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  • Web glitch extends Give Local deadline

    Give Local Lancaster has been extended for another 24 hours after heavy online giving nationwide shut down the website that was coordinating the day of crowdfunding for thousands of nonprofits across the country.
    The Lancaster-area drive had raised more than $23,000 – almost halfway to its $50,000 goal – about 1 p.m. when the volume of traffic began crashing servers at Give Local America, the national website through which donations were passing. The site froze just before 4 p.m.

  • Widespread wallop

    A severe thunderstorm cut through central Lancaster County on Monday afternoon, leaving plenty of broken and uprooted trees, damaged buildings and downed electric lines that cut power to more than 1,500 homes and businesses.
    “It was not tornadic, but straight-line winds with sudden downbursts,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder. “We did see quite a bit of damage.”

  • Buford Schools on 2-hour delay

    The Lancaster County School District has issued a 2 hour delay for Buford Elementary, Buford Middle and Buford High School due to power outages in the Buford area. All other schools will operate on the regular school schedule.

  • Lancaster man dies from crash injuries

    Joshua Lloyd, the Lancaster man severely injured in Wednesday's fiery three-car wreck on S.C. 5, has died.

    The Lancaster County Coroner's Office confirmed Friday that Lloyd died from his injuries Thursday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he was airlifted shortly after the wreck.

  • Lancaster man arrested in drug-trafficking case

    A Lancaster man was arrested at his home Friday on drug-trafficking charges, and 13 pounds of marijuana was seized.

    Jonathan Ryan Hardin, 25, of 1869 Shelton St., was charged with trafficking marijuana more than 10 but less than 100 pounds.

    In a joint operation between the U.S. Postal Service and drug agents and investigators of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was obtained for Hardin’s home, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

  • Grace Place, one of the nonprofits that Give Local Lancaster will help

    A safe haven in the middle of a rough neighborhood. An escape where kids can learn and thrive in a safe, uplifting environment. 

    That’s what Carol Lee and Kathy Harden envisioned four years ago when they began Grace Place, an after-school program on Brooklyn Avenue that provides the youth of Lancaster with free tutoring and healthy after-school snacks. 

  • Crafting a new vibe downtown

    A new place to gather is coming to Lancaster’s Main Street in the shadow of the Historic Courthouse. The Craft Stand, aiming to open by Aug. 1, will offer retail craft beer in bottles as well as 24 local craft beers on tap.

    The Craft Stand will occupy a storefront at 105 South Main that has been vacant for four years.

  • Ready, set, click!

    Local fundraising has crossed over into cyberspace, making it easier than ever to donate to local nonprofit agencies. The 24-hour online fundraiser GiveLocalLancaster is set for all day Tuesday, from midnight to 11:59 p.m. 

    The website GiveLocalLancaster.org has 36 organizations listed. Donations can be made to one or more nonprofits from Lancaster County, Fort Lawn and Great Falls. People from across the nation or anywhere in the world will be able to donate to our nonprofits. 

  • Relay for Life: a celebration of the fighters, the memories

    Hundreds filed into Lancaster County Memorial Stadium Friday night to celebrate another day of life and to march in defiance of a dreaded disease that shows no mercy.   

    The annual Relay for Life event had so many survivors and so many stories. Luminaries, two-wide, formed a circle within a circle, making a lighted path for survivors, caregivers and loved ones to walk, to remember and to hope. 

  • ‘What am I going to do with these people?’

    It started as an act of kindness, says Joe Camarena, owner of Joe’s Automotive.

    The couple and their daughter had no place to live, so he offered them the office in the back of his shop.

    It ended almost two years later on March 22, with a parking lot full of flashing blue lights, deputies swarming the property, and social workers taking emergency custody of a desperate 14-year-old girl.