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  • Ball games and Bible studies

    Madison Barrett
    For The Lancaster News

    Two Victory Sports Outreach Camps drew almost 100 kids to schools at Buford and Barr Street this week for a program that resembled both a sports camp and a vacation Bible school.
    Seven Lancaster County Baptist churches joined together to sponsor the camps. VSO’s mission is to provide both sports instruction and Christian ministry.

  • From mayor’s shirts to mayor’s quilt

    At Tuesday’s meeting of Lancaster City Council, Charlotte Shaw, widow of the city’s longest-serving mayor, was given a quilt made from his shirts bearing the city’s logo.

    Joe Shaw, who was mayor for 33 years, died last November.

    Several months ago, Charlotte Shaw brought several of his shirts by City Hall to be given to municipal employees, but city staff decided to have a quilt sewn for her, instead. 

  • Will deadly amoeba be killed before water reaches us?

    Almost a month after an Ohio teen died from a “brain-eating amoeba” found in the water at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, officials are still deciding how to dispose of that water. 

    The U.S. National Whitewater Center closed June 24, but it still contains12 million gallons of water in a big pool. 

  • Pokémania

    The mobile game that has swept the nation in the past two weeks is getting many young Lancaster residents off their couches and into the city to play.  

    It’s called Pokémon Go.

    The “augmented reality” app ties the virtual world of Pokémon to real-life landmarks around downtown Lancaster and across the country.

  • Trucks demolishing IL road

    Residents of Indian Land’s Legacy Park subdivision say heavy construction traffic from a neighboring development is destroying two of the community’s roads.

    Leslie Jamieson of Xandra Court has lived in the neighborhood for seven years and walks her dogs along Vance Baker Road twice a day.

    Jamieson said since July 5, a steady stream of dump-truck traffic in and out of a new development at the end of the road has caused severe cracking along the shoulder of Vance Baker.

  • Sheriff’s office to raise money for 2 employees’ medical costs

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office will hold a hotdog fundraiser next Wednesday, July 20, for two employees who have sons with costly medical conditions.
    “Both children have conditions that will require repeated and continual medical care and visits,” Maj. Matt Shaw said Thursday. “The families have had to travel to medical facilities outside of local area.”

  • Lightning the likely cause of church fire

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    As many as three lightning strikes were determined to be the cause of last week’s fire that severely damaged Lando Baptist Church in eastern Chester County.
    According to Eddie Murphy, chief of the Lando Fire Department, lighting struck the church on July 7 about 7:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.
    “The fire cooked in the attic for about four hours before it got out,” Murphy said.

  • 8th-annual Kids Day Festival growing

    Lancaster’s eighth-annual National Youth Empowerment Kid’s Day Festival is expected to see its largest year yet, after the county school district joined the effort and invited its 12,000 students to attend.
    Festival organizer Ja'Von Crockett is a Lancaster native and an Atlanta hair stylist with a passion for children and community ministry. His festival began seven years ago on Lancaster’s Hampton Road in front of his mother’s home.

  • Great Flood of 1916

    One hundred years ago this week, no one here knew history-making floodwaters were barreling down from the N.C. mountains toward Lancaster County. And by the time they arrived, it was too late to warn anybody.
    “The old-timers from here who witnessed it called it the greatest flood since Noah,” said local historian Lindsay Pettus, explaining how three mid-July days in 1916 changed life along the Catawba River. “At the time, nobody had ever seen anything quite like it.”

  • Foxhole demand swamps county

    Scores of Indian Land residents seeking access stickers to dispose of household trash at the Foxhole Recycling Center in Mecklenburg County have been turned away due to a greater than expected demand.
    Up until this month, Indian Land residents were able to use the Foxhole, just north of the state line, free through an agreement made with Mecklenburg County after Lancaster County closed the community’s convenience center on Jim Wilson Road in 2013.