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  • Quilting to comfort kids

    Kelly Morrissette
    For The Lancaster News

    Erika Boss has turned her passion for quilting into something much more meaningful and rewarding to help children whose families have been deployed on active duty.
    The 60-year-old Lancaster resident volunteers for Operation Kid Comfort, a YMCA program through which volunteers design and craft coddling quilts and pillows for children experiencing stress from the deployment of a loved one. Children 7 and younger receive quilts, while older kids receive pillows.

  • Ministering with hand tools

    KERSHAW – Walking cane in hand, Overbrook Road resident Jamie Payne stood in his mobile home’s kitchen Wednesday trying to look in two directions at once.
    To his right, 13-year-old Brice Harris gripped a bedroom door as it was being secured into place.
    To his Payne’s left, Andrew Plumer was working on a ceiling fan. Those two projects are among many that Youth Serve volunteers have taken up for two weeks during this summer’s team camp.

  • Sprucing up Kershaw’s golf course is paying off

    KERSHAW – Officials are breathing a little easier over the Kershaw Golf Course after learning that revenue was $8,000 ahead of projections for the month of May.
    Most of that is coming from green fees, which means course improvements are attracting significantly more golfers.  
    “We are getting lots of compliments about the recent remodel,” said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas, and improvements in the irrigation system are still under way.
    “It really looks first class.”

  • Last chance at the lilies for this year

    A breeze blows across the Catawba River and the rocky shoals spider lilies begin to dance, their paper-thin blossoms dipping and swaying atop sturdy green stalks.
    Acre upon acre of white blooms stretch improbably across the rushing water, the largest known stand of the rare lilies in the world.
    A magical garden

  • Kids enjoy funny Grimms theater

    “Do you know how to cry?” Lenny asked the audience of children, ages pre-K to fifth grade.
    The kids, who filled half of USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, began doing their best impression of a baby crying.
    “Do you know how to laugh?” Lenny asked, followed by children’s laughter filling the large space.

  • 3 arrested in connection with Patel murder

    Three men have been arrested on armed robbery conspiracy charges in connection with the murder of Lancaster convenience store owner Harnish Patel, who was found shot to death in his front yard March 2.

    Lancaster residents Jaquinton Tradell Blair, 23, and Richard Devauhn Stewart, 42, and Charlotte resident Lajames Arteian Ross, 22, are charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, according to a Wednesday release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Stewart is also charged with accessory before the fact of attempted armed robbery.

  • Sheriff’s office lists unclaimed property

    Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office often come across unclaimed, lost or abandoned property during the course of their duties.
    And under departmental policy, when a deputy takes possession of the property, it is placed into evidence for safekeeping.   
    The office, however, does work to identify owners and reunite them with their property. 
    After a 90-day period and exhausting all reasonable efforts to find legal property owners, the sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the items.

  • Give Local luncheon celebrates $155K drive

    More than 120 sponsors, partners and community members celebrated raising $155,000 during the second-annual Give Local Lancaster at a luncheon on Monday at USC Lancaster.
    Spearheaded by the J. Marion Sims Foundation, Give Local received a total of 1,015 gifts and included donors from three countries, 14 states and 61 cities.
    “Working together makes a brighter future,” said Robert Folks, chairman of the Sims Foundation. “This is a celebration.”

  • ‘Miss Emily’ Franklin, caretaker of Buford Battleground, dies at 87

    Emily Carnes Franklin, the unofficial ambassador and caretaker of Lancaster County’s most significant Revolutionary War site, the Buford Battleground, died Friday. She was 87.
    “Miss Emily’s” roots run deep at the Buford Massacre site on Rocky River Road. She was a direct descendant of the Rev. Jacob “Preacher” Carnes.

  • Kershaw Co. firefighter live-streams Ocean Blvd. gun battle

    Bubba Hinson, a Kershaw County volunteer firefighter, has been barraged with calls from media outlets all over the world this week, as his terrifying video of a street shooting in the heart of Myrtle Beach has drawn more than 4 million Facebook views.
    “I’m just ready for everything to go back to normal,” he said Tuesday. “I had to charge my phone three times yesterday, and I have two batteries for it!”