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  • The scoop on Santa

    The Santa experts have finally spoken.
    They’ve given the inside scoop on what a Christmas Eve sleigh ride around the world really entails.
    They know exactly how many presents are loaded onto Santa’s sleigh before he takes off. His favorite cookie to eat and what he does after making his Christmas Eve rounds.
    These experts can be found in the classrooms of North and Brooklyn Springs elementary schools.

  • Kershaw cuts rental rate on ballroom

    KERSHAW – It’s now cheaper to rent the ballroom at Kershaw Country Club.
    Members of Kershaw Town Council unanimously voted Monday night to cut the rental fee from $500 a day to $350. For the first time, half-day rentals will be available, for $250.
    The previous $100 deposit for reserving the ballroom has been slashed to $25. The deposit has been, and remains, refundable if the renter cleans up the room after using it.

  • Garbage hauling gets fancy in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – There’s nothing glamorous about picking up garbage, but the county’s smallest town is now doing it in grand style.
    Heath Springs last week took delivery on a $142,000, state-of-the-art 2017 Kenworth/Pak-Mor 20-yard residential garbage truck.
    “I gotta tell you, I like it,” said town employee Dan Knight. “This is something we needed.”
    Heath Springs doesn’t have property taxes to generate municipal revenue, so the truck’s $142,000 pricetag was no small matter.

  • 6 school buses spray-painted with profanities

    Six school buses were vandalized early Tuesday morning in the bus parking lot beside Lancaster High School's football stadium.
    Vandals spray-painted profanities on buses and bus license plates, said Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the Lancaster County School District.
    Vaughn said the damage was done between 6:30 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday to three state and three county buses.
    The vandalism caused problems for some Southside Early Childhood Center students.

  • Plea deals end 2 murder cases from 2003, ’12

    Two men facing trial for murder have accepted plea agreements in Lancaster County General Session Court, resulting in a sentence of a little more than 11 years for one and a suspended sentence and probation for the other.
    William Demond Pate, 37, of Kershaw was charged with murder 13 years ago in the death of a friend, James Smith, also of Kershaw.

  • ILHS promotes Blades to head coach

    INDIAN LAND – Horatio Blades, a former NFL linebacker who has been the Indian Land High School defensive coordinator for three years, is the Warriors’ new head football coach.
    “Coach Blades is a young man of very high character,” said ILHS Principal David Shamble. “His leadership and character are outstanding.

    “He is going to step in and do some things different,” Shamble said. “He has a true understanding of Indian Land. Coach Blades understands our students and football players. He is a worker.”

  • Correction Buford girls basketball game tip-off is 6 p.m.

    The tip-off time for the Buford High School Lady Yellow Jackets game with Cuthbertson High School is 6 p.m. Monday, not 7 p.m. as published in the Sunday, Dec. 18, edition of The Lancaster News. We apologize for the error.

  • ‘Mr. Hungerford, on behalf of a grateful nation…’

    Seventy-one years after earning the Bronze Star for his service in World War II, Buddy Hungerford was presented the medal Thursday by Rep. Mick Mulvaney in a brief ceremony at the Springs House.
    “Mr. Hungerford,” Mulvaney said, formally addressing the 91-year-old veteran at the base of the grand staircase. A crowd of more than 50 Rotarians and guests looked on.
    “Yes, sir,” Hungerford said.
    When Mulvaney called his name, Hungerford, who walks with a slight stoop, straightened to his full height. His wife, Deanna, stood at his side.

  • Christmas basket only halfway to goal

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket has received $4,565 in donations so far, still not quite halfway to its goal of $10,000.
    “The community is still responding to our requests for donations,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster. “So many members of our community have been blessed by this program, and we would like to continue it in the future.”
    The money raised will be used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.

  • Surprise guilty plea as murder trial starts

    A 73-year-old Heath Springs man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for the 2011 shooting death of an acquaintance during a argument.
    Jasper Lee Haggins was charged with murder in the death of  Ernest Lee Cunningham, 55, of Heath Springs, He was shot the night of Feb. 19, 2011, following what witnesses said was an argument over alcohol.
    Haggins was scheduled to stand trial for murder Monday, but agreed at the last minute to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter, according to Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman.