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  • Big crowds turn out for Black Friday shopping

    Eating turkey may cause drowsiness, but that didn’t stop shoppers from heading to stores early on the day after Thanksgiving.

    Local stores were packed during the early hours of Black Friday, a day known for its surge in holiday sales that puts many businesses “in the black.”

    With some stores opening as early as 4 a.m., many shoppers showed up to take advantage of early-bird specials and one-day-only coupons.

    Lancaster resident Robbie King woke up early to look through sale ads and track down toys for her three children.

  • Concrete plants are concern for FOIL members

    INDIAN LAND – After two years of discussions regarding concrete plants in the Panhandle, an Indian Land advocacy group will hold a community presentation about the issue on Dec. 15.

    Nonprofit advocacy group Friends of Indian Land, or FOIL, plans to educate residents and county officials about ongoing problems with four concrete plants in the area.

  • Faulkenberry Christmas Basket tops $2,600

    The season of giving is under way as the annual Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund has collected more than $2,600. 

    In its second week of collections, the Christmas Basket fund raised $1,720, for a total of $2,620. Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster which is organizing the fund for the second straight year, said donations are steadily increasing. There were 26 donors to the fund last week.

  • Firefighters could get gift cards

    With more than 250 volunteer firefighters working in the county, Lancaster County Council discussed a new way to thank them for their efforts.

    At its Nov. 30 meeting, council considered a proposal from the Lancaster County Fire Commission on how to recognize qualified volunteer firefighters in the county. In a letter to council, commission chairman Robert Baker presented an idea to buy $30 gift cards for these firefighters.

  • Some war stories from Honor Flight veterans

    A trip with 90 World War II veterans wouldn’t be complete without a few war stories, and local vets shared a few during the Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, 21.

    Here are a few:

    Remembering Iwo Jima

    At the Iwo Jima Memorial, which features a statue of the infamous photograph of Marines posting the American flag, veteran Hazel Adams of Lancaster recalled that battle. He was on a mine sweeper as a sailor in the U.S. Navy, and swept 224 mines the day that famous flag was raised.

  • Honor Flight a moving event

    The 90 local World War II veterans who went on Saturday’s Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial weren’t the only ones who were moved by the experience.

    The vets were accompanied by 50 guardians. Some simply wanted to accompany the veterans on the trip, while others had a more personal reason for going.

    Kershaw Town Councilwoman Genny Hendrix helped organize the flight and was a guardian to veteran Woodrow Pitts, who was with the Army’s 3rd Armored Division and drove Sherman tanks.

  • Honor Flight an honor for local reporter

    Tinian. Anzio. Saipan. Cassino. Bastogne.

    These were places I don’t remember hearing of before I began cramming about five weeks ago for a trip with local World War II veterans.

    Although I had written stories about World War II veterans before, my knowledge about geography and chronology about the war was always a little fuzzy.

  • FOIL worried about concrete plants

    Scott Bruntmyer is hoping to grab the attention of Lancaster County officials.

    As a member of the nonprofit advocacy group Friends of Indian Land, Bruntmyer has been working to inform county officials about problems he and other residents are having with four concrete plants in the Panhandle. His organization recently sent a letter of complaint to the county about the plants, which are located inside the Highway 521 Perimeter Light Industrial Park.

  • Employment office honors county’s military veterans

    When Derrick Watts applied for a job at the Lancaster Walmart, he didn’t expect to get a response so soon.

    In February, the former U.S. Air Force dispatcher submitted his application and decided to do a little shopping since he was in the store. When his cell phone rang a few moments afterward, he was shocked to hear a Walmart representative on the other end asking to schedule an interview.

    That same day Watts was interviewed, completed the required screenings and was hired as a cashier.

  • Wilds named literacy director

    The Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative board of directors has named Kathy Wilds as executive director of the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative.

    Wilds is  known throughout the community for her work over the last 21 years in the field of behavioral health.

    She was a founder and former executive director of the Learning Institute For Tomorrow (LIFT).  Prior to her work with LIFT,

    Wilds was employed by Catawba Community Mental Health Center in the Lancaster office.