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  • Thieves target cars parked at restaurants

    ’Tis the season for crimes of opportunity, officers warn.

    With shoppers making their way from store to store, and local store parking lots packed with cars, crooks can find easy targets for their crimes.

    In the past couple months, many cars have been broken into at restaurant parking lots along S.C. 9 Bypass, said Lancaster Police Department Capt. Harlean Howard.

  • Paying it backward

    As the fog lifted early Monday morning, Lynn Dabney pulled around the Chick-Fil-A drive-through for her daily cup of unsweetened iced tea.

    And just like every morning, she had her money out and was ready to pay, but today was a little different.

    A good Samaritan in front of Dabney had already paid for her meal and added a chicken biscuit to her order. Dabney sat in shock, eyes wide, as Chick-Fil-A employee Nikki Helms told her the news.

  • More than $7,000 donated to Christmas Basket Fund

    Donations have surged past $7,000 for the annual Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund.

    The Christmas Basket Fund, which helps buy grocery store gift cards for needy families in Lancaster County, collected $4,467 in its third week, for a total of $7,087.

    Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, which is organizing the fund for the second straight year, said donations more than doubled from the previous week.

  • Kershaw officials invite public to check out new Town Hall

    KERSHAW – Town of Kershaw staff have moved into the new Town Hall on South Hampton Street, and now they are inviting the community to come have a look.

    The town will hold an open house at the Town Hall, 113 S. Hampton St., from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Town Administrator Tony Starnes and other administrative staff moved into their new digs on Wednesday.

    As with any new building, there are bugs to be worked out.

  • Sanford speaks on impeachment, Jenny

    Just hours before a state House panel decided not to impeach him, Gov. Mark Sanford apologized once again to the people of Lancaster County.

  • Lighting of the Way is Sunday in Van Wyck

    VAN WYCK – Van Wyck will celebrate the Advent season with its annual Lighting of the Way candle-lighting and worship event at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.

    The faith-based event will start at the Van Wyck post office at the corner of Old Hickory and Steele Hill roads and lead participants through four churches – Van Wyck Presbyterian, Van Wyck United Methodist, Trinity Presbyterian and White Oak AME Zion.

  • Forecast says it will likely rain on county's parades

    Will it rain on Lancaster County’s various Christmas parades on Saturday?

    The answer is most likely.

    Will it cancel the parades?

    No, as of late Thursday.

    According to the National Weather Service forecast for Saturday, there is a 50 percent chance of rain and sleet from 9 to 11 a.m., turning to all rain in the afternoon. Saturday night, there is an 80 percent chance of rain, with up to half an inch of rain possible.

    It will be cold, with a high on Saturday of 42 degrees, and a low of 35, according to the weather service.

  • Breaking News High winds result in some power outages

    The lights went out for some Lancaster County residents Wednesday morning as high winds swept through the area.

    Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran said heavy rains Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning saturated the ground, and trees and limbs fell more easily across power lines.

    “These were wind-related outages,” Jiran said.

    Power has been restored for Lancaster County residents, Jiran said.

    Jiran said power company officials continued to watch the weather Wednesday afternoon. Winds are expected to remain gusty until about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Incinerator gets final OK from Chester County

    CHESTER – Chester County Council on Monday night voted to give final approval to a zoning change to allow Covanta Energy to build a waste-to-energy incinerator on S.C. 9 between Fort Lawn and Richburg.

    Council members says the vote turns the issue over to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, which has the expertise to make decisions on environmental matters. DHEC will decide whether to issue the plant a permit to operate or not.

  • The Nutcracker

    Local school children play little mice in Columbia City's Ballet's Nov. 23 performance of the “The Nutcracker” at Lancaster High School.