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  • Closet Ministry preps for free shopping day

    The little gray house with red shutters is abuzz with activity.
    Volunteers have been busy preparing clothing, shoes, coats, blankets and toys for an upcoming free shopping day this Saturday, when the fellowship hall of Second Baptist Church in Lancaster will be transformed into a Closet Ministry store.
    Gently used items donated by the community – winter clothing, blankets and toys – will be available.

  • Lancaster man accused of Pageland thefts

    PAGELAND – Responding quickly to a string of a smash-and-grab car stereo thefts, Pageland police caught a Lancaster man who had tell-tale blood on his hands from shattered glass.
    Police received a 911 call at 6:46 p.m. Nov. 9 from a truck owner in the Bojangles’ parking lot who had just seen the thief speed away in a white Honda.
    Steven Dale Moree, 36, of Pageland, told officers that he saw his truck window broken when he came out of Bojangles’.

  • Local teen faces marijuana charge in Pageland

    PAGELAND – A 19-year-old Lancaster man was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and three teenagers were charged with underage drinking after a Pageland officer noticed suspicious activity at Grits and Groceries on Nov. 5.
    Officer Albert Parsons noticed that 19-year-old Ricky “June” Baxter looked his way and ducked behind an SUV and then got into a two-door Chevrolet when he passed, a report said.

  • Four arrested in burglary spree

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies have arrested four Lancaster residents in connection with a rash of burglaries in the county over a several-month period.
    Sheriff Barry Faile said he couldn’t give specifics about the areas or addresses the suspects have been charged with burglarizing, the number of burglaries involved or the time span of suspected cases, as the investigation is ongoing.
    “We’ve solved a bunch of burglaries, but we’re continuing to solve more each day,” Faile said.

  • Community’s Aunt Jo dies at age 79

    Tending to roses at Lancaster City Hall and providing hot meals for firefighters were just some of the deeds that Joan Hall Williams rendered on a regular basis.
    The Lancaster native was known locally for lending a helping hand and spreading knowledge about Lancaster County’s history. Because of that dedication, many county residents came to know Williams affectionately as “Aunt Jo.”
    Now they are reflecting on what Aunt Jo meant to the community. She died Sunday at the age of 79.
    A history enthusiast

  • 11 schools get same report card rating as in ’09

    Most elementary and middle schools in the Lancaster County School District received the same grade on their state-issued report card in 2010 that they did a year ago.
    The state Department of Education released the 2010 report cards last week.
    Schools and districts are assessed by two ratings on the report cards – absolute and growth.
    Absolute ratings are based on overall student performance on standardized tests. Growth ratings look at individual student test scores from one year to the next and the number of students who have made such gains.

  • Speakers say NAACP still has important mission

    Supporting the NAACP was the main topic at the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP’s 32nd annual Freedom Fund Banquet at Lancaster High School on Saturday night.
    About 200 people attended.
    The Rev. M. Diana Charles, pastor of Rock Hill AME Zion Church in Pageland, was the keynote speaker. She is a retired educator, president of the Cheraw Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and member of the executive board of the S.C. Conference of the NAACP.

  • Report: Assailant shoots at man’s car

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    A Lancaster man said he was leaving an acquaintance’s house late Saturday night when his vehicle was shot at.
    The shooting happened shortly before 11:30 p.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The man went to a Sumter Street home to visit someone, and when he came back outside and got into his car, was shot at, the report said.

  • New Hope Brotherhood hands out food

    It was a long but rewarding morning for the men of the New Hope Brotherhood.
    And at 12:30 p.m., when the men’s club at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, completed their mission, Joe King sighed.
    “My legs are about to fall under it,” an exhausted King said.
    It had been a beautiful fall morning at this church located about seven miles south of Lancaster. The weather was perfect – bright Carolina blue skies and mild temperatures – the kind of day many people wish every day would be like.

  • Nearly 40 vases stolen from cemetery

    Alice Robinson’s late husband, Larry, has been buried at Lancaster Memorial Park since 1992.
    In those 18 years, Robinson said she’s never known anybody to steal vases from the cemetery.
    News of the latest thefts has left her upset.
    Robinson is one of more than 30 plot owners to have bronze or copper vases taken from those plots. Between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, 39 vases total were stolen from various plots, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.