Local News

  • Community reacts to Newtown shooting

    On Friday, Dec. 14, the nation reeled in horror at news of the tragedy that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., when a mentally ill man forced his way inside and murdered 20 children and six adults trying to protect them.

    A week later, the loss is still incomprehensible; the sense that if it could happen in Newtown it could happen anywhere.

  • Outgoing County Council members look back

    The memories of meetings long since past swirled about the historic courthouse earlier this month as three Lancaster County Council members said their goodbyes.

    Sharing food, laughs, hugs and remembrances with a large group of family and friends, outgoing council members Kathy Sistare, Rudy Carter and Cotton Cole were all recognized during a drop-in event Dec. 10.

    After saying a few words about each member, Councilman Larry Honeycutt presented each with a plaque, some adorned with ceremonial gavels, to thank them for their service.

  • Friends recall Reecie Pate as a people person

    A former Lancaster County probate judge died Tuesday after he collapsed while moving a bookshelf at his home.

    M.O. “Reecie” Pate, 84, held the office of probate judge in Lancaster County for two terms before retiring in 1994. 

    He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service as well. Current Probate Judge Sandra Estridge, who was hired by Pate as a legal clerk in 1989, ran for office after his retirement.

  • Faulkenberry Christmas basket total now at $6,030

    For many in Lancaster County, supporting the annual Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund has become a custom each holiday season.

    “What’s so special is those who, year after year, step up to help and honor and remember their loved ones for a great cause,” said Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively), which oversees the effort.

    Adkins cited a recent donation to the fund that provides food for hurting families each Christmas season as an example. The drive is in its 53rd year.

  • Two kids safe after police chase

    A suspect wanted in connection to two missing children in Chesterfield County early Thursday, Dec. 20, was arrested here about 11:45 a.m. near the North Carolina state line after a police chase. 

    Authorities had issued an statewide Amber Alert for two children – Dennis Matthew Penny III, 5, and Grace Elizabeth Penny, 2.

    The two were taken from their home in the Mount Croghan community about 7:30 a.m., Thursday and were believed to be with 37-year old Dennis Matthew Penny II.

  • City police investigate possible armed robbery

    Investigators are sorting out the details of a possible armed robbery of a pedestrian that happened Wednesday night, Dec. 19. 

    Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said the robbery happened between 7 and 8 p.m. near the intersection of Wylie and Barr streets. No one was injured in the incident. 

    On Thursday morning several people were being interviewed in the case, he said.

  • Connecticut school shooting aftermath; keeping our children safe

    It’s been five days now since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., left 20 children and six educators dead, news that struck the nation like a slap in the face.

    Until Friday, Dec. 14, many Americans had become numb to news of mass shootings; shock and sadness, at first, quickly pushed to the back of the nation’s collective mind in a fatigued response to an all-too common crime.

    But this was different, a crime of unimaginable evil in a place assumed to be among the last truly safe institutions in society.

  • Diago pleads guilty in murder of Jackie Craine

    Linda Craine says she now has closure.

    It’s been a trying year for Craine and her family as they continue to deal with the loss of Craine’s daughter, Jackie, who was fatally shot Jan. 5 in Fort Mill.

    Jackie Craine’s estranged boyfriend, James Enrico “Rico” Diago, who was charged with her murder, has been jailed ever since at the York County Detention Center.

    On Monday, Jackie’s family learned of his fate.

  • Deputies nab trio for recent burglary spree

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrests of three people charged in a string of recent burglaries and thefts.

    Joel Brandon Scott, 31, 1317 Memorial Drive; Joshua Matthew Thurman, 27, 1348 Memorial Drive; and Amber Leigh Airington, 20, 1121 Chesterfield Ave., were each charged in connection with incidents occurring between Nov. 27 and Dec. 9, according to a media release issued Monday, Dec. 17.

  • Passenger falls from car during North Main street police chase

    A Lancaster woman was flown to a Charlotte hospital Saturday, Dec. 15, after falling out of a car during a police chase.

    The 29-year-old woman was injured only minutes after officers approached a man outside the Carriage Inn, at 1100 N. Main St., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    Police were conducting a walk-through of the inn’s bar about 1:30 a.m. when they noticed a possibly intoxicated man leave and walk toward his car, the report said.