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  • A few inspirational people in 2017…

    These are a few of the people featured this year that the staff of The Lancaster News found inspirational:
    ◆ Edward Harris was a 9th Infantry M-60 machine gunner in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. “I’m not a hero, no sir, not me…. When I hear people call us heroes, to be honest, it’s always bothered me. I did what I had to survive,” Harris said in the Nov. 12 edition of The Lancaster News. “It wasn’t Rambo or none of that stuff. It was about making it back home.”

  • Year in Review: Top stories of 2017

    Former school board member arrested for drugs…again
    James Brooks, who resigned from the Lancaster County school board Dec. 2, 2016, after being charged for meth trafficking, was arrested again Jan. 19 for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.
    Brooks was found slumped over in his car at 2:30 a.m. in the Gate Station parking lot on U.S. 521 in Indian Land.
    He told the deputy, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office report, that he had a methamphetamine addiction and that he smokes meth multiple times a day.

  • Mobile Shower Ministry raising money to provide for homeless

    Lauren Fischer

    RedBasket.org

    Two years ago, Kevin Lilly felt called to provide for the homeless population in his area, so he started the Mobile Shower Ministry. It started as a way to provide a mobile shower tent for the less fortunate, but has grown to offer much more. 

  • Benefit Saturday for injured biker

    A musical program Saturday, Dec. 30, will benefit Eddie Waiters, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident this fall.
    The program is hosted by close friends and family of Waiters to help the 60-year-old with his medical expenses, which have been piling up.
    “There is a process with anything, and there has been a financial struggle with this one,” said Monica Frazier, a close friend of Waiters. “He’s a great person and a very caring man.

  • Jackson’s magnolia tree lives on at AJ state park

    A section of the historic Jackson magnolia tree in the South Portico of the White House will be cut down later this week.
    The almost 200-year-old magnolia tree was brought from Tennessee to Washington, and planted at the White House by seventh President Andrew Jackson to commemorate his wife, Rachel. She died shortly after he was elected, and the magnolia was her favorite tree. 
    Lancaster has its very own magnolia tree at Andrew Jackson State Park, which was grown from the seeds of that White House tree.

  • Andrew Jackson State Park to host First Day Hike

    S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism

    COLUMBIA – Most state parks in South Carolina will offer ranger-guided hikes, walks and special events Monday, Jan. 1, to get the new year started on the right foot.
    The First Day Hikes are mostly 1- to 3-mile easy walks along beaches, marshes and lakes, in forests or on historic trails, to help visitors learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of South Carolina and to get in some holiday exercise.

  • Sun City club gives Santa a helping hand

    Beverly Lane Lorenz
    For The Lancaster News

    Santa Claus had a huge request list to fill this year, with many letters coming from Lancaster County. To keep ahead of the demand, elves in Sun City Carolina Lakes set to work before the end of November to help out the jolly old elf.
    The Thanksgiving food drive had barely wrapped up when the SCCL Volunteers & Helping Hands Club set up the annual Angel Tree the following day. 

  • Horse killed in traffic accident on Grace Avenue

    A horse was killed Dec. 26 when it ran across Grace Avenue in Lancaster County and was hit by an oncoming vehicle.
    The accident occurred at 8:57 a.m., about half a mile west of the city of Lancaster.
    Jason Harris, 40, was driving his 2000 Toyota pickup east on Grace Avenue when the horse ran out in front of him.
    Harris, who was wearing his seat belt, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Springs Memorial Hospital.
    The horse’s owner was unknown and no charges had been filed in the incident by press time Thursday.

  • 1 gift = 1 New Year’s gala ticket

    ATLANTA – Lancaster native Ja’Von Crockett is giving back to children in Atlanta hospitals who suffer from leukemia by throwing a New Year’s Eve gala that only costs one wrapped gift per guest.
    Crockett, a celebrity cosmetologist and barber who has lived in Atlanta the last 17 years, is hosting the Crème de la Crème All White Affair at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Atlanta Ritz Carlton.
    “I decided to donate my time so these kids can smile,” Crockett said. “Whatever it takes, I’m willing to do it.”

  • Psychologist finds quiet in Heath Springs, writes novel about his life

    Many people come to Lancaster County these days for high-end jobs and a busy suburban lifestyle.
    Dr. Charles Kaska, 74, moved here for peace and quiet.
    He and his artist wife, Patricia Gambino, plopped down in Heath Springs five years ago after leaving the Philadelphia suburbs.
    He retired after an intense four decades working as a forensic psychologist – interviewing criminal suspects to determine their level of sanity, providing expert testimony in court, and profiling criminals to determine motives and patterns.