http://www.thelancasternews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en For the holidays – let’s pay it forward http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/holidays-%E2%80%93-let%E2%80%99s-pay-it-forward <p> Phil and Mary Sue are generous hosts. Thanksgiving is their special time with family, but they regularly invite orphans &ndash; people like my wife and me, who have no other place to go.</p> <p> This year, we looked forward to joining Phil and Mary Sue&rsquo;s family and friends at their home. They were expecting 17 guests. No Indians on the guest list this year, but Phil says he will let the occasional Australian stand in for them.</p> Development company donates 7 acres to Pleasant Ridge church http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/development-company-donates-7-acres-pleasant-ridge-church <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pleasant_hill_land_dc_284_121914_color.jpg" alt="Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, 912 Clinton Avenue, received a donation of seven acres of land Friday, Dec. 19, from Tom Ulrich, far left, owner/representative of the Pendergraph Development Company of Raleigh, N.C. Also shown are Rev. Lorenzo Small Sr., pastor of Pleasant Ridge, church elders Sandra Jones-Izzard and Shirnetha Belk-Wilform. " title="Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, 912 Clinton Avenue, received a donation of seven acres of land Friday, Dec. 19, from Tom Ulrich, far left, owner/representative of the Pendergraph Development Company of Raleigh, N.C. Also shown are Rev. Lorenzo Small Sr., pastor of Pleasant Ridge, church elders Sandra Jones-Izzard and Shirnetha Belk-Wilform. " align="left" hspace="6" width="149" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church has been donated several acres of land on which its pastor foresees plans for positive church growth and help to the local community.</p> <p> Founded in 1885, Pleasant Ridge will celebrate its 130th anniversary in 2015, said Sandra Jones-Izzard, elder clerk of session at the church.</p> <p> She said the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church family has been at its Clinton Avenue location since 1985.&nbsp;</p> Jolly old elf visits Van Wyck early http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/jolly-old-elf-visits-van-wyck-early <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cropped_avery_aliyah_helms.jpg" alt="Avery and Aliyah Helms hold their gift bags as they chat with Santa on their porch in Van Wyck, as their grandmother, Jeannette Helms, and uncle, Mike Osborne, look on. Santa visited the Helms family Saturday, Dec. 20." title="Avery and Aliyah Helms hold their gift bags as they chat with Santa on their porch in Van Wyck, as their grandmother, Jeannette Helms, and uncle, Mike Osborne, look on. Santa visited the Helms family Saturday, Dec. 20." align="left" hspace="6" width="97" height="85" /><p> VAN WYCK &ndash; Occasional showers early Saturday, Dec. 20, did not dampen the Christmas spirit in Van Wyck. Volunteers and firefighters gathered at the community center at 11 a.m. to load and distribute gifts they had prepared for angel tree children and fruit baskets for area seniors. Santa (aka Dennis Straight) arrived in time to help load the gifts and then they were off, with firefighter Chris Madden at the wheel and Santa riding &ldquo;shotgun.&rdquo;</p> Chesterfield GOP leaders allege code violations by former House member Denny Neilson http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/chesterfield-gop-leaders-allege-code-violations-former-house-member-denny-neilson <p> For 28 years, Denny Neilson served in the S.C. House, losing her seat in 2012 after her old legislative district was redrawn following the 2010 U.S. Census.</p> Lady Jackets rally to down Great Falls http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/lady-jackets-rally-down-great-falls <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bhs_girls_basketball_lv_supp_121914_8784b.jpg" alt="Buford High School’s Gabby Davis (10) goes to the hoop in the Lady Jackets’ comeback win over Great Falls High School on Friday, Dec. 19 at BHS. Buford’s girls play in the York Christmas tournament where play opens Monday, Dec. 29 where the Lady Jackets face Greenwood at 11:30 a.m. " title="Buford High School’s Gabby Davis (10) goes to the hoop in the Lady Jackets’ comeback win over Great Falls High School on Friday, Dec. 19 at BHS. Buford’s girls play in the York Christmas tournament where play opens Monday, Dec. 29 where the Lady Jackets face Greenwood at 11:30 a.m. " align="left" hspace="6" width="56" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 9.5px Utopia"> Buford High&rsquo;s Lady Jackets were coming off a motivating victory over North Central Thursday night. The Jackets were looking to continue their roll against Class A Great Falls at home Friday night, Dec. 19, in front of an excited home crowd.</p> Impact players bolster all-county defense http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/impact-players-bolster-all-county-defense <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.0px; font: 9.5px Utopia"> Impact players head The Lancaster News&rsquo; &nbsp;2014 all-county defensive team.</p> Star players lead all-county offense http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/star-players-lead-all-county-offense <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 9.5px Utopia"> A trio of the state&rsquo;s top players highlight The Lancaster News&rsquo; 2014 all-county offense.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 9.5px Utopia"> Lancaster High School senior wide receiver Jay Hood, Andrew Jackson High record-breaking senior quarterback Kolby Whitley and Indian Land High School senior kicker Shea Rodgers lead the elite squad.</p> Bruins’ duo reaps honors http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/bruins%E2%80%99-duo-reaps-honors <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/football_eric_supp_122314_5135.jpg" alt="Lancaster High School senior defensive back Will Jackson (4) makes a return during the Bruins’ Region III-AAA 42-35 comeback road win over Broome High School of Spartanburg which earned LHS a Class AAA playoff berth and home postseason game. Jackson is The Lancaster News’ 2014 Lancaster County Player of the Year." title="Lancaster High School senior defensive back Will Jackson (4) makes a return during the Bruins’ Region III-AAA 42-35 comeback road win over Broome High School of Spartanburg which earned LHS a Class AAA playoff berth and home postseason game. Jackson is The Lancaster News’ 2014 Lancaster County Player of the Year." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 9.5px Utopia"> The story of the 2014 Lancaster County high school football season was the Lancaster Bruins.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; line-height: 11.5px; font: 9.5px Utopia"> Two key reasons were first-year Lancaster High School coach Bobby Collins and Bruins&rsquo; senior defensive back Will Jackson. Their effort was a vital reason for the LHS success.</p>