Local News

  • Carolina Community Actions offers assistance with cooling bills

    Carolina Community Actions, Inc. (CCA, Inc.) has money available to assist low-income families with a variety of services including cooling bills, water, air conditioners, fans, mortgage and rent.

    CCA also administers a family assessment program to assist with obtaining employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistance, books, supplies, General Education Degree, child care and youth leadership programs. 

    Qualification is based on total gross household income during the past 30 days.

  • Sheriff presents three deputies, officer with Lifesaving Awards

    It was a phone call Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile never wanted to receive and hopes he never hears again. 

    Standing in front of Lancaster County Council earlier this month with a stack of awards by his side, Faile recounted the news he received on Nov. 17, 2011, that one of his deputies had been wounded in the line of duty. 

    The deputy, Sgt. Brandon Rollins, was shot when he and three of his fellow drug task force officers confronted an armed robber at the Shrimp Boat restaurant on Memorial Park Road.

  • Arts and sciences camps begin July 9

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is still accepting registrations for its annual Arts and Sciences Camp, the first of which begins July 9 at Covenant Baptist Church in Lancaster.

    The camp, which is held at several different locations throughout the county, is designed to spark elementary-age children's imagination and creativity.

  • Council passes $35M budget

    Moments after agreeing on details about a county employee pay raise, Lancaster County Council unanimously passed final reading of the county’s 2012-13 fiscal budget during a special meeting on Friday, June 22.

    Once again, there were no public comments as council members put the finishing touches on the budget. The new budget year runs from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. 

  • Resolute products shutting down production line

    A drop in demand for certain types of paper has forced a local company to shut down one of its production lines. 

    The Catawba plant of Resolute Forest Products, formerly AbitibiBowater, announced last week it will be shutting down its No. 1 machine, forcing the layoffs of several employees. 

    Resolute spokeswoman Debbie Johnston said employees will begin preparing the machine for shut-down beginning Saturday, June 30, with layoffs beginning Monday, July 2. 

  • Finally Friday concerts start up

    The sounds of bluegrass, soul and rock will greet you as you make your way to downtown Lancaster on select evenings this summer.

    The city of Lancaster is preparing to launch the second year of its Finally Friday summer series. The events, held on the last Friday of the month, will feature live music along with a variety of food and arts and crafts.

    The events, to run each time from 6 to 9 p.m., will take place at the intersection of Main and Gay streets in Lancaster. They are free of charge and open to the public.

  • National HIV Testing Day is today

    Monica Adamian believes there isn’t nearly enough talk about HIV.

    Adamian, director of prevention services for Catawba Care Coalition, says conditions such as cancer and diabetes receive much-needed attention, but HIV – the virus that causes AIDS – seems to remain taboo.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 50,000 people in the United States are infected with HIV each year, and about 20 percent of them don’t know they have it.

  • Hartley Funeral Home gets new owners

    A Lancaster couple with experience in the funeral service business has taken over one of the county’s funeral homes.

    Michael and Casey Burgess are the new new owners of Hartley-Burgess Funeral Home and Crematory Services, which was run for 17 years by Joanne and Jerry Hartley.

    The Hartleys decided to retire after working for more than 40 years in the funeral service business.

    The transaction became official June 14.

  • Kershaw accepts skatepark equipment

    KERSHAW – Dustin Owens and his crew of skateboarding buddies have been no strangers to local government meetings.

    The teenagers appeared multiple times before Lancaster City Council over the past year to garner support for the construction of a skatepark. Those visits yielded little to no results.

    However, the same cannot be said about Kershaw Town Council’s meeting on Monday, June 18, in which that council members voted to accept nearly $100,000 worth of equipment that will allow for a skatepark to be built in the town limits.

  • Police investigate killing at South York Street home: victim was robbed by three men last week

    The Lancaster Police Department is investigating the murder Monday, June 18, of a Lancaster man who was robbed and beaten during a home invasion June 13.

    Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said police found 53-year-old Donald Eustace Morris (no relation to Mike Morris), dead inside his home at 307 S. York St. about 8:30 p.m. Monday.

    Mike Morris declined to say how the man died, since his office is still awaiting the results of a preliminary autopsy.