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  • Man wounded in drive-by shooting

    A 22-year-old Lancaster man was wounded in what police believe was a drive-by shooting late Friday afternoon.

    Lancaster Police Department officers, Lancaster Fire Department and Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services were called to the area of Hughes and Gay streets about 4:15 p.m. Friday.

    The victim ended up lying on a flat-bed trailer in the yard of a Hughes Street home.

  • Springs Memorial Hospital selects Arbour as CEO

    Douglas T. Arbour has been appointed chief executive officer of Springs Memorial Hospital.

    “I look forward to working with the board, physicians and employees of Springs Memorial Hospital as we continue to build on the positive momentum of the hospital,” Arbor said. “The community is terrific and my family is looking forward to calling Lancaster home.”

    He will begin January 5.

  • Carolina Community Actions offers utility assistance

    Carolina Community Actions Inc. has funds available to help low-income residents keep the cold outside this winter with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Applicants can apply at Carolina Community Actions  at 101 S. Wylie St., Lancaster.

  • Councilwoman seeks to oust administrator

    A Lancaster City Council member moved to fire City Administrator Helen Sowell on Tuesday night, but her motion failed for lack of support.

    After council returned from closed session to discuss a personnel matter and receive legal advice, Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace made a motion to fire Sowell.

    The motion died for lack of a second, meaning Blackmon-Brace’s proposal never made it to the table for a vote.

  • Santa Claus stops early in Van Wyck

    VAN WYCK – Santa Claus wasn’t the only one making a list and checking it twice this year.

    Unfolding a large sheet of yellow paper Saturday morning, Betty George scanned a list of families, children and senior citizens who were in need of gifts this Christmas.

    As organizer of this year’s Van Wyck Angel Tree program, and a member of the Van Wyck Community Initiative, which sponsored the event, George helped collect toys and household goods for people in her community.

  • Artisans Center preps for New Year's Eve bash

    Angie Rollings spray-painted branches silver, while Deah Stogner hung snowflakes in the window of the Artisans Center, Lancaster’s newest nonprofit art center, on Wednesday afternoon.

    Tiffany Copen and her mother, Susan Moore, arranged the silver branches into clear, decorative cubes and began adding a string of white lights to the display.

  • Council debates library bonds

    County Council members disagreed Monday on a funding proposal for the county’s libraries.

    Council considered a request from the county’s library board to add a referendum on library bonds to the November 2010 ballot.

    The discussion, which touched on concerns about funding and locations of new libraries, was in response to a letter from Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band.

  • Advent Passage a place for holiday reflection

    If you find yourself caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, then maybe it’s time for a calm break and to reflect on the reason for the season.

    Walk through the doors of First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Gay St., and you may find the peace you are searching for.

    The 10 members of the Circle of Elizabeth have created a symbolic tribute to the Advent Passage. It focuses on the first two chapters of Luke in the Bible.  

  • Local fraternity serves up Christmas spirit at lunch

    The smell of turkey and dressing wafted through the A.R. Rucker Middle School cafeteria Tuesday as the local Omega Psi Phi alumni chapter served up its annual Christmas lunch.

    There was a lot of smiling going on as people ran into old friends they hadn’t seen in a while.

    That’s Ken Thompson’s favorite thing about the lunch, which local fraternity members have been putting here for 35 years.

    Thompson said he usually comes to the dinner with his sister-in-law, Melvenia Hilton-Jones, who works for the Lancaster Police Department.

  • HOPE doles out $692k in 11 months

    HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster has fed 3,390 people this year, given $692,000 to help families make mortgage, rent or utility payments and helped more than 6,000 families so far in 2009.

    HOPE executive director, Elaine Adkins, presented figures during the agency’s annual board meeting on Thursday night.

    From January through November, 2,364 adults and 1,026 children received food from HOPE. The value of that food is more than $200,000.