• Kershaw briefed on grant process

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – Town of Kershaw officials now have a better grasp of what it will take to receive a major federal grant.
    Grazier Rhea of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (COG) spoke at Kershaw Town Council’s meeting on Monday about a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).
    The town wants to secure a $500,000 CDBG to replace old water lines in the Springs Cotton Mill Village neighborhood, which is just north of the Kershaw town limits.

  • Angel Tree needs sponsors

    Jesef Williams
     Help fill a child’s heart with joy this holiday season by taking part in the annual Angel Tree program.
    The program, sponsored by Christian Services, allows area youngsters to get Christmas presents they may not receive otherwise. Recipients are from families suffering financial hardships.
    However, some boys and girls are at risk of not getting gifts, as hundreds of more children still need to be sponsored.

  • Wreaths Across America comes back to Kershaw

    Jesef Williams
     KERSHAW – The annual Wreaths Across America event is coming up, and local organizers still need your help to make this year’s ceremony a success.
    The goal is to remember, honor and teach – as the plan is to once again lay a wreath on each of the nearly 600 veterans’ grave sites at Kershaw City Cemetery.

  • Fire damages new Dollar General

    Shoppers looking for dollar deals will have to put those plans on hold as one local store repairs damage from a fire that sparked last weekend. 

    Lancaster’s new Dollar General store, at 501 E. Arch St., opened its doors a little over a month ago, but those doors were shut again after a back room fire burned in the early Sunday morning. By Monday, strands of yellow crime scene tape hung in the parking lot, preventing customers from parking or going inside. 

  • Christmas musical features local artists

    By Doris Hood
    Special to The Lancaster News
    After Thanksgiving, the focus turns to the Christmas season, with Christmas Day just a month away. The Pan-Hellenic Council plans to get the season off to a good start, with The Spirit of Christmas, a musical performance at 5 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion AME Church, 317 E. Barr St.
    The Spirit of Christmas features Lancaster artists Gayle Gordon, Lafayette Thrower and the Rev. Eddie Moore.
    Gordon is a well-known soprano and has performed at numerous events in Lancaster and beyond.

  • Injured deputy returns home

    A sheriff’s deputy shot last week during a botched robbery is home, just in time for Thanksgiving. 

    It hasn’t even been a week since Investigator Brandon Rollins was shot once in the stomach, but Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said the deputy was released from the hospital earlier this week.   

    Rollins, an 11-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was shot as he and several other off-duty deputies confronted an armed robber at the Shrimp Boat restaurant shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday. 

  • ‘Never saw Layton in a bad mood'

    The Lancaster County School District has been hit with the loss of yet another student, this time a 7-year-old student at Erwin Elementary School in Lancaster.

    The latest loss brings the sad total to five students and two coaches county-wide who have died since school started in August.

    Layton Gladden, a second-grade special-needs student, died Sunday at his home of complications from a lifelong condition. He was the son of Kevin and Chandra Gladden of Lancaster.

  • Early Thanksgiving

    INDIAN LAND – Richard Williamson of Indian Land held out an old copy of the Charlotte News, tapped it and said, “Here, that’ll tell you everything you need to know.”

    The newspaper, dated Feb. 8, 1965, is yellow and ragged at the edges, with ink smudged in places along the crinkled folds, despite years of careful storage. 

  • Oliver takes command of Highway Patrol

    A Lancaster native assumed command of the S.C. Highway Patrol on an interim basis this week.

    Lt. Col. Michael Oliver was named SCHP’s interim commander Monday by S.C. Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith. The decision comes after previous commander Col. Kenny Lancaster announced he plans to retire Dec. 27. 

  • Local stores kick off Black Friday early

    Are you a Black Friday shopper who thrives on the idea of being among the first to seize deals the minute the doors open?

    Well get your most comfortable shopping shoes set aside and get ready to go.

    In a trend designed to lure recession-shocked shoppers looking to stretch their holiday pennies, Black Friday is starting earlier than ever this year.

    For Walmart, that means Black Friday is now Black Thursday with a 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day sale kickoff. The store normally kicks off its Black Friday sales at 5 a.m. Friday.