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Today's News

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 4 of 4

    A slow September breeze blew past Wesley Dry as he stood at the mouth of an unfamiliar trail, his eyes struggling to adjust to the darkness.
    It was midnight, and the only sounds emanating from the nearby forest were the chirping of insects and the rustling of tree branches.
    Dry and his friends Homefry and Amish searched for signs of life, but the road they stood on was desolate. In the distance, the strange van that had dropped them off minutes ago in the wilderness was revving out of sight.

  • Walmart purse snatch turns violent

    A purse snatching in the Walmart parking lot late Feb.11 turned violent when the thief beat up the victim twice and slammed her to the pavement before fleeing.
    The victim, who sustained a cut lip, multiple bruises and a back injury while fighting back, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, treated and released.
    Police are looking for a clean-shaven, 5-foot-11, slender white male who was last seen wearing a dark jacket and a green toboggan.

  • NAACP holds mayoral candidate forum

    Candidates in the Lancaster mayoral race took their ideas to the people during the Lancaster NAACP’s mayoral town hall meeting Thursday night.
    Held at the Barr Street Auditorium, the event drew nearly 100 spectators for the first candidate’s forum in the race to fill the seat of longtime Mayor Joe Shaw, who died mid-term Nov. 29.

  • Renaming Blackmon Street in Kershaw causes ruckus

    Want to kick up a storm in a small town? Try renaming a street.
    The trouble started at last month’s county planning commission meeting, where Lancaster County Emergency Communications proposed renaming Blackmon Street in Kershaw to avoid confusion with Blackmon Circle nearby and Blackmon Road in Lancaster County.
    Under the plan, Blackmon Circle would keep its name. Blackmon Road would become Blackmon Pond Road, and Blackmon Street would be renamed Dragonfly Way.
    Not so fast, fumed Blackmon Street defenders.

  • Remembering being smitten by young love

    If they are not the oldest couple in Lancaster County this Valentine’s Day, the Twittys of Heath Springs are definitely in the running.
    Gonze Lee Twitty, 97, and Margaret Stevenson Twitty, 94, met in 1950 when he was 31 and she was 28.
    He was “tall and handsome,” Margaret remembers.
    She had “feet that looked like they didn’t touch the ground,” Gonze says.
    They met outside her father’s store, Stevenson’s Grocery, in downtown Lancaster. Margaret and her family lived next door.

  • Solvent mishap injures students

    More than 30 Harrisburg Elementary School students went home early Thursday after exposure to a cleaning solvent left many with skin irritation and some with minor chemical burns.
    The incident began Thursday morning as several students at the Indian Land school began reporting discomfort to the school nurse. Lancaster County School District spokesman David Knight said school officials soon realized all the students had recently come into direct contact with toilet seats in the school’s bathrooms.

  • Man dies at CMC from wreck injuries

    A Lancaster man died from injuries received in a car wreck after he pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle on S.C. 903 Thursday afternoon.
    Richard Truesdale, 75, of Wisteria Way died Thursday evening at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Karla Deese.
    Deese said Truesdale’s cause of death was blunt force injury.
    The driver who struck Truesdale’s car, Shirlon Covington of Lancaster, was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released.

  • Jaw drops open: Available funds are not available

    On my 83rd birthday, I was knee deep in banking problems. At my age, I should be running (make that hopping along) after pretty girls and checking out new  sports cars. But not this day.
    Some years ago, my bank convinced me to move into the computer age. You’ll no longer be bogged down with reams of bank statements and canceled checks, they told me. With just a few strokes on the keyboard and remembering the proper passwords, I had all my banking stuff at my fingertips.

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 3 of 4

    Ignoring the pain in his swollen feet and the rash that now consumed a large part of his left leg, Wesley Dry pressed on toward the summit in front of him.
    Days of hiking along Pennsylvania’s notoriously rocky terrain on the Appalachian Trail had taken their toll, but Dry wasn’t about to let a little discomfort ruin the experience.

  • Man charged in mom’s murder

    A report of a suspicious man at a bank in Kershaw led to the discovery of his mother’s body at their home on Flat Creek Road and his arrest in her killing.
    Robert Allen Hypes, 36, of 7248 Flat Creek Road, is charged with murder in the death of Carolyn Marie Taurino, 57.
    Deputies found Taurino’s body in her home Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 10, lying on the floor in the doorway of a bedroom, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said in a statement Thursday. Taurino, who used a wheelchair, had been shot several times.