• Sixth-graders, freshmen acclimate with orientation

    New schools, new rules, new expectations; top of the food chain one year, small fry the next; no idea where to go, how to act, what to expect.

    Sixth- and ninth-graders have a lot more in common than you’d think on the first day of school.

    That’s why hundreds of Lancaster County students in those grades have something else in common: orientation day.

  • City to address sewer overflow

    Many city of Lancaster sewer customers will one day benefit directly from ongoing efforts to assess wastewater overflow issues.

    Following a closed session during its Tuesday, Aug. 13, meeting, City Council voted unanimously to use $70,800 in city money for an assessment of the sewer system near the Northside pump station. Affected areas include Kings Circle, Old Greenbriar Drive and West Arch Street.

    This action stems from ongoing talks with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which mandated the study.

  • Council sets price for old Springs store

    Another door is now open for interested industries to move to Lancaster County, as county officials recently set a formal asking price for the county’s former Springs store/former temporary courthouse.

    At its Monday, Aug. 12 meeting, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved a base asking price of $965,000 for the building, at 3888 Chester Highway (S.C. 9) near the Chester County line, while also allowing for future negotiation of the price if a company ever showed interest in the property. 

  • 20-year sentence

    A teenager, who changed his plea to guilty during his armed robbery trial this week, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

    Joshua Xazier Wilks, 18, pleaded guilty to the charge on Tuesday, Aug. 13, during the second day of his trial, according to a press release from Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    Barfield said a jury was selected in Wilks’ case Monday morning and testimony began that afternoon related to a Jan. 16, 2012, armed robbery of a man at a bank ATM.

  • $750K price tag City to upgrade 911 system

    The city of Lancaster has made a significant move toward the upgrade of its E-911 system. 

    Following a closed session during City Council’s meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13, council voted unanimously to enter into a contract with New World Systems. 

    That company, which provides government and public-safety software, will supply the city with a new 911 CAD (computer-aided dispatch) system as well as a new records-management system. 

  • School’s back in session The other side of the desk

    The first-day classroom butterflies applies to teachers, too. 

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore knows well what Buford High School Biology and Physical Science teacher Patrick Marshall and South Middle School teacher Nick Thompson will be going through Monday morning, Aug. 19. They are among the county’s first year teachers. 

  • Sheriff questions Sunday alcohol sales

    Among the arguments made by opponents of a November 2012 ballot measure to allow Sunday alcohol sales at county restaurants was that should it pass, it would only be a matter of time before convenience stores got in on the action.

    As it turns out, those against it may have been right.

  • Council considers changes to Santa Train

    Although it’s mid-August and the weather is still scorching hot, Lancaster City Council members spent plenty of time this week reflecting on a Christmastime tradition.

  • Police investigate stabbing, shots-fired incident on Hampton Road

    Detectives continue speaking with witnesses to find out what happened Friday, Aug. 9, when a man was stabbed and a car was shot at outside a Lancaster home. 

  • Van Wyck residents fire suggestions at meeting for explosives plant

    VAN WYCK – Amidst concerns over operations and safety, explosives manufacturer Dyno Nobel reached out to its Van Wyck neighbors at a community meeting Aug. 6 to introduce themselves and say their product was safe.