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  • Breaking News Jury finds Cauthen guilty in murder case

    After two hours of deliberations, a jury convicted David Cauthen in the murder of his estranged girlfriend, Brenda Steen, on Friday, but Cauthen still denies committing the crime.

    “I didn't kill Ms. Steen,” Cauthen said in a quiet voice to Circuit Judge John Few before Few sentenced him to life in prison.

    Steen, 36, was Cauthen's on-again, off-again girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. She was stabbed six times on Oct. 17, 2004, and her body was found in a culvert under Camp Creek Road on Oct. 19, 2004.

  • Habitat hopes to raise $15,000

    Despite recent fundraisers and an ongoing tool drive, members of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County are hoping for more help from the community.

    Gigi Biggerstaff, a member of Habitat’s board, said the organization’s recent work on two houses on Caskey Lane in Lancaster was a success, giving eight people a place to live.

    But she said finishing the houses cost more than estimated. That combined with the sluggish economy has created a need for increased donations, she said.

  • Van Wyck to spread holiday joy with parade

    VAN WYCK – Van Wyck will spread holiday cheer by holding its first Christmas parade with special guest Santa Claus at noon Dec. 12.

    The parade will start at the Van Wyck Post Office at the corner of Old Hickory Road and Steele Hill Road, and follow Old Hickory Road to the Van Wyck Community Center, organizers said.

  • City Council changes name of department

    A city of Lancaster department has undergone a name change.

    The Building, Licensing and Zoning Department will now be called the Building, Planning and Zoning Department.

    Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday on the change, with Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace dissenting.

    City staff suggested the name change because business license and hospitality tax collections are now under the city’s support services, a change that took effect this year.

  • LHS collecting food, supplies for needy families

    When shopping at Walmart or Food Lion in Lancaster over the next three Saturdays, you may want to pick up a few extra canned-food items or paper goods to donate to Lancaster families in need.  

    Lancaster High School student athletes and members of the Lancaster Bruins Booster Club will be outside the doors of Walmart and Food Lion to collect these as you leave the store for the next three Saturdays.  

    They are collecting these items to support Operation Blue and Gold Santa.  

  • 'It's not typical, safe art'

    From in-your-face colored-pencil portraits to sculptures built of metal work and animal bones, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ latest exhibit making its debut this Halloween weekend lives up to its name.

    The show features the drawings of Lancaster resident Lisa Stamper, an art teacher at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School, and Matt Hall, a sculptor and blacksmith. The exhibit, Dark Arts, debuts today at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St.

    Pencil works

  • Cedar Creek AME Zion ready to build new church

    Caroline Reed remembers the day the church she had been a member of for 40 years burned.

    She went to Cedar Creek AME Zion Church the evening of Aug. 22, 2006, to see the smoldering remains of what had been her home church.

    Fire officials believed a lightning strike ignited the fire that burned the 133-year-old church.

    “I grew up there,” Reed said, recalling that night. “It was as if a family member had died. I can’t even describe the pain.”

    But church members are much happier these days.

  • Employees accountable under new county policy

    Lancaster County employees will now face monetary penalties if they are held responsible for an accident in a county vehicle.

    County Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night to amend the county’s motor vehicle use and operation policy. The resolution will enforce fines when county employees are at fault in the damage of county equipment. The vote was 5-0. Councilman Larry McCullough was not present at the meeting.

    Council removed the section of the policy allowing monetary penalties about two years ago.

  • Lancaster native Maurice Williams giving 50th anniversary show Nov. 8

    NEWBERRY – Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs will celebrate a milestone tonight in Newberry.

    Williams, a Lancaster native, and his group will celebrate 50 years in show business at a sold-out show at the Newberry Opera House.

    Williams’ group is an oldies and beach music favorite.

    Williams is best known for his signature song “Stay,” which he wrote and recorded in 1960 in Columbia on the Herald label. The song went to No. 1 on the national charts and Williams earned a gold record for it.

  • Artisans Center plans New Year’s bash, opening

    Board members for The Artisans Center, a new nonprofit arts venue in downtown Lancaster, are planning a Winter Wonderland fundraiser for New Year’s Eve.

    Board members had hoped to celebrate a grand opening next month, but decided to move the grand opening event to New Year’s Eve.

    The event will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31 at The Artisans Center. Those attending are asked to dress in white, with prizes going to the best-dressed couple, and best-dressed man and woman.