• Brass ensemble rings out the old, rings in the new

    Lancaster can get an early start on “Ringing out the Old and Ringing in the New” this New Year’s Eve.
    The Tom Burge Brass Ensemble will perform a variety of classical and contemporary music in a free concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at the Cultural Arts Center in the historic Old Presbyterian Church building at 307 W. Gay St., Lancaster.
    Burge, a trombonist with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and low brass instructor at Wingate University believes the program will appeal to people of all ages and musical tastes.

  • Making Christmas merry for Panhandle kids

    Santa came early for less fortunate families in the Lancaster County Panhandle, thanks to long-running Christmas projects in Indian Land and Van Wyck, supported by local churches, businesses and individuals.

    Indian Land
    Now in its 25th year, Pleasant Valley and Indian Land volunteer fire departments’ joined forces Saturday, Dec. 23, to deliver Christmas joy, with Santa riding shotgun in a gleaming red firetruck.

  • Crenco triples its annual fundraising for St. Jude

    From release

    Crenco Food Stores raised $10,899 during an October fundraising drive for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, more than three times the amount it collected last year.
    Lancaster-based Crenco exceeded its $6,000 goal for this year’s drive, during which customers at the company’s five convenience stores added contributions while paying for their purchases.

  • Clairemont dresses up for the holidays

    Paul Slazas
    Special to The Lancaster News

    The holiday spirit was evident in Indian Land’s Clairemont neighborhood, with many homes participating in the community’s fifth annual Holiday House Decorating Contest. The neighborhood has a festive Christmas atmosphere with trees and windows decorated with colorful lights and inflatable holiday characters filling front lawns.

  • Holiday fires leave 3 families homeless

    Three Lancaster County families were displaced after fires broke out in their homes this week.
    The first fire occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Christmas Day on Tabernacle Road in Buford. Three volunteer fire departments – Buford, Tradesville and Unity – responded, but they called in Camp Creek and Antioch departments for additional water supplies.
    “They were having difficulties because of the wind and manpower,” Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said. The firefighters did not leave the scene until after 6 a.m.

  • ‘Barnes was just someone who did’

    T.T. Barnes was a true legend.
    The no-nonsense black educator and community leader died Friday. Born in Lancaster, Barnes was 92 years old.
    Barnes, who saw the best in all children, had a local reputation for getting opposing parties to talk and iron out their differences, said Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff.
    “Whenever something happened and you needed someone to bring people together, Mr. Barnes was the one who could do it. He will surely be missed,” said McGriff. 

  • Zechariah a Christmas miracle for his parents

    Foster parents Claude and Jessie Vincent said goodbye to a baby they were fostering who found a permanent home.
    Claude swore they’d take no more babies after he cried for two days.
    But then the phone rang.
    It was their Christmas miracle – Zechariah, who had spent two months in the hospital after being born premature on Dec. 25, 2012.
    “They said he was African-American,” Claude Vincent said. “I said, ‘I don’t care what he is.’
    “We’ve had him ever since.”

  • Church makes new Chrismons for tree

    Frank DeLoache and Robin LaFollette
    Living Saviour Lutheran Church

    The congregation of Living Saviour Lutheran Church celebrated the beginning of Advent 2017 with the revival of a special American tradition that was born 60 years ago, but has faded somewhat in popularity.
    Indian Land artist Robin LaFollette, a member of Living Saviour in south Charlotte, fell in love with the church’s Chrismon tree when her family joined the church a few years ago.

  • Trash becomes holiday tribute

    One man’s trash is another man’s Christmas extravaganza.
    Heath Springs resident Tommy Brooks, who works at the county recycling center in Kershaw, has spent the past couple of months scouring his dumpsters for usable Christmas decorations to light up the center.
    “I wanted to make people feel like it was Christmas,” Brooks said. “Halloween comes and goes and Thanksgiving comes and goes, but I had to do something for Christmas. I just want to make y’all happy.”

  • St. Nicholas visits IL

    Beverly Lengers
    Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

    One of the complaints that Christians often voice at this time of year is that Christmas has become too commercialized and secularized. Far too many people observe Christ Mass without any acknowledgment of Christ at all. It’s all about parties and presents and television specials without any reverence for or meditation on the main focus of Christmas, namely, the incarnation of our Lord. Santa Claus gets more attention than Jesus.