Today's News

  • A new political party emerges in Lancaster

    As my late Aunt Bess would say, “Well, I never,” if she had read the comments from unmamed readers in reply to the TEA party letter on The Lancaster News Web site, www.thelancasternews.com.

    Looks like there is a new political party in Lancaster. I would call it the Mean-Spirited, who advocate throwing unfortunate folks – old folks and babies – out on the streets. This new party alludes to the jobs folks can get so they won’t remain on some form of assistance. Pray tell, where are those jobs?

  • Young man ruined our July 4th

    I have never written a letter to the editor in The Lancaster News, but I feel compelled to write this letter.

    My wife and I have heard a lot about the Charlesboro parade, but have never been until this year. We went to the parade and a cookout with some friends. The weather was beautiful for July 4. It was sunny and not too hot. The parade was just as wonderful as everyone said it would it be. There were firetrucks, floats, tractors and old cars, kids throwing candy, motorcycles and finally, horses.

  • Next S.C. governor must be a true leader

    It looks like we’re stuck with Mark Sanford as governor for another 18 months. Calls for him to resign peaked before Independence Day after he gave that babbling interview to the Associated Press in which he referred to his Argentine mistress as his “soul mate” and said he was working to “fall back in love” with his wife, Jenny.

    You probably recall that Sanford gave that interview the week after he explained to the national media why he’d been AWOL for nearly a week and he admitted to an extramarital affair.

  • Newspaper irresponsible to print photo

    I recently viewed your picture of the July 4 celebration in Heath Springs. As a physician, I was very concerned about one of the photos. It is nice to see a father enjoying time with his son, but to do tricks on a four-wheeler with absolutely no protection for either participant, especially a 5-year-old child, is totally negligent.

  • Police department establishes new tip line

    The Lancaster Police Department is still looking for leads in a July 10 shooting that left a 26-year-old Lancaster man dead and hopes a new crime information hotline will yield tips in the case.

    Larry Curtis Duncan, of 316 S. Hughes St., was killed in the shooting earlier this month.

    The shooting happened at 110 N. Willowlake Road, and police were called to the residence at 2:35 a.m.

    Duncan was found lying in the front yard of the home, where his mother lives. He had been shot at least once in the chest.

  • Ray Knight family thanks community

    I would like to say thank you again to a community that went above and beyond. A year ago on June 27, my husband, Ray Knight, was shot trying to be a good Samaritan. Little did he know at the time, Charles Raffaldt and Stephanie Myers had already committed another crime. The shooting caused my husband’s life to change. He was unable to do so many things he loved to do. His health continued to deteriorate, causing him not to be able to do things with his grandchildren.

  • Conference planners grateful for support

    We, the Men to Men and the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, would like to thank all conference speakers for a job well done, a special thank you to the mayor and his staff of the City Council. We would like to say a special thank you to City Councilman John Howard for his speech to all the veterans and to Evelyn Springs and her staff at the Fairway Room. Again, thank you guys for a job well done.

    Joe King


  • Sally Deese grateful for support of community

    I would like to thank the following businesses, church families, agencies and individuals for their assistance in making this year’s annual Golden Age of Merit dinner a success.

    No part of this ministry would be possible without the Rev. Wright and his wife of Glorious Tabernacle Church in Monroe, N.C., and that church family, Joe Blackwell of Lancaster Frozen Foods, the Meat Center, BiLo and manager Hilton Page, Rachel and Eugene Ealey, Carol Wright, the Fatherhood Project of Lancaster, Tommy Cauthen, musicians from Tradesville and Bill’s Place.

  • Hospital an outstanding health-care institution

    On March 18, 1970, as treasurer of Springs Foundation, I wrote the final checks to pay the contractor for the construction of Springs Memorial Hospital.

    The total cost paid by the foundation exceeded $12 million, and it was the largest gift Springs Foundation has ever made. All of these funds were provided by the Springs Close family and were processed through Springs Foundation.

    In 1970, little did any of us know what this outstanding health institution would come to mean to Lancaster and the surrounding area.

  • Moore receives glowing review from school board

    Lancaster County Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore received an outstanding grade in seven areas in his annual evaluation from the school board.

    School board Chairwoman Charlene McGriff discussed Moore’s 2009 evaluation at the school board’s meeting Tuesday night.

    “We applaud your tireless efforts to improve district operations, to visit classrooms in all our schools and to provide leadership at every level,” McGriff said, reading from a letter to Moore on the annual evaluation.