• Free lunch and a Bible for all who came to event

    Jesef Williams
    Malachi and Bridgette Cherry’s yard had probably never been so crowded.
    Hundreds of people visited their Pleasant Hill Street home Wednesday to take part in a free lunch that the Cherrys spearheaded.
    Dozens of community members joined the couple in putting on this lunch, which they say was a way to give back to the community and spread Christmas cheer.

  • ‘Burning Bush’ brightens Lancaster neighborhood

    Reece Murphy
    The glowing maple tree is impossible to miss if you’re driving along quiet Rosewood Court in Lancaster.
    The grand spectacle is the work of J.E. Hinson and it’s the sole piece of Christmas decoration outside his modest home.
    But what a piece of decoration it is.
    Twenty-feet tall, its base a glowing halo of white, streams of red twisting up into the upper branches, the effect is that of a glimmering bowl of fire.

  • Letters addressed to North Pole

    Chris Sardelli
    Whether they’re scribbled in crayon on notebook paper or printed on festive Christmas stationary, the message always begins the same way: “Dear Santa.”
    Little hands have furiously written their Christmas wish lists to the big guy in red, hoping to get their favorite presents on Christmas Day.  

  • IL community helps family who lost home

    Reece Murphy
    INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land community has reached out to help a local family displaced by fire.
    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Jason and Kimberly Boone had just returned home from eating dinner out with their two young sons late Dec. 11 when they found the roof of their home on fire.
    The family’s $60,000 home at 985 Rock Hill Highway was declared a total loss.

  • Gas prices up; more traveling this holiday

    AAA Caroliinas
    Higher gas prices and the most congestion on the highways in the last 10 years are this year’s Christmas Grinch for South Carolina motorists.
    Gas prices are up 40 cents statewide since last year and approaching $3 per gallon and highway travel is expected to increase 3 percent compared to last year, according to AAA Carolinas.
    A record 93 percent of those traveling in the state are expected to drive to their destination.  
    This represents the busiest Christmas travel holiday for South Carolina roads on record.  

  • Duracell, other firms hiring

    The employment picture in Lancaster County may be looking brighter, as several local companies have plans to create hundreds of new jobs over the next year.
    The county has been dogged for many months by a double-digit jobless rate that has consistently ranked the county in the top 10 for unemployment in South Carolina. In November, the county’s jobless rate increased to 15.0 percent, up from 14.2 percent in October, according to figures released Friday from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

  • Man, 42, hit with hammer in attack

    A Lancaster man was attacked with a hammer during an attempted robbery last week.
    Police officers found the 42-year-old Sara Drive resident bleeding profusely from his forehead and nose Friday after they responded to a burglary call, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    A 20-year-old man, who also lives at the home, called police to report the attack. He led officers to the victim, who was sitting on the edge of a bed, the report said. Officers immediately called Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services, who took the victim to the hospital.

  • Hinson has been baking holiday treats for weeks

    Mmmm, Mmmm. Yum.
    Walk into Sylvia Hinson’s bakery in Elgin, and you might just say something like that.
    The scent in the air is no Yankee Candle. It’s the real deal – freshly baked gingerbread cookies.
    And there they are – neatly packed boxes of gingerbread men and women on shelves just to the right of the front door.
    Hinson has been baking.
    And baking.
    And baking.
    From the modest looks of this quaint cinderblock shop, you might not think its owner could ever be so busy. But in this case, looks deceive.

  • Locals hope to feed 1,000

    Nobody was saying much Tuesday about a major community outreach effort planned for today.
    Several Lancaster County residents have been working together over the last few weeks to sponsor a lunch for anyone who wants to come. The lunch will be served today staring at 11 a.m. at 113 1/2  Pleasant Hill St., Lancaster.
    The goal is to feed 1,000 people, said Brad Small, one of the organizers.
    “This is open to anybody that finds out about it,” Small said. “Hopefully, we’ll have enough food to feed them.”

  • Lancaster woman robbed in front of bowling alley

    A Lancaster woman was robbed at gunpoint Monday night as she was walked into the Lancaster Bowling Center.  
    The robbery happened at about 7:32 p.m. as the woman was entering the bowling center at 1353 Lymon Reece Road. She told deputies that a man approached her, pulled out a revolver and demanded money.
    After giving the man an undisclosed amount of cash, he ran behind the bowling alley, according to a sheriff’s office press release.