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  • Longtime BHS coach Sam Page dies at 75

    Sam Page, a former Buford High School head football coach who remained a big part of the school’s athletic family for three decades, died Thursday. He was 75.
    Page, whose health had declined in recent years, died in his sleep at his home in the Buford community.
    “For 30 years, Coach Page had his hands in the Buford sports programs in some way,” said Buford Athletics Director Eric Funderburk. “When I got the news, it hit me hard. I had Coach Page as a driver’s ed teacher, and he coached me in football.

  • Jail time in road rage death

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Charles Levi Small was convicted of reckless homicide Wednesday in a 2013 road-rage accident on Camp Creek Road that killed 26-year-old Jeffrey Whitener.
    Small, 28, will spend eight months behind bars and three years on probation. He entered an Alford plea, not admitting guilt but acknowledging that there was enough evidence to convict him. An Alford plea is a type of conviction.

  • Armed man barricades himself in house

    An armed man barricaded himself in his Ruth Street home late Thursday and was in a standoff with county authorities who were trying to talk him into surrendering.
    “Obviously, it’s a very dangerous situation when you have someone armed,” said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield. “He has expressed intent to harm himself or others.”
    Ruth Street runs between Great Falls Highway and Springdale Road and is a block away from the junction of Airport and Memorial Park roads.

  • Jim Wilson, longtime finance official, dies at 67

    Jim Wilson had a knack for numbers and was downright persnickety about them, Mayor John Howard recalled Tuesday.
    “He’d be checking and double-checking everything to the nth to make sure it was right,” Howard said. “Numbers were his forte. Jim could sit down with a spreadsheet or a project and would be right at home.”
    Wilson, who served as finance director for both the city of Lancaster and Lancaster County, died Friday at his home in Lancaster after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 67.

  • Fall’s fireworks arrive

    This week is prime time for enjoying fall foliage across the Piedmont, and there are plenty of places in Lancaster County popping with reds, yellows and oranges.
    Popular places for oohs and aahs include Forty Acre Rock and Andrew Jackson and Lansford Canal state parks, but you can really just go for a ride anywhere in the county and take in the beauty.
    Lancaster resident Colleen Richards said each part of the county has its own unique character.

  • This murder hits me close to home

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I rush to a house on South York Street last Sunday afternoon, minutes after getting word of a homicide there.
    Almost 24 hours later, police still haven’t told me how 58-year-old Mildred Burris Arnold was killed. But I have a gut feeling it wasn’t a gunshot.

  • Column: Greenway’s goal: A more walkable, inviting Lancaster

    As the daylight hours continue to shorten and the leaves finally begin to turn, I find that I am already preparing for the coming holiday season and all of the fun, family and friends that it promises to bring.
    The fall has long been a time to reflect on past seasons and prepare for future ones. It is in this spirit of thankfulness and preparation that I wanted to speak to you today.
    Lancaster is a fantastic place with all of the charm and Southern hospitality you would expect from a small town populated with good, decent people.

  • Fish camp’s Bobby Edwards dies at 88

    Talk about an endorsement.
    At one time, if you were talking to an out-of-towner and mentioned Lancaster, you would often get back: “Lancaster? That’s where the fish camp is.”

  • ‘I’ve had a great life, and I’m still having it’

    The Lancaster Rotary Club gathered this week to honor S.R. “Buddy” Hungerford III, who has given 70 years of his life to the service organization – and counting.
    Nearly 50 Rotarians filled the Carole Dowling Center at USC Lancaster on Thursday to celebrate his dedication.
    One of the state’s top Rotary leaders, District Gov. Ed Irick, drove down from Greenville to present Hungerford with a wooden plaque engraved with words of gratitude and merit.

  • Free flu shots for veterans

    From release

    The Department of Veterans Affairs has once again teamed up with Walgreens to give free flu shots to all veterans who are enrolled in the VA health-care system.

    To get the vaccinations anytime through March 31, 2018, vets simply need to present a Veterans Identification Card and a photo ID at any participating Walgreens Pharmacy. The Group ID is VAFLU.