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  • Perez on mission to help people of his homeland

    Jose Perez's visit to his homeland this holiday season will carry extra meaning.

    Perez, a Lancaster resident, had planned to leave for Tabasco, Mexico, on Saturday night to provide assistance to people there affected by the massive flooding in late October and early November.

    Heavy rains hit Tabasco and Chiapas, leading to the widespread flooding that has affected more than a million people.

    Tabasco and Chiapas are two Mexican states in the southern part of the country.

  • Justice Department OKs combining polls

    The U.S. Justice Department has given its OK to some precinct consolidations here for the upcoming presidential primaries.

    In the past, the political parties put on the primaries, said Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump. But the state Legislature changed that this year, and now the state Election Commission is responsible for the primaries.

  • Officers seize 4 poker machines

    A raid at an Old Still Street home Dec. 5 turned up four poker machines.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force, armed with a search warrant, raided 1305 Old Still St. and found four poker machines in operation.

    Joseph Bradley, 44, of 1617 Springdale Road, and Christopher Horne, 30, of 1305 Old Still St. were arrested and charged with operating a gaming house.

    Agents seized the four poker machines, $1,413 and various records of payouts from the machines during this search.

  • Grant will help recruit program volunteers

    The Lancaster County Volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program was recently awarded a $10,000 grant by Jewelers for Children.

    The grant will be used to increase recruitment of volunteers in Lancaster County. The Lancaster GAL program serves 51 abused and neglected children.

    The goal of GAL is to provide a volunteer advocate for all children involved in the family court system due to abuse or neglect.

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  • Christmas caroling series continues tonight at Main and Gay streets

    The effort to make downtown Lancaster a yuletide delight for county residents comes again tonight.

    Here We Come A' Caroling is an event sponsored by the city of Lancaster and See Lancaster. It will feature classic caroling at Main and Gay streets.

    Dressed-up performers from the Andrew Jackson High School Show Choir and the Lancaster County Community Playhouse will mix drama with their singing and try to include the audience.

    The event will take place between 6 and 8 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

  • Lancaster, other counties working to make Catawba a scenic waterway

    Lancaster County residents who fish, canoe, birdwatch or otherwise enjoy the Catawba River probably already find the waterway scenic.

    County Council recently voted to begin the process of making that scenic designation official. The resolution council approved allows the Catawba Regional Council of Governments to apply to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources to become a S.C. Scenic River. The application will be made on behalf of Chester, York and Lancaster counties.

  • Wintertime heat wave about to end

    It's unusual, but then again, it's not.

    Temperatures have been awfully warm the past few days – warmer than average – but fluctuating temperatures seem to be the norm for South Carolina winters.

    Highs reached the 80s earlier this week, and the mid-70s on Thursday, shattering records set in previous years that only reached the lower 70s.

  • Christmas Basket tally now more than $4,000

    More than $4,000 has been donated so far to the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund, which provides food vouchers to families who need support.

    The drive, which began Nov. 19, is sponsored by the local American Red Cross.

    Recipients receive $25 vouchers to use at local grocery stores.

    Christian Services, the Department of Social Services and the Lancaster County Council on Aging are identifying the families in need.

    Through Thursday, the grand total was $4,615.

  • Friends honor Joe Stephenson during a hero's memorial service

    Friends of Joe Lee Stephenson honored him earlier this month with a memorial service in front of his Laurel Court home.

    Joe Lee Stephenson, 60, died Nov. 11 after a bout with lung caner.

    The Lancaster resident served in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger. A Vietnam veteran, Stephenson was awarded a Purple Heart after he was wounded during combat.

    His cancer had developed as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange while in service.

    Stephenson's funeral was Nov. 16 in Orange, N.J., and local friends held the memorial service for him Dec. 4.