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  • 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.

  • Fires destroy two homes over weekend

    Two homes were destroyed in separate fires only hours apart over the weekend.
    A Lancaster man told Lancaster County deputies that he and his family returned home from eating dinner late Saturday night when they noticed fire coming from the roof of his house at 958 Rock Hill Highway.
    He immediately called the fire department and then ran to the back of his house in an attempt to turn off the house’s main breaker, an incident report said.
    Zion, Van Wyck and Riverside volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.

  • Habitat seeking donations to match $10,000 pledge

    The local Habitat for Humanity still needs help to try to match a generous pledge before the end of the year.
    More than a month ago, an anonymous local donor told Habitat for Humanity that he would donate $10,000 to the organization, just as long as the group can raise the same amount through donations.
    The goal has not been met yet, said Habitat board president Doris Hood. She wouldn’t say how much has been raised thus far.
    Dec. 31 is the last day to donate to this particular effort.

  • Someone tampers with fire hydrants

    Water gushed onto several county roads early Tuesday morning after someone opened the valves on at least five fire hydrants.
    Deputies responded to the Foxbrook Circle area at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday because of a report of water leaking into the roadway.
    A nearby resident told the deputy she had seen a man next to the hydrant with a wrench in his hand.  After seeing her, the man got into a dark colored car, which had four fog lamps on its roof, and left the scene.

  • Miles home after surgery

    Jody Miles set another milestone after transplant surgery and returned home to Lancaster on Tuesday.
    Needless to say, Miles was excited, as was her family and many tracking her progress via Facebook. The return home gives Miles a little time to get ready for the family’s Christmas celebration.
    “I haven’t done any Christmas shopping,” she said.
    But not much is needed, since her family agreed not to give gifts to the adults this year.
    “Just having the time together is all the gift we need,” Miles said.

  • Catawba pottery in the spotlight

    South Carolina is home to many wonderful cultural traditions, though you’d be hard pressed to find one as long-lived as the pottery tradition of the Catawba Indian Nation.
    For thousands of years, the Catawba, or Iswa as they call themselves, have lived along the basin of the river that bears their name today.
    Generation after generation, the Catawba have passed down their pottery-making skills, adhering to strict rules concerning materials and techniques, but allowing artisans the leeway to change with the times and needs of the market.

  • Two Andrew Jackson High students die in wreck

    KERSHAW – Justin Brewer and Derrick Peach always had smiles on their faces.
    That’s how Alex Dabney, assistant principal at Andrew Jackson High School, remembers the two juniors, who both died after a car accident Monday afternoon less than two miles from the school.
    “I knew them very well. If you go back and remember them in school, those young men seemed to have a good day every day. They were fun-loving kids,” Dabney said. “There was always a smile on their face and a zeal for life.”