• Mom takes plea in Soren’s death

    April Victoria Gleason could spend up to 30 years in prison after entering an Alford plea on Thursday in connection with the child-abuse death of her 5-year-old daughter, Soren Chilson.
    Vickie Gleason, 31, is accused of helping cover up repeated abuse by then-boyfriend Phillip Bryan Gleason that ultimately led to Soren’s death on March  5, 2013.

  • Collapsed buildings beside Jackie’s Place cleared away

    Jackie’s Place, the slender brick building in the last remaining commercial strip on Brooklyn Avenue, now stands alone.
    At a cost of $40,000, the county has cleared away the rubble next door, the remnants of two buildings that collapsed during a storm in March, according to Lancaster County zoning official Kenneth Cauthen.
    Those two buildings once connected Jackie’s Place, a nonprofit children’s charity owned by Jackie Brown that used to be a taxi stand, to the rest of the stores in the strip.

  • Building the infrastructure to keep pace with IL boom

    The relocation of CompuCom Systems’ Texas headquarters and 1,500 jobs to Indian Land is yet another sign of the Panhandle’s remarkable economic pull.
    But for some residents, that growth comes with growing pains.

  • This Week

    Coming Events

    Christmas Parade winners announced

    Winners for the Lancaster Christmas Parade are as follows:

    Brightest - Lynches River

    Best Use of Theme (Ugly Christmas Sweater) - Encore Studios

  • SMH moves to ‘plain language’ intercom alerts

    When you’re at Springs Memorial Hospital, you often hear color-coded alerts over the intercom.
    If you’re not an employee, you probably don’t know that a “code red” means there’s a fire or that “code grey” means an active shooter is in the building.
    That will change Monday, when Springs Memorial Hospital switches from its 14-color code system to “Emergency Code Plain Language.” Codes will be read over the intercom in plain English, explaining the alert.

  • LACH poverty simulator opens participants’ eyes

    Amanda Harris
    For The Lancaster News

    The Epperman family lost its house to foreclosure and neither they nor their neighbors ate for a week.
    These situations were just a simulated taste of what people living in poverty experience daily. Sponsored by the United Way of Lancaster County’s Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless, or LACH, a poverty simulator put residents in the shoes of struggling families as part of national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

  • Tina Plyler wins award from probation agency

    From release

    Tina Plyler of Lancaster has been named Administrative Support Staff Employee of the Year by the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
    Plyler is a field office specialist in the agency’s Lancaster County office. She is a graduate of Lancaster High School and a four-year employee of the agency.

  • Christmas basket up to $3,630

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket has received 17 more donations this week, bringing the total to $3,630.
    This year’s goal is $10,000.
    “The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket fund is a longstanding tradition in the Lancaster community,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director for HOPE of Lancaster. “I am confident that the community will help us toward our goal and help us keep this tradition alive.”
    The money raised will be used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.

  • Licko’s ‘A Celtic Christmas’ back in Lancaster Thursday

    Nita Brown
    For The Lancaster News
    Celebrating its sixth year of sold-out concerts in the Carolinas, The Jennifer Licko Band’s “A Celtic Christmas” returns to Lancaster with a new Christmas album release.

  • Free theater showing of a Christmas classic

    With two weeks until Christmas, maybe you need a break from the shopping, the decorating, the pre-holiday bustle.
    Tuesday night, treat yourself and those you love to a Christmas film classic the way it was seen on the big screen in 1947. At 6 p.m., Crown Cinema and Agape Hospice will show “Miracle on 42nd Street.” The movie is free, and popcorn and a drink cost just $3. Crown Cinema is at 1041 W. Meeting St. in Lancaster.