• Mission Accomplished

    Gonzie Mackey’s shop, packed with 135 bicycles by a generous community after he was cleaned out by thieves a few months ago, is empty again.
    He gave them all away to eager parents and grandparents this week. His “Miracle Bikes” will appear beside Christmas trees all across Lancaster County nine mornings from now, as they have for several years.
    Mackey gets choked up talking about it.
    “This don’t have nothing to do with bicycles,” he said this week. “God is using it to tell the story he wants told.”

  • City council pays tribute to Carter

    A day after retiring as police chief, Harlean Carter was presented with her service sidearm Tuesday by Lancaster City Council in honor of her 26 years with the police department.
    Mayor John Howard called it bittersweet occasion. “It’s a sad night and a happy night,” he said.
    Capt. Scott Grant said many of the Lancaster Police Department’s existing operational policies were crafted by Carter when she was still a sergeant.
    “The people who know appreciate that,” Grant said, before presenting the engraved Glock pistol to her.

  • 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.