• Human remains found in woods

    Human remains found in a wooded area behind a Lancaster home Tuesday could be related to a woman who went missing in July. 

    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies were alerted after a dog discovered a human skull and carried it into the backyard of its' owner's home in the 1700 block of Old Lynwood Circle, a sheriff's office press release said. 

  • Summer’s over

    From Staff
    From Andrew Jackson High at the south end of the county to Indian Land Elementary in the north, Lancaster County schools opened their doors Monday for the first day of the 2011-12 school year.
    Though exact attendance numbers are not yet available, attendance overall is expected to rise only slightly over last year’s student population of 11,378, a Lancaster County School District official said last week.

  • Sixth-grader struck by car

    Reece Murphy
    A Buford Middle School sixth-grader is recovering after being hit by a car this weekend.
    Angel Martin, 12, was struck Saturday evening as she tried to cross Airport Road in Lancaster near Dollar General.
    State Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said the accident occurred about 6:20 p.m. when the girl reportedly stepped out in front of an eastbound Honda four-door sedan traveling south on Airport Road.

  • Council continues IL rezoning ban

    Christopher Sardelli
    A ban on rezonings in Indian Land remains in effect, even though some residents are pleading with Lancaster County Council to lift the restriction.
    Council discussed a proposed change to its freeze on property rezonings in the Indian Land area at its Aug. 8 meeting.
    The proposal, which would have allowed an exemption for planned development districts, is in response to a developer’s request to create a 100-acre residential PDD in the Panhandle.

  • New copper law in effect

    Jesef Williams
    Anyone who does business with copper now has to adhere to stricter guidelines. A new state law came into effect today that places more restrictions and regulations on the purchase and transport of copper and other metals that do not contain an appreciable amount of iron.

  • Fire chief dies after fighting house fire

    Christopher Sardelli
    Rudy Carter was shocked by the news he heard Tuesday morning.
    Elgin Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis Cauthen, a longtime friend of Carter’s, died at 8 a.m. Tuesday after suffering a heart attack, just two hours after helping clear the scene of a fire at a vacant building, according to Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder.
    “This is the biggest kick in the stomach I’ve had in a long, long time,” said Carter, a Lancaster County councilman.

  • Elgin fire chief dies after fighting fire

    Christopher Sardelli
    A Lancaster County fire department chief died early Tuesday morning only hours after fighting a fire.
    Elgin Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dennis Cauthen, 54, died at 8 a.m., a little over two hours after helping clear the scene of a fire at a vacant building, according to a Lancaster County Fire Service press release.

  • Officials to address tax lapses 

    Lancaster County officials may soon contract with an outside firm to catch locals who are improperly claiming certain tax credits and exemptions on their property taxes. 

    Bryan Fawcett of Tax Management Associates spoke to Lancaster City Council on Tuesday about the company’s services. He gave a more detailed presentation July 21 to the finance committees for City Council and Lancaster County Council.

  • Students ready for first day of school

    For Lancaster County students, it’s almost crunch time.

    With just a few more hours remaining, the end of summer is looming with school year just around the corner – as in tomorrow.

    Monday morning, more than 11,300 students will be heading out the door for the start of the 2011-12 school year.

    Lancaster County Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore said he’s expecting this year to be a good one, thanks in large part to the hard work of district teachers and staff all summer.

  • Thefts are bad news for papers

    Newspapers are flying out of the boxes, but in this case that’s bad news.

    With the sour economy and the rise of “extreme couponing,” a trend made famous by a TLC television program of the same name, newspaper boxes have become tempting targets. 

    By depositing just a few pieces of change, casual criminals are walking away with multiple copies of a paper, as well as stacks upon stacks of coupons.