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  • Shekinah Word Center to honor pastor for 30 years in ministry

    Shekinah Word Center has slated a weekend full of events to honor its pastor, Apostle LeVerne Duncan Spears, who’s now been in the ministry for 30 years.

    The activities kick off 7 p.m. today with a musical celebration at the church at 1001 W. Meeting St. in Lancaster.

    A pastor’s banquet will be held 6 p.m. Saturday in Fort Mill at Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1003 Steele St.

    Tickets for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children 14 and younger. Supreme Seven, a gospel group from Tallahassee, Fla., will perform that night.

  • Good Will Ambassador: Clarence Witherspoon active in ‘everything’

    VAN WYCK – Clarence Witherspoon isn’t one to sit around.

    The Van Wyck resident works for the Budd Co. as a janitor at the Indian Land schools. He’s an active, lifelong member of White Oak AME Zion Church, where he serves as chairman of the trustee board, a class leader and president of the usher board. He’s also president of the Lancaster District ushers.

  • Man accused of threatening deputy

    HEATH SPRINGS – A Heath Springs man has been charged almost a year after he threatened to kill a  Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy and his family.

    Arkevus Jimon Cauthen, 21, of 201 Reeves St., Heath Springs, has been charged with malicious injury to property and threatening the life of a person or family of a public official, teacher or principal, a felony.

  • Man dies in house fire

    A 60-year-old man died Tuesday night after a fire broke out at his East Dunlap Street home.

    Lucious Waters was killed inside his home at 503 E. Dunlap St. some time after 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Neighbors across the street called the fire department around 8:20 p.m. and the Lancaster Fire Department responded about three minutes later.

    Lancaster County Fire Department Chief Chris Nunnery said the fire most likely started in Waters' bedroom and spread from there.

  • USCL job fair draws a crowd

    More than 900 people converged at a job fair at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster on Friday.

    Held at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building, the fair was an opportunity for Lancaster residents to meet with more than 30 area companies, including Wal-Mart, Proctor & Gamble, Phillips Staffing and the city of Lancaster.

    Lynda Burke, area director for the S.C. Employment Security Commission, said the crowd exceeded her expectations. Last year’s fair drew about 700 participants, so she expected to see at least 500 this year.

  • More people turning to HOPE for help in these tough times

    The requests are numerous. The lines are long. But the supply of food to give out often runs short.

    That’s the situation at HOPE of Lancaster, where many people in the county have long turned to for assistance during trying times.

    With today’s economy, HOPE, a community outreach agency that helps county residents with food, utilities and rent,  is having difficulty accommodating the increasing number of residents who need help – and the nonprofit agency needs your help more than ever before.

  • Mullis offers hope

    Macy Mullis is right there when many Lancaster County residents experience their lowest of lows.

    She hears the personal stories of poverty and joblessness that have brought even grown men to tears. For 25 years, she’s taken in all this information, with the task of telling those people if her group can help or not.

    Mullis is an interviewer at HOPE of Lancaster, a community outreach agency that helps county residents with food, utilities and rent.

  • Meet our ambassadors of good will

    Years ago I wrote a feature package entitled “Angels unawares.” It was based on Scripture found in Hebrews 13:2, basically saying that sometimes strangers can be “angels unawares.”

    The package featured several Lancaster County folks who shared their experiences of being helped by a stranger. Almost all of them described these helpful strangers as angels.

    I, also, have encountered similar strangers. And I am eternally grateful to them.

  • County to use old Springs store for court

    A once-popular store where residents bought sheets, towels and other home products will be converted into a temporary hall of justice for Lancaster County.

    Court cases will be held in the old Springs Global’s Wamsutta store on S.C. 9, across from the textile company’s Grace Complex and Customer Service Center. The store closed in January.

    Lancaster County bought the 27,100-square-foot building for $825,000 from money officials reserved for temporary court expenses a few months ago, County Administrator Steve Willis said.

  • IL students show team spirit through food drive

    INDIAN LAND – No matter the outcome of the Carolina-Clemson football game on Saturday, Carolina was the winner at Indian Land Elementary School.

    Students were challenged to do a canned food drive to benefit HOPE in Lancaster on Nov. 17. To take the excitement up a notch, the students were told to bring in cans for their favorite team, either the University of South Carolina or Clemson University. The two rivals face off at noon Saturday at Clemson’s Death Valley.

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