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  • Greater New Hope opens soup kitchen

    It was cold and dreary Saturday morning, but joy seemed to warm the hearts of Greater New Hope Christian Association volunteers when they cut the ribbon to open the Hill area's new soup kitchen.

    Local dignitaries joined Greater New Hope Church members and the Rev. Ronald Cunningham, minister of the church, to open the soup kitchen.

    Opening the soup kitchen was the culmination of five years of work, turning the once "juke joint" location, where alcohol and drugs were sold, into a place of bodily and spiritual nourishment.

  • School conversion almost complete

    INDIAN LAND – David McDonald, principal at Indian Land Elementary/Middle School, will serve as administrator of two schools when the middle school population begins classes in a new building next semester.

    Crews have been working since the summer to convert the former Indian Land High School to the new middle school. Moving the middle schoolers to a separate building is another way to help deal with the population growth in the Panhandle.

    With nearly 1,300 students, the ILEMS population is the second-largest of any school in Lancaster County School District.

  • Juvenile drug court threatened due to dwindling grant funds

    There's a threat to a county program that has done some good for Lancaster County teenagers addicted to drugs.

    The Lancaster County Drug Court, a program financed mainly through state and federal grants since its inception in 2003, is facing an all-time success rate but also a funding crunch.

    The grant sources are dwindling each year, making it harder to operate, said drug court coordinator Jeff Phillips.

  • 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.

  • Kershaw 2007 Christmas Parade Photo Gallery

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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.