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  • John Newell, veteran of 3 wars, gets Quilt of Valor

    John Newell, 97, was presented with a Quilt of Valor in May by the Springs Creative Open Hearts quilting group at his home in Lancaster.  

    Newell was in the Army for 23 years, serving in three wars. He was an infantry corporal in World War II. After leaving the military, he re-enlisted during the Korean War and served as an infantry staff sergeant. During the Vietnam War, he served as staff sergeant in an artillery division.

  • Another scam to add to the list: mystery shopper

    Reece Murphy 

     “We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to participate,” the employment ad said. “Your wages would be $260 for any work you carry out and you can carry out two assignments in a week.”

  • High-profile killings spark anger, worries

    Mandy Catoe

    mcatoe@thelancasternews.com

    Kayland Hagwood

    khagwood@thelancasternews.com

     

    The tragic killings this week in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas prompted reactions of anger, fear and hope for peace in Lancaster County as they did across the country.

  • Alcohol petition checking begins

    An initiative to allow Lancaster County stores to sell beer and wine on Sundays is likely heading to the November general election ballot after a group pushing the cause turned in a completed petition Wednesday for certification.

  • Eyesore plagues Jackie’s Place

    Jackie Brown, whose nonprofit Jackie’s Place has been caring for children and the elderly in Lancaster’s old mill village for more than two decades, saw the buildings next door collapse during a storm in March. 

    And there they have sat for four months, a pile of asbestos-filled rubble, attracting rodents and vagrants and tempting children to explore. 

  • Bill Evans, storyteller and friend, dies at 83

    My friend Bill Evans, even at 83, saw the world through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy.               
    Though he was a proud husband for 65 years, a dad, grandfather and great-grandpa, he never grew up. And gosh, I’m so glad he didn’t.

  • Sister’s murder leads to ministry

    Tabernacle United Methodist Church will have special guest Dawn Smith Jordan leading worship at 11 a.m. this Sunday. 

    Jordan, who was Miss South Carolina in 1986, travels the country spreading her faith. She is a Christian singer, songwriter, author and speaker. 

    Jordan also shares what she learned from the tragedy of her sister’s murder.

  • North Corner Grocery suspect shopped for cars before holdup

    A man who robbed North Corner Grocery Tuesday afternoon spent several minutes before the robbery at a nearby car lot, a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Wednesday.
    The item was among the new information about the 12:30 p.m. robbery at 3647 Charlotte Highway released Wednesday by sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield.
    According to Barfield, video surveillance from the store showed the suspect approach the store in a mid- to late-1990s Ford Expedition from West North Corner Road sometime around 12:20.

  • REMEMBER WHEN: My neighbor, ‘Little Ben,’ is in the wind

    My first car, well almost.               
    To tell the tale of my first car, I have to sorta beat around the bush.
    It’s more or less the one I almost got, but then didn’t. I shook it off as one of those summer things.
    My neighbor (I’ll call him Mr. Ben) was considered to be a bit eccentric.
    As they say, he really did march to a different drummer. He was a much older man who lived across from us on Chesterfield Avenue.

  • Scorching weekend

    Whew! It is hot.
    According to the National Weather Service, Lancaster County and the surrounding area are in the midst of an unseasonably warm heat wave.
    How much heat, you ask?
    Since June 20, Lancaster County has had 17 straight days of temperatures above 90 degrees, more than half above 95 degrees.
    This month alone, the area has seen five straight days between July 2 and Wednesday where temperatures topped 99 degrees or higher – including July 3 when temperatures in some parts of the area reached a mind-melting 104.