• Renaming Blackmon Street in Kershaw causes ruckus

    Want to kick up a storm in a small town? Try renaming a street.
    The trouble started at last month’s county planning commission meeting, where Lancaster County Emergency Communications proposed renaming Blackmon Street in Kershaw to avoid confusion with Blackmon Circle nearby and Blackmon Road in Lancaster County.
    Under the plan, Blackmon Circle would keep its name. Blackmon Road would become Blackmon Pond Road, and Blackmon Street would be renamed Dragonfly Way.
    Not so fast, fumed Blackmon Street defenders.

  • Remembering being smitten by young love

    If they are not the oldest couple in Lancaster County this Valentine’s Day, the Twittys of Heath Springs are definitely in the running.
    Gonze Lee Twitty, 97, and Margaret Stevenson Twitty, 94, met in 1950 when he was 31 and she was 28.
    He was “tall and handsome,” Margaret remembers.
    She had “feet that looked like they didn’t touch the ground,” Gonze says.
    They met outside her father’s store, Stevenson’s Grocery, in downtown Lancaster. Margaret and her family lived next door.

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 4 of 4

    A slow September breeze blew past Wesley Dry as he stood at the mouth of an unfamiliar trail, his eyes struggling to adjust to the darkness.
    It was midnight, and the only sounds emanating from the nearby forest were the chirping of insects and the rustling of tree branches.
    Dry and his friends Homefry and Amish searched for signs of life, but the road they stood on was desolate. In the distance, the strange van that had dropped them off minutes ago in the wilderness was revving out of sight.

  • Man dies at CMC from wreck injuries

    A Lancaster man died from injuries received in a car wreck after he pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle on S.C. 903 Thursday afternoon.
    Richard Truesdale, 75, of Wisteria Way died Thursday evening at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Karla Deese.
    Deese said Truesdale’s cause of death was blunt force injury.
    The driver who struck Truesdale’s car, Shirlon Covington of Lancaster, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released.

  • Mayoral forum changes location

    The location for Monday’s candidate forum in the special election for Lancaster mayor has changed to a larger venue.
    The event, sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, The Lancaster News and LearnTV, will be held at Bundy Auditorium in USC Lancaster’s Bradley Arts & Sciences Building. A public meet-and-greet session will start at 5 p.m., followed by the forum at 5:30.

  • City police approved for raises of at least 2%

    Twenty-six of the Lancaster Police Department’s 39 sworn officers will get raises of at least 2 percent after a unanimous vote by city council Tuesday.
    The decision follows one in November, when starting pay for patrol officers was increased 12 percent. Tuesday’s action affected the officers who didn’t get those November raises.
    Lancaster City Administrator Flip Hutfles said the total cost of the latest raises for fiscal 2015-16 is about $105,000.

  • Ben Carson to hold rally in Lancaster

    As the field narrows in this year’s presidential race, Republican candidate Ben Carson is tentatively set to visit Lancaster on Monday, Feb. 15, the first time a candidate has visited the city this election season.
    Carson is scheduled to tour Nutramax Laboratories, 946 Quality Drive, at 12:30 p.m., followed by a visit to Carolina Christian Academy, 1850 Kershaw Camden Highway, from 2 to 3 p.m. Only the CCA visit is open to the public.
    Kristen Blanchard, vice president of external corporate affairs for Nutramax, said the event is coming together quickly.

  • Gunfire scatters fast-food customers

    Gunfire in the McDonald’s parking lot in Lancaster late Tuesday, Feb. 9, sent a group of students and restaurant patrons running for cover.
    Now the Lancaster Police Department is looking for those who are responsible.
    “We have investigators out on the street this morning running down leads,” Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said Thursday.
    The incident happened just after 10 p.m. Feb. 9 in the east end of the restaurant’s parking lot.

  • Man charged in mom’s murder

    A report of a suspicious man at a bank in Kershaw led to the discovery of his mother’s body at their home on Flat Creek Road and his arrest in her killing.
    Robert Allen Hypes, 36, of 7248 Flat Creek Road, is charged with murder in the death of Carolyn Marie Taurino, 57.
    Deputies found Taurino’s body in her home Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 10, lying on the floor in the doorway of a bedroom, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said in a statement Thursday. Taurino, who used a wheelchair, had been shot several times.

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 3 of 4

    Ignoring the pain in his swollen feet and the rash that now consumed a large part of his left leg, Wesley Dry pressed on toward the summit in front of him.
    Days of hiking along Pennsylvania’s notoriously rocky terrain on the Appalachian Trail had taken their toll, but Dry wasn’t about to let a little discomfort ruin the experience.