• Ben Carson to hold rally in Lancaster

    As the field narrows in this year’s presidential race, Republican candidate Ben Carson is tentatively set to visit Lancaster on Monday, Feb. 15, the first time a candidate has visited the city this election season.
    Carson is scheduled to tour Nutramax Laboratories, 946 Quality Drive, at 12:30 p.m., followed by a visit to Carolina Christian Academy, 1850 Kershaw Camden Highway, from 2 to 3 p.m. Only the CCA visit is open to the public.
    Kristen Blanchard, vice president of external corporate affairs for Nutramax, said the event is coming together quickly.

  • Gunfire scatters fast-food customers

    Gunfire in the McDonald’s parking lot in Lancaster late Tuesday, Feb. 9, sent a group of students and restaurant patrons running for cover.
    Now the Lancaster Police Department is looking for those who are responsible.
    “We have investigators out on the street this morning running down leads,” Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said Thursday.
    The incident happened just after 10 p.m. Feb. 9 in the east end of the restaurant’s parking lot.

  • Man charged in mom’s murder

    A report of a suspicious man at a bank in Kershaw led to the discovery of his mother’s body at their home on Flat Creek Road and his arrest in her killing.
    Robert Allen Hypes, 36, of 7248 Flat Creek Road, is charged with murder in the death of Carolyn Marie Taurino, 57.
    Deputies found Taurino’s body in her home Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 10, lying on the floor in the doorway of a bedroom, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said in a statement Thursday. Taurino, who used a wheelchair, had been shot several times.

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 3 of 4

    Ignoring the pain in his swollen feet and the rash that now consumed a large part of his left leg, Wesley Dry pressed on toward the summit in front of him.
    Days of hiking along Pennsylvania’s notoriously rocky terrain on the Appalachian Trail had taken their toll, but Dry wasn’t about to let a little discomfort ruin the experience.

  • Hundreds leave ILHS due to social-media fears

    Desks sat empty and some classes were half-full at Indian Land High School on Monday, Feb. 8, after a student comment spread on social media, causing almost 200 students to either stay home or leave early from school.
    Bryan Vaughn, safety director for the Lancaster County School District, said the mass exodus of students, about 20 percent of the student population, stemmed from concerns about a vague student comment reported Friday.

  • Family gets keys to 15th local Habitat home

    For years, Shawnta Lang wanted more for her children, but her American dream of owning a home was out of reach.
    Not anymore. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, that dream became a reality Monday when the mother of three reached out and took the door keys of 1123 Ten Oaks Drive from Barry Felner and Jerri Lynn Sanders.
    “Welcome to your new home,” Felner told Lang, putting the keys in her hand.
    A shy and tearful Lang thanked everyone who made her dream of homeownership come true.

  • Local man dies during Super Bowl celebration

    Lancaster businessman William Rucker died Sunday while he and eight members of his close-knit family were in the San Francisco area celebrating Super Bowl 50.
    “It’s absolutely devastating,” his father, Lancaster dentist Douglas Rucker, said Monday, Feb. 8.
    Rucker, 44, collapsed at Fisherman’s Wharf on Sunday moments after former Carolina Panthers wide receiver and ESPN analyst Keshawn Johnson gave a football to William’s 9-year-old son, Aaron “Little Aaron” Rucker.

  • Panthers loss doesn’t tarnish fans’ Super Bowl 50 experience

    The disappointment of the Panthers losing Super Bowl 50 didn’t totally tarnish a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Lancaster fans attending Sunday’s NFL Championship game.
    “We were disappointed with the loss, but overall it was a great experience,” said Dr. Mark Makhuli, a urologist with Comprehensive Urology in Lancaster. “It was awesome. We explored San Francisco and the NFL Experience. It was great.”

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 2 of 4

    Wesley Dry sprinted around a blind curve on the trail, searching for the person yelling up ahead as dusk fell on the forest.
    What he saw froze him in place.
    Ten feet ahead stood an adult black bear, its eyes locked on Dry’s.
    Time slowed to a crawl. Dry stood there for several seconds, waiting to see what the animal would do next.
    It was quiet. The sounds of rustling trees and his own breathing filled Dry’s ears.
    His mind flashed to every lesson he’d ever learned about black bears.

  • Lancaster Children’s Home volunteer charged with giving alcohol to minor

    A volunteer with Lancaster Children’s Home has been charged with giving a teenage resident alcohol.
    Heather Myers, 46, of 2622 Knotty Pine Drive, Lancaster, was charged Tuesday with one misdemeanor count of giving beer or wine to a minor, transfer or gift.  
    Lancaster County sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said Myers was listed in investigative reports as a “direct care giver” with the organization.