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  • Christmas Basket tally hits $14,000

    The official start of the 2016 Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund is still 10 months away, but it’s already up and running.
    Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster, said the final tally for the 2015 effort, (donations made through Dec. 31, 2015) is $14,000. The goal was $10,000.
    By comparison, the 2014 goal was also $10,000, with $11,000 raised.

  • Warming center takes in first guests

    Kayland Hagwood
    For The Lancaster News

    A women’s retreat, marriage retreat or even a children’s camp may soon open on the main floor of Family Healing Community Ministries’ multipurpose building.
    But just below the future home of these events is a different kind of retreat.
    It’s no beach vacation, but for some people in Lancaster, this retreat provides one element as awesome as the sand and sea – heat.  

  • Auditor Morgan won’t seek 8th term

    After almost three decades as Lancaster County’s auditor, Cheryl Morgan announced this week she will not seek another term.
    Morgan, who was first elected in 1988, plans to finish out her seventh term, which expires June 30, 2017.
    Though voters will have a chance to elect her successor in the upcoming general election in November, the auditor does not take office until the beginning of the following fiscal year – July 1, 2017.

  • Life sentence for murder

    A Lancaster County man was sentenced to life in prison this week for the 2012 murder of a woman whose strangled body he left in an abandoned house.
    Terry Catoe, 43, formerly of 747 Shiloh Unity Road, was convicted Wednesday of killing Linda Massey Gaymon, 54, of Lancaster, as they had sex in a squalid shotgun house on Starnes Street off East Brooklyn Avenue.
    Gaymon’s murder was the fourth in a year that would ultimately see 13 local killings.

  • Indian Land man receives governor’s award

    Kelly Lessard
    For The Lancaster News

    Chandler Henry has never let his wheelchair define him. Though a spinal cord injury in his teens left his arms and legs paralyzed, Henry was determined to work and be successful. Now a senior tax professional for Bank of America and winner of the 2015 Governor’s NCWorks Award for Outstanding Workforce Development Adult, he has done exactly that.

  • New Year, New Me

    Local churches gathered to hold the “New Year, New Me 2016” celebration at Alpha Life Church on New Year’s Eve. Churches and organizations participating in the event were The Hope Center, of Lancaster, Harvest Ministries of  Rock Hill, Church of God of Prophecy of Gloverville, Church of God of Prophecy of Darlington, Fountain of Life Worship Center of Greenwood, Lynnwood Methodist Church of Lancaster, My Hope, the Billy Graham Association and the American Red Cross.

  • Water, sewer projects top towns’ agendas

    Infrastructure is the top issue the county’s three municipalities will be addressing during the first quarter of 2016.
    For the city of Lancaster, it’s the time-sensitive EPA consent order the municipality was placed under in 2013 regarding its wastewater collection system.
    Issued by EPA, a consent order is a negotiated agreement that obligates parties to make specific improvements within a certain time period.

  • Avondale inching toward approval

    Looking out the window of his Indian Land home, Drew Rhodes has concerns about the proposed Avondale neighborhood, which could eventually begin construction across the street from him.
    With less than a week to go before Lancaster County Council considers second reading of three ordinances tied to the 189-acre mixed-use development, located between Calvin Hall and Harrisburg roads, Rhodes remains “vehemently opposed” to Avondale.

  • IL group wants entire Panhandle

    A group of residents championing Indian Land incorporation has begun presenting its case to fellow Panhandle residents and gathering signatures to get the question on a ballot.
    Formed in February, Voters for a Town of Indian Land took up, reworked and recently relaunched an earlier stalled effort by Indian Land Voice begun in 2012.
    The nonprofit group is made up of seven core members, each of whom brings a range of experience and expertise to the cause.

  • GOP candidates visit SC

    If you’re interested in seeing some of 2016’s GOP presidential candidates, you have two chances this week.
    ◆ Donald Trump will hold a rally at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Winthrop University Coliseum, 1162 Eden Terrace, Rock Hill. Doors open at 5 p.m. To register and receive a free ticket, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/donald-j-trump-in-rock-hill-sc-tickets-20149255967.