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  • Found body is missing Pa. man

    The search for a missing Pennsylvania man officially ended Wednesday after an autopsy confirmed the identity of a body found in a creek bed off Mount Carmel Road earlier this week.

    The remains of Joseph DeVivo, 87, from Stroud Township, Pa., were positively identified following an autopsy conducted early Wednesday morning, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release. 

    Lancaster County and Pennsylvania authorities attended the autopsy.

  • Mike Rao remembered at Blue Alert bill signing

    A Lancaster native who died in the line of duty was remembered as Gov. Nikki Haley signed a measure into law that aims to protect the state’s law enforcement officers.

    On March 6, Haley signed the Blue Alert bill on the Statehouse steps in Columbia. Her action allows for the creation of an alert system that will inform the public when an officer is injured, abducted or killed.

    It will be similar to the Amber Alert, which issues notifications when a child goes missing.

  • Firsts fill the life of Don Funderburk

    Nobody who works at a newspaper ever has an original idea. What we do, is “usurp” from each other.

    I can prove it. The next time you’re on vacation or an extended trip out of town, find a grocery store that has a lot of paper boxes loaded with various local newspapers or a mall with an old-fashioned newsstand.

    If you see someone come up, and stare at the wide array of papers available, then fish change from their pocket or pocketbooks to buy one copy of each fish wrapper, I’d wager that person isn’t bored. 

  • Luck of the Irish

    It’s Tuesday afternoon, March 6, a late-winter day turned glorious spring on Fishing Creek Lake in Fort Lawn.

    Six-year-old Ethan Turner of Lancaster is outside his family’s get-away home crawling around on his hands and knees, head down and peering into an emerald patch of clover.

    It’s one of his favorite things to do.

    “Here’s one,” he says and holds up a four-leaf clover between his tiny fingers.

    Two or three minutes later he finds another. Then another.

  • Rock Hill man not injured in plane crash near Richburg

    Denyse Clark
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – A Rock Hill man flagged down a ride to Lancaster minutes after crash landing a small plane near Richburg on Thursday.
    About 3:25 p.m., a caller to 911 reported she witnessed a plane hit the ground near Mount Ararat Road, near the Circle S Ranch off S.C. 9. Moments later, officials confirmed the crash and initially reported the plane was unmanned.

  • Banks Simpson wins first race at half-mile dirt track

    The first race held at Lancaster Speedway was on Sept. 11, 1954. According to the archives of The Lancaster News, that first race drew a standing-room crowd of more than 6,000 fans. Tommy Washam co-promoted the event with a 27-year-old up-and-comer from Oakboro, N.C., by the name of Bruton Smith.

  • Body found is Pennsylvania man

    A body found Monday night along Mount Carmel Road has been positively identified as a missing Pennsylvania man, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Lancaster County investigators, along with Charlotte and Pennsylvania authorities, say the body is that of Joseph Devivo, 87, from Stroud Township, Pa. The identification was made after an autopsy Wednesday morning.
    Check back for further information.

    Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416

  • Suspicious fire at building

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A smoky haze surrounded an old, brick Springs Industries building Sunday afternoon as several firefighters worked to extinguish a suspicious fire inside.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies, Lancaster police officers and members of the Lancaster, Gooches Crossroads, McDonald Green and Bell Town volunteer fire departments responded at 6:45 p.m. to 1101 Old Landsford Road. The fire was inside a former Springs general office building, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Woman attacked outside a store

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Deputies are searching for leads in an attack on a woman outside a Lancaster convenience store March 5.
    The attack happened at 1:15 p.m. near The Crossroads Grill, 1667 Memorial Park Road, as a 26-year-old Lancaster woman was leaving the store, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
    The victim told deputies she was about to get into her car when an unknown woman got out of a blue Ford Explorer and attacked her from behind, pulling her hair and punching her.

  • Hunting club reports damages

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A group of local hunters enlisted the help of authorities after a recent string of burglaries left them with thousands of dollars in damaged and missing property.
    The incidents, which span several months, were reported Feb. 24 after a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy was called to the 3400 block of Hoke Road in Heath Springs about a report of vandalism, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.