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  • New connection between 2 street killings

    A Wednesday bond hearing in one of Lancaster’s recent street killings revealed a suspected connection between that case and another murder two weeks later.
    Prosecutors asserted that Allen Cooper, a 17-year-old Lancaster High basketball player killed April 26 outside Hope on the Hill, participated in the April 11 drive-by murder of Mar’Quise “Mini Me” Evans.

  • West Meeting power outage closes two county offices for the day

    A Wednesday morning power outage in the Meeting Street corridor has prompted Lancaster County to close two offices and curtail activities at a third for the day.

    The outages - impacting 7,800 customers - were fixed within three hours, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy's vice president of community affairs.

    Jiran said the outages were due to a transformer problem.

    The Lancaster County Economic Department and Lancaster County Veteran Affairs offices, both in the 1000 block of West Meeting Street, are closed.

  • Farm animals galore await kids in Van Wyck

    A new animal farm dedicated to children with special needs is coming alive in Van Wyck.

    Bristol’s For Joy, started by Rebecca Templeton Barrows, will have its grand opening and fundraiser 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, on its 20-acre location, 4707 Three Crow Rd.

    Barrows was inspired to start the farm after quickly realizing there weren’t many places that catered to Bristol, her 6-year-old daughter with autism.

    Barrows, who is originally from England, said a friend who has a similar farm in Charlotte inspired her.

  • Ceremony honors 9/11 victims, notes city’s recent trauma

    Mark Manicone
    mmanicone@thelancasternews.com

    Irma’s howling wind and driving rain Monday weren’t enough to keep a group of Lancaster citizens from honoring those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
    Pastors from multiple local churches gathered with Lancaster firefighters and other citizens to pray for those affected by the terrorist attack 16 years ago. The crowd at the Historic Courthouse totaled about 20.

  • Woman grabs 2 sons, flees burning home in Brooklyn

    Mark Manicone
    mmanicone@thelancasternews.com

    Artrise Stalk awoke to flames in her bedroom Monday afternoon at her house in Brooklyn. She grabbed her two young sons and ran out the door.
    “I was asleep, and I heard a big bang. I woke up and there were flames everywhere,” Stalk said, still shaking an hour later at her cousin’s house down the street.
    She and her sons made it out uninjured, but lost many of their belongings in the fire.

  • Firefighters join solemn 9/11 stair climb

    Eighteen Lancaster County firefighters and three guests climbed 110 flights of stairs at the Duke Energy Building in Uptown Charlotte on Saturday during the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
    They were among 714 climbers who raised $21,000 for the families of New York firefighters who died in the attack on the 110-story World Trade Center.

  • Irma's Impact

    Tropical Storm Irma left Lancaster County littered with debris and 1,400 power outages on Tuesday as it spun past the state and into the Tennessee Valley.
    Duke Energy line crews here were working around the clock to restore power to homes. There were still 532 power outages in the county at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
    “Irma didn’t pick on any part of Lancaster County more than another,” said Rick Jiran, Duke’s vice president of community relations.

  • Scattered damage, power outages in Lancaster County

    Gregory A. Summers and Hannah L. Strong

    The Lancaster News

    The remnants of Irma blew through Lancaster County overnight, leaving more than 1,200 homes without power and scattered debris and downed trees in many places.

    At daybreak, winds were light and rain was still falling. By mid-morning, the storm's last rain bands had moved to our north, and blue skies were beginning to peak through.

    Lancaster County schools were on a two-hour delay after being canceled Monday.

  • Post office meeting canceled

    A U.S. Postal Service meet and greet with postal officials scheduled for Sept. 11 in Fort Mill has been canceled due to anticipated inclement weather from Hurricane Irma.

    "Safety is a top priority for the U.S. Postal Service," USPS spokesman Philip Bogenberger said Friday. "We plan to reschedule the event soon and will notify the public when a new date is selected."

  • 78-year-old community caregiver inspires me

    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 clear off a stool to sit in the narrowest building I’ve ever been inside.
    It used to be a taxi stand.
    It still has the old cigarette rack behind the counter that reads “Camel. Winston. Salem.”
    But it’s not full of cigarettes anymore.
    Instead of stacks of cigarettes, the cubbyholes hold vitamins and ibuprofen and old photos.