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  • Deputies looking for suspect in armed robbery

    No arrests have been made in an armed robbery that took place shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday outside an 11th Street home.
    A 59-year-old woman said she pulled into her driveway, opened her car door and started to pet her cat when she looked up and noticed a man standing there, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    The woman told deputies that the man pointed a handgun at her and demanded all of her money.
    The assailant took $300, the report said.

  • 3 men invade house, rob man at gunpoint

    A West Hood Street man tells police three men entered his house, robbed him at gunpoint and made him strip naked Sunday night.
    The victim told Lancaster police he was sitting on his couch watching TV when three men came through his front door and robbed him about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
    The three men each had handguns and were wearing ski masks, according to an incident report.
    The victim told police the intruders hit him in the face with a gun several times and made him take off all his clothes. They took $200 from his pants pocket, the report said.

  • Scout food drive is Saturday

    Local Boy Scouts are doing their part to help the less fortunate in Lancaster County.
    The L&C (Lancaster and Chester) District of Boy Scouts of America will again be taking part in the organization’s annual Scouting for Food drive.
    From about 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, members of local Boy Scouts units will be going throughout neighborhoods in the county collecting food, which will be given to HOPE in Lancaster.

  • Fort Lawn to get new mayor

    John Rumford is the mayor-elect of Fort Lawn.
    He defeated incumbent Charles “Clif” Ferguson by a vote of 121 to 54 in Tuesday’s Town Council election.
    Rumford, chairman of the Fort Lawn Community Center, beat Ferguson, the town’s 10-year mayor by a more than 2-to-1 margin.
    “I’m very gratified by the support of the people of Fort Lawn,” Rumford said. “I look forward to working with the council, the staff and the people of Fort Lawn to make decisions that are best for the town of Fort Lawn.”

  • Van Wyck loses a great voice

    Van Wyck – Wilkie Manuel Witherspoon died the same way he lived – peacefully.
    A man known by his friends and family as a peacemaker, Witherspoon, 74, went to bed on Oct. 29, and just didn’t wake up, said his daughter, Daphne McCullough.
    “He just peacefully went,” McCullough said.
    But that’s the way he would have wanted it, said Joseph Potts, who had been Witherspoon’s friend for more than 50 years.

  • A salute to veterans

    A somber but poignant drum cadence resonated to recognize military prisoners of war and missing personnel, also known as POWs and MIAs.  
    Lonnie Catoe, a POW who served in World War II, bore a black flag that read, “You are not forgtten.” The audience watched silently as six other flags were displayed – each one representing a branch of military service.
    Silent moments like this and loud cheers of appreciation characterized the scene at the annual Lancaster County Veterans Day program, held Saturday morning at the American Legion Building.

  • Rash of burglaries reported recently

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said his office has identified suspects they believe are responsible for a recent rash of burglaries.
    Between Oct. 29 and Oct. 31, sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of seven different burglaries or larcenies.
    Faile said one suspect was arrested Saturday. He wouldn’t release the name, as deputies are looking to arrest at least one more person, he said.
    The burglaries remain under investigation.

  • Twice-dead veteran to share experiences

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land’s own Jacky Bayne will share how God has worked in his life, bringing him back from the dead, not just once, but twice.
    Bayne was declared dead twice during his tour of duty in Vietnam in the 1960s, and although he lost his right leg and is paralyzed on his left side, he’s very much alive today, and happily married.
    He and his wife, Patsy, travel all over the area, sharing his story at churches and schools.

  • Habitat may get $10,000 from anonymous donor

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County may soon receive a sizable contribution, but needs the community’s help for it to materialize.
    A Lancaster resident has promised to donate $10,000 to the organization, just as long as the group is able to raise the same amount through donations. The donor wishes to remain anonymous.
    “We know the individual,” said Virginia Biggerstaff, who serves on the board for the local Habitat. “I have been assured that he plans to follow through. He’s assured us he has the money.”