Today's News

  • Cerebral palsy hasn’t stopped Stephen Gonzalez

    Stephen Gonzalez isn’t supposed to be here to tell you his story of struggle and triumph.

    The Carolina Christian Academy graduating senior was diagnosed years ago with cerebral palsy, an umbrella term referring to a number of conditions that cause physical disability.

    Specifically, Gonzalez has right spastic diplegia, a central nervous system disorder that has affected his right leg movement.

    Years ago, Gonzalez was told that if he lived, he would be a vegetable – having to wear diapers and be fed through a tube.

  • Man, 68, dies when van rolls over him

    The owner of a local auto shop died Thursday morning at his home.

    Boyce Payne, 68, was pronounced dead about 10 a.m. after a van rolled on him in the yard of his Overbrook Road home, said Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight.

    Payne was working under the van when the accident happened about 9:20 a.m.

    Payne operated Payne’s Garage & Alignment on Echo Woods Drive, Knight said.

    Knight wouldn’t release Payne’s cause of death or any other information about the accident Thursday afternoon.

  • Child, 8, in hospital after near drowning

    INDIAN LAND - A week after almost drowning in an Indian Land community pool, a young girl remains in critical condition in a Charlotte hospital.

    On June 5, Kamila Strother, 8, of Indian Land, was found on the bottom of the BridgeMill neighborhood pool. Strother had been attending another child’s birthday party.

    At about 8 p.m. that day, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible drowning at 7135 Harcourt Crossing, which is the BridgeMill neighborhood pool.

  • Speaker offers young students advice and encouragement

    A major disability hasn’t kept New Jersey resident Malcolm Phillips from reaching out and sharing his story with the world.

    Phillips, 20, was born with cerebral palsy. He was the guest speaker at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School’s fifth-grade graduation June 3.

    He is the godson of Principal Gwen Minor.

    Phillips can’t walk or use his hands, and isn’t able to talk clearly. He gets around in a wheelchair and needs assistance with all tasks.

  • Wal-Mart making plans for new store

    INDIAN LAND – Get ready shoppers, Wal-Mart is making plans to build its second Lancaster County store.

    Chris Neely, spokesman for Wal-Mart, said the company has opened bids on construction at the Indian Land site off U.S. 521 near the North Carolina state line. A contractor has not yet been awarded, but Neely said that could happen in late summer or early fall.

    Once work begins, Neely said it could take up to a year to finish construction and ready the building.

  • Economist at local forum: Recovery may begin in fall

    An economist told Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members Thursday morning that the economy could begin to recover from the recession in the fourth quarter of 2009.

    Steve Rick, senior economist for the Credit Union National Association, addressed chamber members at the Economic Forum 2009 at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    Rick said many economists believe this is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. He said the recession of 2001 was minor in comparison.

  • USCL sounds the trump for 2009-10 Performing Arts Series

    Do the math.

    Those in search of the perfect Father’s Day gift may want to consider buying Dad a season ticket for the 2009-10 Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    At $395, that works out to about $44 apiece for the nine upcoming shows, which includes The Spinners, Little Big Town, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Tams.

  • Sheriff: Woman set fire to home, again

    A Lancaster woman charged with setting fire to her ex-boyfriend’s house in February has been charged again with the same crime.

    Ashley Kirkland, 24, address unknown, has been charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree arson, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to an incident report, a deputy responded Saturday morning to 1118 2nd St. because of a house fire.

  • Time runs short for DTV update

    Ready or not, the switch from analog television to the digital age is here.

    If you don’t notice anything different, that’s a good thing, analysts say.

    “When you get up Saturday morning and turn on your TV, if it doesn’t work,  you’ll know,” said Doug Crenshaw, owner of the Energy Center, who is certified to sell the special converter boxes that decode the digital signal.

    The FCC has set up  a toll-free hot line – 1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322) – for viewers with technical difficulties.

  • Police following leads in Saturday shootings


    Authorities continue to probe the early Saturday morning shooting that sent a recent high school graduate to the hospital.

    Lancaster Police Lt. James Kirk said Monday afternoon that no arrests have been made in the incident in which Todd Talford, 18, a 2009 Lancaster High School grad, was shot in the chest at Crenco Food Store on South Main Street.

    Though no suspects have been identified, Kirk said investigators are following up on leads. Police are looking for a motive, he said.