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  • Will deadly amoeba be killed before water reaches us?

    Almost a month after an Ohio teen died from a “brain-eating amoeba” found in the water at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, officials are still deciding how to dispose of that water. 

    The U.S. National Whitewater Center closed June 24, but it still contains12 million gallons of water in a big pool. 

  • Pokémania

    The mobile game that has swept the nation in the past two weeks is getting many young Lancaster residents off their couches and into the city to play.  

    It’s called Pokémon Go.

    The “augmented reality” app ties the virtual world of Pokémon to real-life landmarks around downtown Lancaster and across the country.

  • Trucks demolishing IL road

    Residents of Indian Land’s Legacy Park subdivision say heavy construction traffic from a neighboring development is destroying two of the community’s roads.

    Leslie Jamieson of Xandra Court has lived in the neighborhood for seven years and walks her dogs along Vance Baker Road twice a day.

    Jamieson said since July 5, a steady stream of dump-truck traffic in and out of a new development at the end of the road has caused severe cracking along the shoulder of Vance Baker.

  • John Newell, veteran of 3 wars, gets Quilt of Valor

    John Newell, 97, was presented with a Quilt of Valor in May by the Springs Creative Open Hearts quilting group at his home in Lancaster.  

    Newell was in the Army for 23 years, serving in three wars. He was an infantry corporal in World War II. After leaving the military, he re-enlisted during the Korean War and served as an infantry staff sergeant. During the Vietnam War, he served as staff sergeant in an artillery division.

  • Another scam to add to the list: mystery shopper

    Reece Murphy 

     “We have a mystery shopping assignment in your area and we would like you to participate,” the employment ad said. “Your wages would be $260 for any work you carry out and you can carry out two assignments in a week.”

  • 12 axles to pull the heavy load

    Brian Garner/Landmark News Services

    RICHBURG – There are a couple of new workers on the Lancaster & Chester Railway these days, but you might not recognize them. The new workers are a “mother-slug” combination.

    L&C retiree Ed Sharpe said a mother-slug is basically two engines joined together.

  • Sunday beer, wine sales headed to November ballot

    CHESTER – The issue of whether or not Sunday sales of alcohol will be legal in the unincorporated portions of Chester County is now in the hands of voters.

    On July 5, Chester County Council approved third and final reading on an ordinance that puts the matter on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. 

  • High-profile killings spark anger, worries

    Mandy Catoe

    mcatoe@thelancasternews.com

    Kayland Hagwood

    khagwood@thelancasternews.com

     

    The tragic killings this week in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas prompted reactions of anger, fear and hope for peace in Lancaster County as they did across the country.

  • Alcohol petition checking begins

    An initiative to allow Lancaster County stores to sell beer and wine on Sundays is likely heading to the November general election ballot after a group pushing the cause turned in a completed petition Wednesday for certification.

  • Eyesore plagues Jackie’s Place

    Jackie Brown, whose nonprofit Jackie’s Place has been caring for children and the elderly in Lancaster’s old mill village for more than two decades, saw the buildings next door collapse during a storm in March. 

    And there they have sat for four months, a pile of asbestos-filled rubble, attracting rodents and vagrants and tempting children to explore.