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  • Parade season begins Saturday in Kershaw

    The Christmas parade season in Lancaster County starts Saturday when the town of Kershaw hosts its parade.

    The parade, which begins at 3 p.m., will run south through the downtown area on Hampton Street, from Hilton Street to the bypass.

    Sherie Russell, secretary of the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, said Thursday that the parade has almost 60 entries, but additional entries are still being accepted.

    The Kershaw chamber sponsors the parade.

  • Annual Christmas Basket drive seeks donations to help families

    Many families in need of financial support will benefit from an annual fund that provides assistance during the holidays.

    The Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket is up and going and has raised more than $300 in the first few days of the 2007 campaign.

    The fund, sponsored by the local American Red Cross, provides food vouchers to local families that can be used to buy groceries at local stores.

  • Grants will benefit First Steps' programs

    Lancaster County First Steps has received a series of grants that will enhance its services as it prepares to move into a new building in January.

    The child school readiness agency's office has been housed on Arch Street for years and will move to a Wylie Street location – providing space for more than 60 child-care workers to train, a new parenting resource center and extra space for storage.

    "We have looked for a location for about a year," director Lora Bryson said. "We're very excited to be able to have space that we can utilize in a more efficient manner."

  • Police: Clerk in on store robbery

    What was meant to appear like a frantic armed robbery was more like an acting skit, police say.

    Crystal Robinson, store manager at Meeting Street Express convenience store, told Lancaster police that she had been robbed Monday morning at gun point.

    She said two masked men entered the store – one pointed a black handgun and the other took a bag of money from her.

    Lancaster police now say that Robinson wasn't robbed, but was part of a four-person conspiracy to take money from the store.

  • Local girl goes blue with golden hens

    INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land girl won big with a pen of hens she raised for a 4-H project.

    Allie Siceloff, a second-grader at Indian Land Elementary/Middle School, participated in this year's 4-H Poultry Project. For the project, she was given 25 chicks and was responsible for feeding them and recording their growth and progress in a journal.

  • Schools report 8th MRSA case

    Another case of MRSA has been reported in the Lancaster County School District.

    The latest case reported is at South Middle School, bringing the total of known cases in the school district to eight.

    School District spokesman David Knight confirmed the case Monday afternoon. He wouldn't say whether it involved a student or member of staff. He said providing additional information about whether the case is a student or staffer could lead others to deduce the identity of the person.

  • Printable Holiday Events Calendar

    Click here to open a printable calendar.

    To add your holiday event to this calendar, email your request to news@thelancasternews.com

  • 'Scrooge! – the Musical' may get you in spirit

    If you're having trouble getting into the Christmas spirit, try a family night out to see "Scrooge! – the Musical." Familiar characters, such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, are coming to life on stage.

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County's winter production, based on the classic Charles Dickens' story, "A Christmas Carol," opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Robbers steal bag of money

    The armed robbery happened so quickly that Crystal Robinson says she didn't have time to think.

    Just after 7 a.m. Monday, two men entered the Meeting Street Express convenience store and took a bag of money from Robinson, the store manager.

    Robinson was behind the counter and bent down to open the safe when the men walked in.

    One pointed a black gun at her and told her not to move, and the other man went behind the counter and took the money, she said.

    They then left out the back door.

    Robinson said the robbery lasted less than a minute.

  • Kershaw council split on ordinance to give plant operator hiring power

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Mayor Tommy Baker called a special meeting on Monday to address the hiring of a employee for the town's wastewater treatment plant, an issue that has divided council.

    Baker requested the meeting to address controversy fanned by a Kershaw News-Era article two weeks ago that focused on a possible illegal move by council on Nov. 5 to allow a department head to hire a wastewater treatment plant operator.

    "According to what the newspaper said, we were in violation of an ordinance," Baker said Monday.