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  • Good Will Ambassador: ‘Doing this is what brings me joy’

    “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105

    These are the words over the door of Jackie’s Place, a haven of hope created by Lancaster resident Jackie Brown.

    Since 1994, Brown has been behind the counter at Jackie’s Place, helping those in need in Lancaster. From shoes to clothes to even appliances and furniture, Brown has tried to distribute whatever people need, when they need it. Even those in need of a hot meal can find it at Jackie’s Place, thanks to Brown’s home cooking.

  • Shoppers swarm stores for Black Friday

    Bargain hunters woke up early Friday morning hoping to find great deals at stores throughout the area.  

    Called “Black Friday” by retailers because that’s the day many stores see a surge of business that puts  them “in the black,” Lancaster residents were out in full force searching for hard-to-find items at low prices.

    Chris Tipton, store manager at Wal-Mart in Lancaster, said the crowds kept him and his employees busy throughout the day.

  • Long ready for first term

    Deborah Long has gone back to school.

    In preparation for her first term as the state House District 45 representative, and armed with a 4-inch notebook crammed full of duties, expectations and House rules, Long, a Republican, traveled to Columbia last week for her “freshman orientation.”

    “It’s just like going back to school with all the papers and pencils. I felt like all I needed was to bring a bag lunch and an apple for the teacher,” Long said.

  • Police reports – Nov. 30, 2008

     According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    – Someone stole a 2006 Honda XR 100 dirt bike from a Gingercake Road yard between Nov. 19 and Nov. 20.

    The dirt bike is valued at $1,000, the report said.

    – Someone stole a Husqvarna chain saw, a Poulin chain saw, a Digger Mannis tiller and a Husky air tank between Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 from a Friars Ct. home.

    The stolen items are valued at $2,200, the report said.

  • KARE sees spike in requests

    KERSHAW – The last several months have looked just like an entire year in 2005 at the Kershaw Area Resource Exchange, or KARE.

    That’s because the assistance agency has seen great increases in the number of people in the southern part of Lancaster County who’ve turned to the organization for help.

    KARE operates a low-cost clothing room, gives emergency rent and utilities assistance and hands out food to people who have either a Kershaw or Heath Springs address.

    The organization is now in its 26th year.

  • Outgoing council members to be honored Monday night

    Residents will have a chance to say farewell to three retiring County Council members Monday night.

    A drop-in for outgoing Councilmen Bryan Vaughn, Wayne Kersey and Wesley Grier will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. before council’s meeting begins.

    All three have served one term on council.

    Vaughn chose not to run for re-election this year.

    Kersey was defeated by Kathy Sistare in the Democratic primary in June, and Grier, a Republican, was defeated by Dennis “Cotton” Cole, a Democrat in the November general election.

  • Good Will Ambassador: For 26 years, helping Kershaw has been Timmons' No. 1 priority

    KERSHAW – When Beverly Timmons moved to Kershaw in 1976, she knew she wanted to help the community.

    She noticed a lack of organizations to help the needy in the area. So, with help from the community, she founded the Community Clothes Closet in 1982.

    Today that organization has grown into KARE, a nonprofit group that provides assistance to those in need in the county.

  • Street Market to feature car show

    The next Lancaster Street Market will have one new feature – an auto show.

    The third open-air market, to be held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, will feature a car show on West Gay Street with an extensive collection of cars from different eras.

    Organized by Koss Motorsports on the S.C. Bypass 9, there is no entry fee to participate in the car show.

    Cars will be judged in several different categories. Trophies will be handed to the winners.

  • School administrator who once worked here faces sex charges in Aiken County

    A former Lancaster County School District employee faces a host of sex-related charges that originated more than three decades ago.

    Stephen Coke Eubanks, 67, of North Augusta, remains behind bars, accused of engaging in sexual behavior with students from the 1970s to the 1990s.

    Eubanks worked as a district-level administrator in Lancaster County from 1982 to 1992.

    The State Law Enforcement Division began an investigation in September after receiving information about Eubanks from an alleged victim, said SLED spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons.

  • Group to host Folk art show

    Southern folk art enthusiasts have a place to go in Lancaster on Saturday.

    The Lancaster Folk Art Society, in cooperation with the University of South Carolina Lancaster, will  host its first show and sale in Lancaster County dedicated to Southern folk art. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.