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  • Chief Grant eager to get more boots on the ground this year

    Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant has one goal in the upcoming months – getting rid of his department’s long-running manpower shortage.
    “It’s not easy to be a Lancaster police officer. These guys work,” Grant said. “It’s a hard job, and we ask a lot of our folks. We’ve been asking double that because we’ve been working short.” 
    At one time the department had 14 vacancies among its ranks of 39 sworn officers.

  • Protecting old cemetery from vandals to be costly

    Repairing the tombstones vandalized this week at Lancaster’s Olde Presbyterian Church won’t cost as much as initially feared, but needed security improvements at the historic landmark will carry a much heftier price tag.
    Vandals pushed over or broke 23 headstones at the cemetery on West Gay Street on New Year’s Eve. Thirteen grave markers were damaged there in a similar incident in August 2016.

  • ‘Kind of impossible’

    If you were lucky this week, your only exposure to the excruciating temperatures was a series of coat-hugging sprints between a car and a warm building.
    Tiffany Mingo was not so fortunate.
    She is one of the 33 mail carriers working out of the Lancaster Post Office on North Main Street. They’ve battled day after day of sub-freezing temperatures and whipping winds to complete their appointed rounds as swiftly as possible.

  • A bizarre, terrifying sequence of events ends well

    Shatoya Walker was headed to the grocery on Christmas Eve when a phone call from a stranger started the most terrifying 45 minutes of her life.
    Walker, 33, said the man called her by name and asked if she was married to Mark Roston. No, she said, that’s my father.
    “Is everything OK?” Walker asked, instantly alarmed.
    Your father was driving this morning, said the man on the phone. He hit a pedestrian – my 9-year-old cousin Hector. He’s in the hospital.

  • Women’s warming center opens as frigid air settles in

    A women and children’s warming center opened Tuesday at 1232 Trestle Ln. in Lancaster, just in time for this week’s big freeze, but no guests showed up the first two nights.
    “It takes a couple of days to catch on,” said Deborah Boulware, director of Lancaster County United Way, which is spearheading the initiative.
    The center will be open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily through mid-March, Boulware said. Meals are served and security guards, provided through the Salvation Army, stay through the night.

  • Sheriff: Program to help the elderly among 2018 goals

    Sheriff Barry Faile is charged with protecting all the citizens of Lancaster County, but when it comes to new goals for 2018, he’s targeting senior citizens.
    The sheriff’s office already has a program in place to trace elderly residents with cognitive disorders prone to wandering, but Faile said one of his major goals this year is to make sure senior citizens have more information and assistance to keep them safe.

  • Virginia utility to pay $14B for SCANA Corp.

    Utility giant Dominion Energy of Virginia announced Wednesday it will buy SCANA Corp. for $14.6 billion, as fallout continues from the abandoned V.C. Summer Nuclear Station expansion in Fairfield County.
    One of the terms of the deal is providing $1.3 billion in refunds to 600,000-plus S.C. Electric & Gas power customers who experienced nine rate increases to partially bankroll the defunct project. SCANA is the parent company of SCE&G.

  • Brrrrrrrrrr!

    Blistering cold and high winds gripped Lancaster County Thursday, extending a weeklong spell of frigid weather, and there’s no sign of a letup until Monday.
    “It’s been at least several years since it’s been this cold,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis. “Last year we just skated along.”
    Friday will be the 12th consecutive day of below-average temperatures here. The county has struggled to break freezing most days, with highs in low to mid-30s.

  • Lancaster woman charged in toddler's beating death

    A 25-year-old Lancaster woman has been charged in the Dec. 18 beating death of her boyfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.
    Kayla Marie Cook was charged with homicide by child abuse in the killing of Lilly Schroeder, whom first responders picked up at their home, 418 Heath Circle in Lancaster.
    Cook was arrested in Kings Mountain, N.C., by the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 29.
    The arrest warrant says numerous bruises were “observed on several parts of the victim’s body.”

  • IL church offers scouting options for kids

    Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

    The Boy Scouts of America announced plans last year to accept girls, marking a historic shift for the century-old organization and setting off a debate about where girls better learn how to be leaders.
    Amidst the tension caused by the Boy Scouts’ changes, one local church offers alternatives to scouting programs for youth that immediately filled with members.