• HOPE says thanks to its volunteers at banquet

    A night that included a banquet and several door prizes was one way that HOPE officials showed their gratitude for their tireless volunteers.

    HOPE, or Helping Other People Effectively, in Lancaster Inc. is a nonprofit agency that helps people who need food, shelter, clothing, utility money or other types of financial assistance.

    The organization has more than 60 volunteers. They were recognized during a dinner Nov. 8 at the First Baptist Church family life center.

  • Lancaster Leathernecks hope to spread joy with Toys for Tots drive

    Organizers hope this year's Toys for Tots campaign will yield more gifts than ever for Lancaster County children.

    The Lancaster County Leathernecks, the county's detachment of the U.S. Marine Corps League, is sponsoring the toy drive for the fourth year. It began Nov. 2 and continues through Dec. 19.

    People can drop off new, unopened toys to a number of locations in Lancaster County, Great Falls, Fort Lawn and Pageland. The Leathernecks are working with Christian Services and the Department of Social Services to identify families with children in need of toys.

  • Kershaw official says town violated its own ordinance

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council voted Nov. 5 to allow the director of its water department to hire a full-time operator for the town's wastewater treatment plant.

    But does that move violate a town ordinance that calls for the town administrator to make hiring and firing decisions?

    Councilman Wade Hunter, who voted against the measure, argues it does. But the majority on council apparently don't agree with him.

    Hunter, Councilmen Eddie Coates and Harold Williams were outvoted, 4-3, on the matter.

    Town Attorney Bob Davis sides with the majority on council.

  • Changing temps result in vibrant display of colors

    Mother Nature is using all the colors in her palette to create a beautiful landscape in Lancaster County.

    Bright reds, yellows and oranges, along with darker purples and burgundy, have emerged this fall. It may seem like magic, but there's a scientific reason for the color change.

    Chemical changes in the leaves result in color changes. In the fall, nutrients drain into the tree's branches, trunk and roots for winter storage, causing the leaves to stop producing the green pigment chlorophyll.

  • Woman charged in bicyclists' deaths

    INDIAN LAND – The driver involved in a bicycle accident last month on U.S. 521 in Indian Land has been charged in the deaths of two cyclists.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol charged Sharon Snipes King, 35, of Greensboro, N.C., Thursday with two counts of reckless homicide.

    The patrol says she was driving the Chrysler Pacifica that struck Thomas Hoskins and Lee Anne Barry from behind on Oct. 20 as they were traveling on the northbound side of the road.

    The accident happened just south of the Niven Road intersection.

  • Janet Huckabee campaigns for husband in IL

    INDIAN LAND – Janet Huckabee told a crowd in Indian Land that if her husband is elected president, he will serve the country with the same loyalty and commitment that has made their marriage strong more than 30 years.

    Janet, wife of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, is touring South Carolina in support of her husband, who's seeking the Republican nomination for president.

    She kicked off the three-day First Ladies Bus Tour on Wednesday morning at the Sun City Carolina Lakes retirement community.

  • Sanford talks about issues during visit to local store

    Gov. Mark Sanford visited Lancaster to explain his agenda for the coming year and find out what's on the minds of some residents Tuesday afternoon.

    He met with those interested in his Harvest Tour, a tour of communities around the state, to discuss his plans for government restructuring and spending, quality of life issues and education reform.

    "This is just a chance to move around and hear what's on folks' minds," Sanford said.

    Earlier in the day, he visited Rock Hill, and on Monday, he visited Effingham.

  • White to stay on as police chief

    After announcing last month that he would retire as police chief in January and enter another line of work, Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White has decided he will stay on indefinitely.

    It was a decision he reached last week after receiving encouragement from a host of people.

  • More can board Santa Express

    See Lancaster and its helpers are hoping to make good on promises of a bigger and better Santa Express train ride this year that is more open to the general public.

    With 300 extra tickets and three more train rides spread over two days when compared to last year's event, organizers hope people perceive the festive children's ride from Lancaster to Heath Springs on Dec. 1 and 2 as an event open to all.

    "If this is done right, this can really grow and help Lancaster quite a bit," said See Lancaster organizer Mary Brown.

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  • Police: Man had 15 grams of cocaine, $19,000 in cash

    A 38-year-old Lancaster man was arrested and jailed after police discovered 15 grams of cocaine and nearly $19,000 in the vehicle he was driving.

    Derrick Bernard Reid, of 102 New Burns Lane, was charged Monday with trafficking in cocaine.

    A Lancaster police officer stopped the 2007 Chrysler 300 that Reid was driving shortly after 5 p.m. because he failed to use a turn signal twice and was traveling about 45 mph in a 20-mph zone, according to an incident report.