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Today's News

  • Holiday fires leave 3 families homeless

    Three Lancaster County families were displaced after fires broke out in their homes this week.
    The first fire occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Christmas Day on Tabernacle Road in Buford. Three volunteer fire departments – Buford, Tradesville and Unity – responded, but they called in Camp Creek and Antioch departments for additional water supplies.
    “They were having difficulties because of the wind and manpower,” Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said. The firefighters did not leave the scene until after 6 a.m.

  • ‘Barnes was just someone who did’

    T.T. Barnes was a true legend.
    The no-nonsense black educator and community leader died Friday. Born in Lancaster, Barnes was 92 years old.
    Barnes, who saw the best in all children, had a local reputation for getting opposing parties to talk and iron out their differences, said Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff.
    “Whenever something happened and you needed someone to bring people together, Mr. Barnes was the one who could do it. He will surely be missed,” said McGriff. 

  • 48-hour time limit ‘not fair’

    State House Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-Lancaster) has proposed changing the current municipal election law regarding contested elections.
    The proposal came during a regular, joint House Legislative Oversight Committee meeting Dec. 19, where all four subcommittees met to discuss each subcommittee’s respective state agency. Norrell is on the Economic Development and Environmental Subcommittee.

  • Looking back on integration

    Gloria Mackey Gordon, wearing her first-day-of-school dress and penny loafers, drove her blue Chevy to pick up three friends.
    It was 1966 and Gordon was a junior.
    She, Ronny Lowery, and Charles and Edgar Smith were on the way to their first day at Lancaster Senior High School.
    They walked into the building and got stares. Some called them names.
    They were four of 15 black students in the school. The other 822 students were white.
    “We all walked in and everyone just looked at us,” Gordon said.

  • Column: Not ready for Christmas? Here’s the remedy

    It was just a throw-away question, a bit of small talk with a high school student at church two weeks ago. But when I asked whether she was ready for Christmas, she shocked me with her enthusiastic “yes.”
    “Wow,” I replied. “I’m really impressed.” She looked puzzled for a moment and then recognized the misunderstanding. “Oh, I haven’t done all my shopping and all that,” she said, explaining that she was ready for Christmas to be here.

  • Zechariah a Christmas miracle for his parents

    Foster parents Claude and Jessie Vincent said goodbye to a baby they were fostering who found a permanent home.
    Claude swore they’d take no more babies after he cried for two days.
    But then the phone rang.
    It was their Christmas miracle – Zechariah, who had spent two months in the hospital after being born premature on Dec. 25, 2012.
    “They said he was African-American,” Claude Vincent said. “I said, ‘I don’t care what he is.’
    “We’ve had him ever since.”

  • Church makes new Chrismons for tree

    Frank DeLoache and Robin LaFollette
    Living Saviour Lutheran Church

    The congregation of Living Saviour Lutheran Church celebrated the beginning of Advent 2017 with the revival of a special American tradition that was born 60 years ago, but has faded somewhat in popularity.
    Indian Land artist Robin LaFollette, a member of Living Saviour in south Charlotte, fell in love with the church’s Chrismon tree when her family joined the church a few years ago.

  • Trash becomes holiday tribute

    One man’s trash is another man’s Christmas extravaganza.
    Heath Springs resident Tommy Brooks, who works at the county recycling center in Kershaw, has spent the past couple of months scouring his dumpsters for usable Christmas decorations to light up the center.
    “I wanted to make people feel like it was Christmas,” Brooks said. “Halloween comes and goes and Thanksgiving comes and goes, but I had to do something for Christmas. I just want to make y’all happy.”

  • School district and Kershaw to share site near bandstand

    The Lancaster County School District and the town of Kershaw have agreed to share property on North Matson Street for a car loop and parking spots, and the town says it will be a win-win.
    The town announced plans to build a bandstand on the property beside Kershaw Elementary School in July. That construction will be complete by the end of January.
    The elementary school will soon be in the process of moving its entrance from North Rollins Drive to North Matson Street and is in need of a car loop to keep cars from backing up on the street.

  • St. Nicholas visits IL

    Beverly Lengers
    Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

    One of the complaints that Christians often voice at this time of year is that Christmas has become too commercialized and secularized. Far too many people observe Christ Mass without any acknowledgment of Christ at all. It’s all about parties and presents and television specials without any reverence for or meditation on the main focus of Christmas, namely, the incarnation of our Lord. Santa Claus gets more attention than Jesus.