• Newspaper Web site undergoes upgrade

    The Lancaster News Web site, www.thelancasternews.com , has undergone an extreme cosmetic makeover.

    However, the operative word seems to be extreme.

    Our parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc., (LCNI), recently decided to standardize the interactive media outlets for each of its community newspapers.

    This standardization is the first phase in a process that will provide cutting-edge technology and, hopefully, better serve our readers with the pertinent news that affects their daily lives.

  • City recycles water flushed from lines for future needs

    The city of Lancaster's Public Works Department has taken steps in the last two weeks to conserve water.

    The department is re-using water from its flushing of water lines. While the city is not flushing hydrants and lines as it normally would because of Stage 3 drought restrictions, it still has to for certain reasons, such as muddy water, odor and sewer stoppage complaints, as well as water main breaks.

    That requires water, and in normal circumstances, new water from the city's water system.

  • Medicare sends McCants 106 bogus bills

    By Johnathan Ryan -Reporter

    A local woman was completely stunned when she recently received 106 Medicare statements for hospital procedures on her son that never happened.

    Myra McCants, mother of Billy McCants, looked into her mailbox on Oct. 17 and saw the batch of statements, which turned out to be identical.

    "I almost had a heart attack," she said, recalling the statement's list of procedures and her estimated out-of-pocket cost.

    "It was so shocking."

  • Red Cross volunteers return from providing wildfire relief

    Lancaster American Red Cross volunteers have returned home after a roughly two-week trip to Southern California to aid victims affected by wildfires.

    Two weeks of wildfires destroyed more than 2,000 homes across a swath of Southern California stretching from north of Los Angeles to south of San Diego.

    According to the Red Cross, volunteers provided 24,000 overnight stays in shelters and 114,000 meals for those affected by the wildfires. The 6,000 Red Cross workers who responded hailed from all 50 states.

  • Development of new USCL master plan moves ahead

    Dorms, a dining hall and more classroom buildings may all come to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster in the future, and a firm is now trying to see where they should be built.

    USCL is in the middle of a study in which the Boudreaux Group, a Columbia architectural firm, is developing a conceptual master plan for the campus.

    USCL officials say more facilities will be needed to accommodate the increase in student enrollment and expansions of programs and services.

  • Authorities charge one in car tampering

    KERSHAW – Sheriff’s deputies say one man was responsible for going into several unlocked cars in the Kershaw area between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Jeffrey Douglas Faulkenberry, 47, of 301 S. Hampton St., Kershaw, was charged Wednesday with tampering with a vehicle. Faulkenberry was charged with just four counts because three of the victims later decided not to press charges. Here is a round-up of the incidents, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:-Someone took $5 from a 2004 Mazda truck parked in a South Matson Street yard.

  • Paris fundraiser rakes in $34,000 for LIFT

    The Learning Institute for Tomorrow held its third annual gala fundraiser Oct. 27 at the Lancaster Golf Club's Fairway Room.

    This year's theme was An Evening in Paris.

    Participants were treated to dinner and had the chance to browse through a Paris flea market, a French boutique and taste French wines.

    About 200 people attended the event, which raised more than $34,000, LIFT executive director Kathy Wilds said.

    "I couldn't be any more pleased," Wilds said. "We're certainly grateful for all the sponsors and the support from the community."

  • County looks at visitors tax

    Hotel and motel visitors in Lancaster County may get charged an extra 3 percent for their stay.

    Lancaster County Council on Monday passed the first of three readings of an ordinance to charge an accommodations tax to hotel and motel visitors.

    If given final approval, the tax will be kept in a special, separate fund, and will be used for marketing, promotions and tourism purposes, according to state law. The tax is similar to the hospitality tax the city of Lancaster charges at restaurants.

  • Students may apply now for Springs loans

    Applications for Leroy Springs student loans are now available for students seeking assistance for college costs for the spring semester. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1.

    The Springs Close Foundation Inc. has made 113 interest-free loans so far this year to college students in the Lancaster County, Chester and Fort Mill areas. Funds advanced will total $345,946 for an average of $3,061 per student. This includes loans made to students attending York Technical College, for an average of $1,500 per student.

  • Catawba festival draws crowd to USCL

    About 2,500 people from the Carolinas, Georgia and beyond gathered Saturday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster's Bradley Arts and Sciences Building to celebrate Yap Ye Iswa, or Day of the Catawba.

    The cultural festival, which began in 1989, returned after a two-year hiatus.

    Yap Ye Iswa, usually celebrated on the tribe's reservation in York County on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, was halted in 2005 due to funding and other issues that forced the tribe to take time to better format and present the festival, said tribal chief Donald "Red Cloud" Rodgers.