesday of last week, bringing the grand total to $11,602.
    Other donations were coming in but aren’t included in this story because of The Lancaster News’ early deadline for the Christmas holiday.
    Donations received after Wednesday will be reported in next week’s roundup.

  • Will Christmas be white?

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    There’s an old saying that says “never bet on the weather.”
    If you’re hoping for a white Christmas this year, it may be prudent to take the adage to heart.
    Competing computer-generated forecasts are causing uncertainty as to how much snow will fall on Christmas.

  • Free lunch and a Bible for all who came to event

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Malachi and Bridgette Cherry’s yard had probably never been so crowded.
    Hundreds of people visited their Pleasant Hill Street home Wednesday to take part in a free lunch that the Cherrys spearheaded.
    Dozens of community members joined the couple in putting on this lunch, which they say was a way to give back to the community and spread Christmas cheer.

  • ‘Burning Bush’ brightens Lancaster neighborhood

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The glowing maple tree is impossible to miss if you’re driving along quiet Rosewood Court in Lancaster.
    The grand spectacle is the work of J.E. Hinson and it’s the sole piece of Christmas decoration outside his modest home.
    But what a piece of decoration it is.
    Twenty-feet tall, its base a glowing halo of white, streams of red twisting up into the upper branches, the effect is that of a glimmering bowl of fire.

  • Letters addressed to North Pole

    Chris Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Whether they’re scribbled in crayon on notebook paper or printed on festive Christmas stationary, the message always begins the same way: “Dear Santa.”
    Little hands have furiously written their Christmas wish lists to the big guy in red, hoping to get their favorite presents on Christmas Day.  

  • IL community helps family who lost home

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land community has reached out to help a local family displaced by fire.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Jason and Kimberly Boone had just returned home from eating dinner out with their two young sons late Dec. 11 when they found the roof of their home on fire.
    The family’s $60,000 home at 985 Rock Hill Highway was declared a total loss.

  • Gas prices up; more traveling this holiday

    AAA Caroliinas
    Higher gas prices and the most congestion on the highways in the last 10 years are this year’s Christmas Grinch for South Carolina motorists.
    Gas prices are up 40 cents statewide since last year and approaching $3 per gallon and highway travel is expected to increase 3 percent compared to last year, according to AAA Carolinas.
    A record 93 percent of those traveling in the state are expected to drive to their destination.  
    This represents the busiest Christmas travel holiday for South Carolina roads on record.  

  • Duracell, other firms hiring

    The employment picture in Lancaster County may be looking brighter, as several local companies have plans to create hundreds of new jobs over the next year.
    The county has been dogged for many months by a double-digit jobless rate that has consistently ranked the county in the top 10 for unemployment in South Carolina. In November, the county’s jobless rate increased to 15.0 percent, up from 14.2 percent in October, according to figures released Friday from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.