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  • Lancaster, nearby counties send 21,100 shoebox gifts through Operation Christmas Child

    Nearly 21,100 children will soon experience the joy of Christmas, thanks to the combined efforts of the Lancaster community and residents from surrounding counties.
    Residents packed empty shoeboxes with small items like toys, school supplies and hygiene items for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that sends gifts to children living in difficult situations around the world.

  • Woman charged in 8 car break-ins

    Late at night in the parking lot at Lancaster’s Walmart, police were filling out a report on a car break-in when a woman walked up and told them her vehicle also had been broken into. The officers filed a second report.
    Now that woman, Ashley Gordon, 28, of 2009 Miller Ridge Lane, has been charged in the initial break-in and seven other vehicle break-ins on the same night at Dalton Ridge Apartments.
    The Walmart incident happened about 11 p.m. Dec. 9, after a shopper reported a car had been broken into.

  • Heath Springs to spend more on leaf pickup, but cost still in budget

    HEATH SPRINGS – An unexpected $6,780 bill recently submitted for leaf and limb pick-up in Heath Springs can be paid in full without exceeding the town’s landscaping budget.
    Darren Sowell, owner of Sowell’s Lawn Care, submitted the bill earlier this month, and Heath Springs Town Council voted to pay the invoice at its Dec. 15 meeting.
    Sowell has a $54,298 annual contract for the town’s landscaping services.

  • Centralized rec facility top priority, study says

    Picture a complex spanning 100 acres off U.S. 521 just north of Lancaster, with fields for baseball, football, soccer and lacrosse, along with walking and biking trails, a gym for indoor sports, picnic pavilions and a venue for outdoor concerts.
    That big idea emerged this week as the top priority in a recreational needs study conducted for the county by Clemson University’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management.

  • Candlelight vigil highlights local murder victims

    Nearly four dozen candles cast their flickering glow over solemn faces in the darkness outside Lancaster City Hall Dec. 17, a sobering testimony to the toll violence has taken on the lives of county residents in recent years.
    Holding the candles were friends and family of the dead, concerned strangers and public officials gathered for the annual Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy (LAPS) candlelight vigil.

  • Surprise! Evan Harris meets Panthers quarterback Cam Newtom

    Back in April, 8-year-old Evan Harris was having a tough go at life. The energetic, active boy went home sick from school one day and spent most of the next two months in an induced coma.
    Evan was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that caused a potentially lethal elevated ammonia level in his bloodstream.
    But how things have improved since then.
    Not only is Evan recovering, but his long stay at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte earned him a trip to the Carolina Panthers game last weekend, with a big surprise at the end.

  • DUI enforcement blitz aims to reduce holiday fatalities

    From release
    COLUMBIA – State and local law enforcement agencies are once again joining forces for the annual Christmas/New Years Sober or Slammer! enforcement blitz.
    The goal of the enforcement and education push is to reduce preventable highway fatalities and injuries caused by people who drink and drive.

  • Firefighters collecting for MDA this week

    From release

    Members of the Lancaster Fire Department will be collecting donations this week for the Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
    Over more than six decades, firefighters across the country have raised a total of $558 million to fight muscular dystrophy and other life-threatening muscle diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

  • Lancaster man charged with selling heroin

    A Lancaster man was arrested Dec. 10 at his home and charged with selling heroin to undercover officers.
    Jason Lewis Thompson, 34, of 140 South Jackson Road, was arrested by agents of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, according to a sheriff’s statement.
    In an early morning raid, drug agents and SWAT team members arrested Thompson and seized marijuana, an Oxycodone pill, $430 and drug paraphernalia. The search warrant for the raid was obtained after an undercover investigation.

  • Behind the scenes: Recognizing county’s document keepers

    What started out as a gesture by Lancaster County Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond to honor his mentor and predecessor, Vernon McManus, has led to a new window into Lancaster’s past.  
    There is now a history of those who are charged with keeping the county’s official documents.