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  • Justice rally slated for Saturday

    A weekend rally by a civil rights organization will center on education, fairness, unity and empowerment.

    The National Action Network, a civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton, is holding a justice rally at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Washington Baptist Church on East Meeting Street.

    John Barnett, president of the York County National Action Network, said the rally will give people in the community a chance to share concerns related to law enforcement and employment.

  • 5 candidates for countywide posts face no opposition Tuesday

    Five candidates seeking countywide positions are expected to sail to easy victories in Tuesday's election.

    The reason: They face no opponents.

    Barring a successful write-in campaign, Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris, Clerk of Court Jeff Hammond, Treasurer Dick Rowell and Auditor Cheryl Morgan will all retain their offices. They are all Democrats.

  • Landmark takes papers off market

    Landmark Media Enterprises LLC, citing the credit crisis, announced Wednesday that it has taken most of its properties, including The Lancaster News, off the market. But the company is continuing negotiations to sell its flagship paper, The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk.

    "We are having discussions regarding The Virginian-Pilot Media Companies with an interested buyer," Landmark's vice chairman, Richard F. Barry III, said Wednesday. "The buyer is encouraged about obtaining financing."

  • Unopposed McGriff seeks fifth term on school board

    She said she's running for office again because of her love of children.

    Charlene McGriff is running unopposed for the District 2 seat on the Lancaster County school board in Tuesday's election.

    McGriff, 56, has served on the board 1994. She is seeking her fifth term.

    "All my love and energy go toward children," said McGriff, the current board chairwoman. "That's what I do."

    McGriff wants to help ensure that everything the board does is for the betterment of the students.

  • Voters to decide fate of referendum in election

    It was once a question of if Lancaster County would build a courthouse using a 1-cent sales tax.

    That was before a fire set by an arsonist destroyed the second floor of the 180-year-old Lancaster County Courthouse on Aug. 4.

    The courthouse was being used then as a working court facility, and county officials were making plans to build a new one.

    But the fire changed the tone of the referendum. Now, Lancaster County must have a new courthouse, county officials say.

  • Two Lancaster men shot

    Two Lancaster men were reportedly shot while playing cards at a Rock Street home early Thursday.

    The two men – ages 25 and 19 – were inside the home when they heard three gunshots, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. One man was shot in the right arm and the other was shot in the lower right abdomen.

    The incident happened just after midnight.

  • Accusations fly in District 16 race

    The battle continues as the candidates for the state Senate District 16 seat bicker over a mountain of accusations.

    Democrat Mandy Powers Norrell and Republican Mick Mulvaney have spent much of the final days before Tuesday's election responding to complaints from each other's campaign.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Norrell accused Mulvaney of supporting "push polling," a technique used in political elections where people are asked fake poll questions designed to tarnish the reputation of a candidate.

  • Gang activity up in county

    Bullets are flying in city neighborhoods, and the Lancaster Police Department has formed a crime suppression unit to battle the problem.

    The police department is working with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, State Law Enforcement Division and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to get guns and those who are using them recklessly off the streets, Police Chief Hugh White said.

  • Festival, art draw sure to delight kids, adults

    Downtown will be a treat for children and adults on Halloween night.

    Geared toward the younger set, the city of Lancaster is holding its annual Halloween festival that has been a big hit with children for the past several years. The festival will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

    For the adults, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts has tricks and treats in store with its second arts draw.

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  • Willis to speak on referendum concerns

    It's down to the wire, and County Administrator Steve Willis will be out this week in several parts of the county to answer voters questions about the upcoming sales tax referendum.

    County Council proposed a bond referendum to pay for a new courthouse before the historic Lancaster County Courthouse burned on Aug. 4. Before the fire, residents were to vote on whether to build a new courthouse at all.