Today's News

  • Lancaster native receives University of Wisconsin honor

    MADISON, Wis. – Dr. Deborah B. Cureton is a winner of the 2010 Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award, an annual honor given to students, faculty and staff to recognize their contributions to diversity and the status of women within the University of Wisconsin system.

    Cureton, interim CEO and dean at UW-Richland, earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the University of South Carolina. The Lancaster native was the former associate dean at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • Man says he was shot while walking

    A Lancaster man told police that he was shot as he walked on Elm Street on Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, an officer in the parking lot of a store on York Street heard about five gunshots coming from the area of Cedar and Elm streets about 9:30 p.m.

    The officer drove around the area and heard a man yelling that he had been shot. The officer found the man on the front porch of an Elm Street home.

  • Soil, water district commissioner candidates sought

    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District has two commissioner positions open for election in November 2010 on the general election ballot.  

    Conservation district commissioners run for office on a county-wide, non-partisan basis, which means they do not run as a member of a political party. The positions have no salary and receive no payment or benefits.  

    Candidates must be registered voters of Lancaster County. Commissioners attend monthly meetings. There are area and statewide meetings for training and education in their duties.  

  • District gets below-average grade in review

    The Lancaster County School District received a below average on its state-issued report card for 2009, the same rating it got in 2008.

    But seven district schools improved on their absolute ratings in the report cards from 2008 to 2009, and 14 schools in the district saw an increase in their growth ratings in 2009.

    • Absolute ratings are based on overall student performance on standardized tests.

  • I did my share of work, too

    I recently crossed paths with an old friend while going inside “the Walmarts,” where Lancaster’s movers and shakers meet these days.

    And right off the cuff, he called me a city boy.

    That was bad enough, but he didn’t stop there.

    It really made the hair on the back of my neck stand up when he said, “According to your articles in the paper, all you do is go to grammar school and build them cardboard airplanes.”

  • Businesses question Streetscape plan

    Adam Lyles doesn’t like one aspect of a proposed beautification effort for Lancaster’s South Main Street.

    Lyles, owner of Premier Motors, thinks planting trees along the sidewalk would block the view of vehicles he’s trying to sell.

    These proposed trees are part of the city’s Streetscape project, which has resulted in new curbing, sidewalks, greenery and other improvements on Main Street. The project began on the north end a number of years ago and is making its way southward.

  • School bus catches fire while returning home from field trip

    A school field trip ended in flames for some South Middle School students on Friday.

    Bryan Vaughn, safety and transportation director for the Lancaster County School District, said the 1990s model Thomas Built bus caught fire on Woodland Drive near Laurel Court about 7 p.m.

    The bus was returning from a choral event at Carowinds.

    The bus driver, Tim Bailey, noticed smoke coming from the back of the bus and pulled over, Vaughn said.

    Bailey then noticed heavier smoke and  flames and evacuated the 33 students and three teachers from the bus.

  • Local candidates needed for watershed directors

    Voters in Lancaster County will elect four watershed directors in the November general election " two for Cane Creek Watershed District and two for Little Lynches Watershed District.

    Watershed districts in Lancaster County oversee the maintenance and operation of five large flood-control dams that protect the city of Lancaster and the town of Kershaw.  

  • Countdown to Relay

    Before Tijhmir Glasco released six purple and white Relay For Life balloons into a blue Carolinas sky on Friday afternoon at Carolina Christian Academy, he was holding the past and the present in his hands.

    Each biodegradable balloon was tagged with the name of a cancer victim or a cancer survivor.

    But he was also looking to the future as he watched the wind pick up the balloons and blow then out of sight.

  • Where does Relay For Life money go?

    Debbie Crenshaw is looking forward to spending this weekend walking in support of cancer research.

    Crenshaw, owner of Mane Street Hair Designs, will be one of many Lancaster County residents participating in the 15th annual Relay For Life, an overnight event held to raise local awareness of cancer prevention, treatments and cures, while also honoring survivors and raising money for research. Teams will begin walking at 5 p.m. on Friday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and will continue until 9 a.m. Saturday.