Today's News

  • Last blast of winter may be on the way

    After several days of spring weather, cold temperatures are expected to return to Lancaster County at the beginning of the week.

    According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will drop early Monday as rain showers sweep across the area. Monday night’s low will be about  32 degrees.

    Tuesday’s high is forecast at 55 degrees. It will be partly cloudy and cold Tuesday night, with a low of 30.


  • Planners OK rezoning for gold mine

    Romarco Minerals Inc. received initial approval to rezone its Haile Gold Mine property at last week’s Lancaster County Planning Commission meeting.

    County Planner Elaine Boone presented an application for the proposed rezoning of the mine, from an R-45A, a residential district, to I-2, an industrial district.

    This would change the property from a rural-residential intense agricultural district to a heavy industrial district, which would allow the mine to continue its operations on all of its property.

  • Conservation district announces winners of poster, other contests

    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District has announced winners of its 2008 Conservation Contests.

    Contests were for students in grades K-12 for posters, bulletin boards, multi-media and photos.  The theme was “Water is Life.”

    The poster and bulletin board contests were judged on conservation message, visual effectiveness, imagination, creativity and clarity.

    Poster contest          

    Kindergarten and first grade

  • Modern police gadgets can't get rid of shoe funk

    I realize I shouldn’t write about stuff that I’ve never used.

    But I’m sorta fascinated about the recent incident were this fella was charged after getting 25 pounds of marijuana in the mail.

    Another area newspaper had an article where officers destroyed a marijuana patch with a street value in the thousands of dollars.

    To me, that stuff looks like a hybrid bunch of rabbit tobacco.

    Growing up, I don’t rightly recall anybody mentioning marijuana, much less smoking it.

  • Diabetes focus of family event

    Traci Scott is fully aware of the complications and tribulations associated with diabetes.

    Her son, Matthew, was diagnosed with type 1, or juvenile, diabetes when he was 7. They received the information during a regular check-up.

    “It was being hit broad side by a Mack truck out of the blue,” Scott said.

    She described the following few days as a blur, as the family was overwhelmed with information, including that about insulin intake, carbohydrate needs and other diabetic details.

  • Students receive GEAR-UP scholarships

    Students throughout the school district are being rewarded in a big way for their commitments to excellence.

    More than 100 seventh- through 12th-graders have received scholarships through the federal GEAR-UP grant.

    GEAR-UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, offers support and programs to encourage students to attend college.  

    The district is in the first year of this three-year grant program.

  • Partners for Youth awards $190,000 in grants

    The Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation has awarded $190,000 in grants this year to groups that sponsor programs to directly assist the local youth.

    Most of the 14 recipients have received funding from the foundation before, although the specific program sponsored may be different, said Sharon Novinger, Partners for Youth’s executive director.

    Grant amounts this year range from $4,000 to $85,000.

    Since 2000, Partners for Youth has awarded more than $1.5 million in community grant funding.

  • Conservation district to award $500 scholarship

    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting applications for the Glenn Alexander Memorial Scholarship.

    The $500 scholarship will be presented to a Lancaster County high school senior who will be attending a college, university or technical college and majoring in an agricultural or environmental-related field such as agricultural education, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, agronomy, biology, forestry, horticulture, soils or wildlife management.

    The deadline to apply is 3 p.m. April 3.

  • School, community mourn child’s death

    Olivia Pettit is being remembered as the sweet little girl who always smiled and encouraged others to do their best.

    North Elementary School Principal Linda Blackwell named a long list of qualities when thinking about Pettit, a 9-year-old fourth-grader who died Sunday afternoon at Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Blackwell said the faculty and students are taking Pettit’s untimely death pretty hard.

    “It was very shocking,” Blackwell said. “We are very said for the Pettits and sad for the school family.”

  • Local teacher named top educator

    INDIAN LAND – Denise Trufan walks up and down the halls at Indian Land Elementary School with a smile on her face and a bounce in her step.

    As she steps out the side door to check on one of her gardens, a few teachers yell “congratulations.”

    But Trufan doesn’t like to bring attention to herself. She’d rather talk about what she does that helps her students learn.

    Trufan, who teaches science to all the school’s students, recently received a major honor for her dedication in the classroom.