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"It's Hannah at the paper"

Teaching the kids at Discovery School about newspapers

By Hannah Strong

Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

I juggle a big metal plate and a bag full of newspaper-related things in my hands on a Friday morning.
I walk into Discovery School, trying to carry it all in one trip.
The school will start its own newspaper soon.
And I’ve been asked to talk with fourth and fifth graders about what’s newsworthy, how the paper works.


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My hardest story yet: Jacarion’s death

By Hannah Strong

Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

I sit on my sofa, scrolling through Twitter after a not-so-long day of work.
It’s about 9 p.m.
That’s when I read it for the first time – a 2-year-old has been shot at a home in Lancaster.
My Lancaster? Yes. My Lancaster.
I scramble. What do I do?


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"It's Hannah at the paper"

A stench, a scalpel, an eyeball

By Hannah Strong

Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

That sea-animal stench smacks me in the face when I walk through the door at Buford Elementary.
I know what I’m getting into when I decide to film it.
The smell gets stronger the closer I get to the classroom – the classroom with the dead, 2-foot-long dogfish sharks on the table.


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“It’s Hannah at the paper”

A bumpy ride, a shooting and 17 shell casings

Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

I didn’t know what we were about to walk up to.
I knew I had my camera bag. That my adrenaline was rushing. The White Street construction made the road bumpy. And my fellow reporter Greg Summers’ manual-transmission truck was shifting us back and forth as we sped down the road.
We knew we were headed toward a shooting – thanks to the newsroom police scanner for the tip.


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Editor's Column: The CEO taps on the door: ‘Did we treat you right?’

By Brian Melton

I didn’t know who Janice Dabney was when she tapped on the door of my dad’s room just before he checked out of Springs Memorial Hospital for the last time.
It was February 2015, and I had just moved back to Lancaster after four decades away. Dad had spent eight weeks shuttling between Springs Memorial, its two rehab wings and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. First an aortic aneurism, then a stroke, and his lymphoma was back.
At 91, he decided no more hospitals, and we told him that was understandable. He passed away at home three months later.


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"It's Hannah at the paper"

Families endure a pain that will never go away

By Hannah Strong

Editor’s note: Hannah Strong joined us a year ago, fresh out of Winthrop. Today she begins an occasional column on what her first reporting job is teaching her about herself, her profession and Lancaster County.

The operator from an S.C. prison says, “You have 15 seconds left on this call.”
“Let me call you right back,” the woman tells me.
She has been jailed for attempted armed robbery  since 2013.
I’m talking to her because her 19-year-old son has been shot dead in Lancaster.


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Editor's Column: Parnell’s big moment in the comedy vortex

By Brian Melton

Archie Parnell, one of the 14 candidates running for the congressional seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, got a bit of national publicity last week to help him stand out from the crowd.
Boy, did he ever!
Fair warning. If you’re not a fan of crude anatomical humor, do not check this out.
It happened on comedian Samantha Bee’s political satire show “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” on TBS. She has an audience of about 2.5 million, not far behind the 3 million or so who watch Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon on the big networks.


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Yes, the cartoonists – liberal and conservative – have been tough on Trump

Editor's Column: Wait, sir! Read this before you burn the paper

By Brian Melton

In more than a quarter century of newspaper work, I’ve received my share of vile phone messages. Last week I got a doozy.
It even tops the voice mail I got a few months ago from some guy who threatened to cut off my head and burn my body. I filed a police report on that one, so that if I turned up headless, the cops would have a logical place to start the investigation.
Here’s the latest message. There’s a bit of rough language, but I dashed out the objectionable words.


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Nanny-tax flap overlaps with the nation’s biggest budget challenge

Editor's Column – Mulvaney: I was sloppy, not greedy

By Brian Melton

Mick Mulvaney’s political career, which has rocketed upward since his first election win in 2006, jumped to light speed six weeks ago, when Donald Trump nominated him as White House budget director.
The guy who quietly blended in at my Rotary breakfast a couple of months back – affable, low-key, not the center of attention – had pole-vaulted into Trump Tower. Suddenly, we were envisioning him a stone’s throw from the Oval Office, with the federal budget in a headlock.


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Editor's Column: How we deliver your newspaper changes Friday

By Brian Melton

We have been delivering news and advertising to this community for 164 years.

 Long ago, an army of kids on bikes threw papers onto porches and carports after school. I was one of those kids. Delivering The Lancaster News was my first job, in 1968. 

The paper switched to morning delivery 25 years ago, and since then its carriers have mostly been adults with motor routes, supplementing their income from other work.


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