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Today's News

  • After almost 50 years, childhood sweethearts are still in love

    For Donzell and Billy Allen, every day is Valentine's Day. It’s been that way through almost 50 years together and 42 years of marriage. And the Allens – who have been inseparable since becoming grammar school sweethearts in 1959 – don’t plan on changing any time soon.

    It’s not that they don’t appreciate holidays, family birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.

    They keep it in perspective.

    “We try to make every day special,” Billy says. “We try not to make issues out of big days.”

  • Building for the future

    On June 10, 1950, the big news in Lancaster was the upcoming high school graduations, the annual opening of Springs Park and a visit here by a replica of the Liberty Bell.

    There was no newspaper mention about the group of Rock Hill Road (Riverside Road) residents who met at the old Catawba School that day with the goal of forming a missionary Baptist church in their community.

    But it was a something that everyone at the meeting fully agreed with.

  • Police reports ee" February 13, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – A man went into Westgate Exxon about 6:15 p.m. Saturday and pointed a gun at the clerk in an apparent robbery attempt.

    According to the report, a man in his early 20s came into the store, pointed a black .22-caliber revolver at the clerk and handed the clerk a note that demanded money.

    As the clerk was getting the money, the robber asked the clerk if he was going to call the police. When the clerk said yes, the robber left without taking any money.

  • Seek help early on to avoid losing your home

    Help is just a phone call or mouse click away for those looking to avoid home foreclosure.

    Wilson Consulting Associates is offering free counseling and consultation to residents who fear they may lose their homes.

    The group is providing the services through its partnership with Family Services Inc., which last year received federal grant money to assist homeowners.

    Jeff Wilson is the senior project manager for Wilson Consulting Associates, which serves residents in Lancaster, York, Chester and Mecklenburg counties on behalf on Family Services.

  • Christian Services director needs liver transplant

    A woman who has worked countless hours to make sure local families have food, clothing and other basic needs now needs some help of her own.

    Jody Miles, who has served as director of Christian Services for 17 years, needs a liver transplant.

    She contracted hepatitis C in the 1980s from a blood transfusion, and the disease has damaged her liver.

    In 1991, she was told she would probably need a liver transplant.

  • Agents seize drugs, $3,500

    County drug agents seized drugs and about $3,500 after conducting surveillance on Darlene Boulevard on Feb. 4.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, county drug and State Law Enforcement Division agents were watching 1013 Darlene Blvd. because drug activity was suspected there. Drug agents had made undercover drug buys at the home, and had warrants for a resident of the home, the report said.

    Drico Antwan Curry, 29, was arrested and charged based on those drug sales.

  • Wilson surprised at event with resolution and scholarship named in her honor

    A strong, boisterous voice emerged from nowhere chanting, “I want Jesus to walk with me.”

    The sound came from Kessie, a woman captured from her African homeland and forced to live for years as an American slave.

    Kessie carried a bag of cotton and walked with a wooden stick that helped her get around and support her back, which was arched after many years of hard work for the slave master.

  • Local woman witnesses Obama’s inauguration

    INDIAN LAND – Vera Witherspoon still can’t believe she witnessed history.

    Along with her son and a few cousins, the Indian Land native braved cold temperatures and massive crowds in Washington, D.C., to watch Barack Obama become the 44th president of the United States last month.

    “For me to be able to be there and witness this, I never would’ve thought I’d be there,” Witherspoon said. “I knew this day would come, but to be there and to witness this was just an awesome occasion.”

  • Five file for three seats on Kershaw Town Council

    KERSHAW – It’s election time in the town of Kershaw.

    Three seats are up for grabs in the election, which will be held March 17.

    Two incumbent council members, District 4 representative Harold Williams and District 3 representative Mark Dorman, chose not to seek reelection.

    Pat Catoe and Morris Russell are running for Williams’ seat. Russell serves as director of Lancaster County Emergency Management.

    Randy Seegars and John S. “Jody” Connell have filed for Dorman’s seat.

  • Amanda Roberts wins state conservation honor

    Amanda Roberts, district manager for the Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District, received the S.C. Association of Conservation District’s 2008 Outstanding District Employee of the Year at the 2009 Conservation Partnership Conference in Myrtle Beach on Jan. 15.

    Conservation districts nominate their district employee for supporting the local-state-federal Conservation Partnership and for promoting conservation within the county.

    Roberts has been manager of the district since January 2007.