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  • 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.”

  • Benefits planned to raise money for woman who needs transplants

    Families often pull together in times of need. Sometimes they need a little help from others. The Soliman family does right now.  
    Marlene Soliman is now in Pittsburgh awaiting a double lung and liver transplant.
    Her brothers, Hector Soliman of Lancaster and Miguel Soliman of Miami, along with their families, are trying to help raise $40,000 to cover the costs. So far, the family has raised around $1,300.

  • Ministry seeks to light the fire among Christian leaders

    Christian leaders often experience burn-out and discouragement. Many, especially small congregations and ministries with little material or emotional support, give up and fall by the wayside. Communities suffer as a result.
    But Pastor Marvin Tennant and his church, Christian Assembly Worship Center on S.C. 9 Bypass East, are on a mission – as Scripture says, to “lift up the hands which hang down.”

  • ILHS band 10th in state here

    INDIAN LAND – Band director Mathew Willis said he’s proud of how well the Indian Land High School marching band performed this season, its first year in Class 2A.
    Indian Land finished 10th Saturday at the 2A state finals at Spring Valley High School in Columbia.
    Pendleton High School of Anderson County captured the championship.
    Thirteen bands competed in the Class 2A state finals Saturday – seven from Lower State and six from Upper State.