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  • Correction: Students go back to school Wednesday

    Lancaster County School District students return to school Wednesday, not Tuesday as reported in the Sunday, Dec. 31, edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund still short of goal

    Now going into its fifth week, the Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket fund has raised almost $7,200, which is significantly short of its $10,000 goal. They will continue to accept donations through Jan. 5.
    “We had, of course, hoped to reach the $10,000 goal but would at least like to make it to $8500,” said Bekah Clawson, director of HOPE.
    “HOPE depends solely on contributions from the community to sustain the Christmas Basket Program each year,” she said.

  • Heath Springs increases water, sewer tap fees

    HEATH SPRINGS – The cost of connecting a home or business to the town’s public sewer and water systems is increasing.
    Heath Springs Town Council unanimously voted at its Dec. 19 meeting to immediately raise the tap fees.
    A tap fee is used to cover the cost of service installation, which may include a tap, service line and water meter. It also covers the cost of excavation, boring or paving, when needed.

  • Clemson fans confident about Tigers’ chances

    Clemson super fan Gordon Thorne is Bayou-bound with high hopes for the Tigers.
    Thorne, along with his mother, Betty, and daughter Hayden, a Clemson student, left today for New Orleans, to watch the Tigers tangle with Alabama in the College Football Playoff national semifinal at the Sugar Bowl.
    The game marks the third time in as many seasons, the 12-1 Tigers and Tide, 11-1, have dueled in the national playoffs.

  • In Memoriam: Remembering those we lost in 2017

    March 4
    J.R. Wilt, 78

    Van Wyck activist cast a long shadow
    J.R. “Jack” Wilt was one of the county’s most outspoken community advocates and government watchdogs.
    He died March 4 at his home of a heart-related issue after lying down for a nap on his 78th birthday.
    Wilt was a familiar presence at county and community meetings, where he spoke out on most any and every topic under consideration.

  • 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.