• He saved her life, and she won’t stop saying thanks

    Thomas Burdette has saved quite a few lives in 22 years as a paramedic.
    Usually he never sees those people again. Occasionally someone will send a thank you note or stop by to shake his hand.
    Then there’s Daniela Pagan, who takes appreciation to a whole new level.
    Burdette was one of the first responders when Pagan suffered a massive heart attack 15 months ago, and Pagan won’t let him and the team at Lancaster County EMS forget her.

  • 9/11 stair-climb fundraiser coming up

    Sept. 11, 2001, is a day most Americans will never forget. For two groups of Lancaster firefighters, it is a memory they will use next month to strengthen their own bonds and to raise money for the families of first responders who died that day.
    For the past four years, both groups have participated in the Charlotte 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. This year’s event is Sept. 9.

  • 40-year term in child-sex case stymied for 15 years

    After awaiting trial since 2002 in the backlogged Sixth District, a Lancaster man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday for child molestation that spanned a decade and started when the victim was 3 years old.
    Guadalupe Guzman Morales, 46, of 1147 Paladin Road, was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

  • Controversy over honoring Lancaster’s J. Marion Sims

    Protesters in New York are demanding the removal of a Central Park statue honoring one of Lancaster’s most famous native sons, Dr. J. Marion Sims, citing his experimental surgeries on slaves in the mid-1800s.
    And the mayor of Columbia is making the same point about a Sims monument at the S.C. Capitol.
    In a nationally televised interview last week, Mayor Steve Benjamin said the most “wholly offensive” statue on the State House grounds isn’t a Confederate monument.

  • Last 3 defendants sentenced in Tran killing

    The three remaining suspects in Indian Land killing of 20-year-old Randy Tran were sentenced to between 2.5 and 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to lesser charges in the case.
    Na’Chon Jakeh Hayden, Chris Dawan Glass and Tony Eugene Maynard were sentenced Friday in Lancaster County General Sessions Court. On Wednesday, triggerman David Antonio Kucinski was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

  • Arrests in killing of 17-year-old

    Two Lancaster men have been charged in the Aug. 18 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Daquan Blackmon.

    Travis Belk, 25, was arrested Thursday night by the Chester County Sheriff’s Office. Belk was charged with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.

    Quinterius Lamont Clinton, 23, was charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

    Blackmon was shot about 10:15 p.m. in the 400 block of East Arch Street in downtown Lancaster.

  • Used-book sales keep volunteers hopping at library

    Crystal O’Gorman
    Special to The Lancaster News

    The Friends of the Del Webb Library oversees the Chapters Used Book Room and book sales at the Del Webb Library. It brings in more than $10,000 per year for the library, and it wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of three long-standing committee members and volunteers.

  • New pastor leads VW Methodists

    The Rev. Tim Espar is the new pastor at the Church of the Good Shepherd and Van Wyck United Methodist churches.
    Since last fall, Espar, 68, who transferred from pastoral ministry in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, has been working with local Methodist officials to relocate near his new Indian Land home. He began as minister July 2.

  • Bluegrass & barbecue

    What is better than a night out with good food and good music?
    Knowing you are supporting a good cause at the same time, say organizers of Habitat for Humanity’s fifth-annual “Bluegrass, Barbecue & Building,” set for this Saturday, 5-9 p.m. at USCL’s Bundy Auditorium and the Arnold Special Events Room.
    This year’s lineup features Nashville recording artists the Larry Stephenson Band, along with the Hinson Girls and Flatland Express. The Sun City Cloggers will clog between band performances.

  • Let’s just get married right after the eclipse

    Travis and Samantha Dry will have no trouble remembering the date of their wedding – Aug. 21, the Great American Eclipse Day.
    It was a spur-of-the-moment decision. The Buford couple got engaged last week, almost exactly one year after they became reacquainted at their 10-year high school reunion.
    On Saturday, they talked about when the wedding might be, and Travis threw out the idea of getting married on the 21st, the anniversary of their first date. When they realized the astronomical significance of Monday, it seemed like a celestial sign.