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  • 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.”

  • A tribute to one of their own

    By Reece Murphy

  • Christmas Basket off to good start

    More than $3,000 has already been donated to this year’s Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund.
    The fund, sponsored by HOPE in Lancaster, collects donations that are used to by food vouchers for less fortunate families in Lancaster County.
    Recipients can use those vouches at local grocery stores.
    Through Friday, $3,352 has been donated to the fund, said HOPE Director Elaine Adkins.
    Vouchers will be given based on the number of people in each household. However, each eligible household will receive at least one $25 food voucher.

  • LAPS, city police dept. to hold toy giveaway

    Children can come get free gifts while the adults learn more about deterring crime in their city.
    That’s the plan for an upcoming toy giveaway sponsored by crime-prevention group Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) and the Lancaster Police Department.
    The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at several parks throughout the city.
    Organizers will be at each park for an hour. Following are the locations and the times.
    • 11 a.m. – Pardue Street Park, 101A Pardue Circle

  • New pantry helps hungry in Indian Land

    By Reece Murphy

    INDIAN LAND – In these days of economic uncertainty and a 14.2 percent local unemployment rate, it’s no secret there are a lot of people struggling to make ends meet in Lancaster County.
    And like the county, so it goes in Indian Land.
    Until recently, if you lived in the growing Panhandle community and happened to be among those struggling to put food on the table, you had few choices since the closest food pantries were in Lancaster and Fort Mill.

  • Chamber seeks nominations for two awards


    At the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on Jan. 27, two special honors will be announced. County residents are invited to submit nominations for these community awards.
    Volunteer of  the Year
    Nominations for the Lancaster County Volunteer of the Year award are now being accepted.
    Residents, businesses and volunteer organizations are invited to place a name in nomination for this award.  

  • Former police officer files suit

    A former sergeant with the Lancaster Police Department is suing the department and two of its members for money he said he’s owed after being fired earlier this year.
    Pat Parsons, 50, a sergeant who had worked for the department for 11 years, filed suit Thursday in federal district court. He is represented by Columbia-based law firm Gaffney Lewis & Edwards.

  • White to retire as police chief

    Hugh White is stepping down as Lancaster’s police chief.
    White, whose retirement will become effective Jan. 7, has headed the Lancaster Police Department for the last 11 years. He’s worked for the department since 1982.
    White, 51, said he had been thinking about retiring since 2007 and was prompted to do so after hearing about possible changes to the police officer retirement system, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon.
    He said his retirement had been in the works the last three years.

  • Welcome center has new temporary home

    The county’s welcome center has a new home – at least a temporary new home.
    It moved from the historic Springs House at Catawba and Gay streets to 128 S. Main St., a retail front location in downtown Lancaster.
    “This was a much-needed move,” said Sylvia Hudson, the welcome center specialist. “While I enjoyed the Springs House, this location and the additional space we have here are such blessings.”
    The center moved on Nov. 22 and opened at its new location on Nov. 30.
    Hudson said the move is already paying off.