• Young black males in a crisis

    Imagine walking into school on your first day of first grade and already being at a disadvantage just because of your race, gender and economic background.

    Of course you don’t realize it, since you’re only a 6-year-old boy, but according to statistics you’re already behind in your vocabulary. 

    By the time you’re in the fourth grade, you’re already nearly three years, on average, behind your white peers academically, according to some experts.

  • Paper’s online version will be subscription based

    If you had a chance to gaze into The Lancaster News building, I think you’d be surprised at what it takes to produce your newspaper.

    It’s been said that it’s nothing short of a miracle to see a newspaper come together. It’s sort of like making sausage sometimes; the process is not always pretty.

  • Lancaster County officials lift burning ban

    The Lancaster County Fire Service canceled the ban Friday afternoon, only days after it began. The ban was originally issued Feb. 22. 

    According to a fire service press release, citizens are still cautioned even though the weather outlook has improved. 

    The county received a small amount of rainfall early Friday but there is still a potential for outdoor fires to spread rapidly due to relatively dry surface conditions.

  • Council debates dangerous animals

    Christopher Sardelli
    Just one week after a series of dog bite incidents were reported throughout the county, Lancaster County Council discussed ways to enhance its dangerous dog ordinance Tuesday night.
    Council members, along with with County Administrator Steve Willis and deputy administrator Jeff Naftal, debated how to fine-tune the ordinance to protect citizens and place more responsibility on dog owners. The discussion came only days after three people reported separate dog bites or attacks to law enforcement.

  • Stimulus helps public housing

    Jesef Williams
     The state of public housing in the city of Lancaster received much attention Tuesday night.
    Jerry Witherspoon, executive director of the Lancaster Housing Authority, gave City Council a report of the authority’s activity over the past year.
    The local housing authority, which oversees the Caroline Court and Frank L. Roddey neighborhoods, provides housing for low-income families. Caroline Court has 100 units and Roddey has 40.

  • Kershaw denies zoning request

    Jesef Williams
     KERSHAW – Plans for the Dollar General store in Kershaw to move from Hampton Street have been halted, at least for now.
    Kershaw Town Council voted 2-4 on Monday against a request to rezone property on Neal Street from R-15 (residential) to B-3 (business).
    Councilmen Wade Hunter and Randy Seegars voted in favor of the measure. Councilman Eddie Coates was absent.

  • Personality spotlight - Polly Jackson

    Polly Jackson likes to say she’s “Black by nature, educated by choice and a politician by accident.”
    A retired, 32-year veteran educator, Jackson’s name has become virtually synonymous with community services in Lancaster over the course of her 75 years through her work with the school system, County Council and numerous boards and organizations.

  • Rotary clubs donate 10,000 pounds of food to HOPE

    From Release
    The Lancaster, Lancaster Breakfast and Indian Land Rotary clubs recently competed against each other in The Great 2010 Rotary Food Challenge and contributed 5 tons of food, or 10,000 pounds, to HOPE in Lancaster.
    Along with a strategic partnership with the Indian Land Walmart, Indian Land Rotary collected the most pounds during the competition.

  • Suspect sought in shooting

    Christopher Sardelli
    A man is recovering after being struck in the face and shot at on Wednesday night.
    Lancaster police officers are searching for a suspect in the attempted murder that happened between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.
    Officers learned of the assault after responding to the emergency room at Springs Memorial Hospital about 8:40 p.m., according to a police department press release.

  • Two-story house total loss in blaze

    Officials say a smoke detector may have prevented a Sunday afternoon fire from being much worse than what it was.

    Firefighters received a call shortly after 3:30 p.m. Sunday about a fire at a two-story house at 6616 Camp Creek Road. The home is located in the Tradesville community in the northeastern part of the county, not far from the state line. 

    When firefighters arrived, flames were coming from the garage and the kitchen area and later shot through the roof, said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder.