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  • Brrrrrrrrrr!

    Blistering cold and high winds gripped Lancaster County Thursday, extending a weeklong spell of frigid weather, and there’s no sign of a letup until Monday.
    “It’s been at least several years since it’s been this cold,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis. “Last year we just skated along.”
    Friday will be the 12th consecutive day of below-average temperatures here. The county has struggled to break freezing most days, with highs in low to mid-30s.

  • Lancaster woman charged in toddler's beating death

    A 25-year-old Lancaster woman has been charged in the Dec. 18 beating death of her boyfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.
    Kayla Marie Cook was charged with homicide by child abuse in the killing of Lilly Schroeder, whom first responders picked up at their home, 418 Heath Circle in Lancaster.
    Cook was arrested in Kings Mountain, N.C., by the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 29.
    The arrest warrant says numerous bruises were “observed on several parts of the victim’s body.”

  • IL church offers scouting options for kids

    Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

    The Boy Scouts of America announced plans last year to accept girls, marking a historic shift for the century-old organization and setting off a debate about where girls better learn how to be leaders.
    Amidst the tension caused by the Boy Scouts’ changes, one local church offers alternatives to scouting programs for youth that immediately filled with members. 

  • New year means new laws for S.C. drivers

    The new income tax credit to offset the gas tax increase isn’t the only change to impact South Carolinians this year.
    Three more provisions tied to the new legislation also went into effect Monday, Jan. 1.
    It now costs more to register cars and trucks with the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
    Car and truck owners in the state will pay $16 more in registration fees every two years.

  • House fire on 11th St.

    A fire that broke out in an 11th Street home Monday afternoon is still under investigation.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said they believe the fire started outside of the house in the area near the back door.
    “It’s not a total loss, but it is not habitable,” Rogers said.
    The two residents of the home were able to make it out safely after a neighbor alerted them to the blaze. American Red Cross has assisted the family.

  • BUNDLE UP!

    Mark Manicone
    mmanicone@thelancasternews.com
    The Piedmont area and much of the state will be impacted bone-chilling cold this week.
    Temperatures will struggle to break the freezing mark, especially in the mountain areas, with lows in the mid-to- upper teens and wind chill values in the single digits, according to the National Weather Service.
    Lancaster County Schools are operating on a two-hour delay today for students because of the bitter cold. Staff reported to work at normal times this morning. 

  • 23 markers destroyed at historic cemetery

    Vandals desecrated the historic Olde Presbyterian Church cemetery in Lancaster overnight New Year’s Eve toppling, and breaking 23 gravestones, some dating back to the early 1800s.
    It’s the second time the cemetery has been vandalized in a year and a half.
    “It’s a travesty and outrageous,” said John Craig Jr., chairman of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation.

  • County students on 2-hour delay Wednesday

    The Lancaster County School District will operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday due to the possible impact of early morning temperatures on school buses.
    Wednesday morning’s low temperature is forecast at about 15 degrees.
    The district’s teachers and 12-month employees will report to work on normal schedule.

  • Correction: Students go back to school Wednesday

    Lancaster County School District students return to school Wednesday, not Tuesday as reported in the Sunday, Dec. 31, edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund still short of goal

    Now going into its fifth week, the Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket fund has raised almost $7,200, which is significantly short of its $10,000 goal. They will continue to accept donations through Jan. 5.
    “We had, of course, hoped to reach the $10,000 goal but would at least like to make it to $8500,” said Bekah Clawson, director of HOPE.
    “HOPE depends solely on contributions from the community to sustain the Christmas Basket Program each year,” she said.