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  • Barr Street campus to get historic designation?

    In theory, getting the old Barr Street High School campus on East Meeting Street placed on the National Register of Historic Places is a fitting gesture, considering its place in Lancaster County education.
    Members of Lancaster City Council think so and unanimously approved a $3,000 request at their April 26 meeting to fund 120 hours of extensive research required for the application process.

  • ‘My mom saved my life, more than once’

    Most of us who are still blessed to have our mothers will likely buy a card this weekend and maybe take our moms to lunch.
    Bobbie Johnston can't do that and hasn't been able to since Mother's Day 2008. This year she put pen to paper, wrote a letter and tucked it in the door of The Lancaster News. She wanted to share her mom's story with someone.

  • Sen. Scott’s bill would boost growth in poor communities

    From release

    WASHINGTON – Sen. Tim Scott this week introduced the Investing in Opportunity Act, a bipartisan bill proposing a new solution to encourage economic growth and job creation in economically distressed communities.
    The South Carolina Republican was joined by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Reps. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) in introducing the bill, which offers a temporary capital gains deferral in exchange for reinvesting those dollars into distressed communities.

  • Lancaster man gets 5 years in federal drug-trafficking case

    A Lancaster man arrested on drug charges in 2014 after jumping from a moving car during a traffic stop was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison Tuesday, the same day the driver of the car pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge.
    According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles’ office, Martiquos Javon McIlwain, 23, of 804 Chesterfield Ave., was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 64 months followed by five years’ supervised release.

  • Mold removal, electric repairs finished at old Kershaw library

    KERSHAW – Now that mold-laden drywall has been removed from the old memorial library on North Matson Street, civic groups and others using the building won’t have to make other arrangements.
    A roof leak caused widespread mildew and electrical problems in the 68-year-old town-owned building.
    Mitch Lucas, Kershaw interim administrator, said electrical upgrades are also complete.
    While the flat roof was coated in a layer of aluminum sealer in mid-Feburary and some worn roof flashing was replaced, the nagging leak persists.

  • $1M grant would collect, analyze local crime data

    The city of Lancaster will partner with Lancaster County to pursue a three-year, $1 million federal grant that would help address significant crime issues here.
    Administered by the U.S. Justice Department, the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program grant would pay for data collection and analysis geared toward pinpointing trouble spots and exploring possible solutions.

  • Give Local Lancaster blasts past goal

    Fate handed Give Local Lancaster another day of donating and the community rallied, giving 36 local nonprofits more than $60,000.   
    The online total of $60,865 is expected to rise by about $30,000, once prize incentives and matching funds from sponsoring businesses are added, according to the J. Marion Sims Foundation, which led the local effort.
    “One of the marks of a healthy community is the level of engagement of its citizens. I’d say we get high marks there indeed,” said Susan DeVenny, president of the foundation.

  • Mackey’s business hit twice in one week

    A business owned by Lancaster City Councilman Gonzie Mackey has been burglarized twice in less than a week.
    Among the items stolen were several bicycles that were to have been given away as part of Mackey’s annual Christmas bicycle ministry.
    “It seems the more friendly and more you try to help, the worse people take advantage of you,” Mackey said.

  • Web glitch extends Give Local deadline

    Give Local Lancaster has been extended for another 24 hours after heavy online giving nationwide shut down the website that was coordinating the day of crowdfunding for thousands of nonprofits across the country.
    The Lancaster-area drive had raised more than $23,000 – almost halfway to its $50,000 goal – about 1 p.m. when the volume of traffic began crashing servers at Give Local America, the national website through which donations were passing. The site froze just before 4 p.m.

  • Widespread wallop

    A severe thunderstorm cut through central Lancaster County on Monday afternoon, leaving plenty of broken and uprooted trees, damaged buildings and downed electric lines that cut power to more than 1,500 homes and businesses.
    “It was not tornadic, but straight-line winds with sudden downbursts,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder. “We did see quite a bit of damage.”