Today's News

  • Early Spring Thaw

    On Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow in Gobbler’s Knob, Pa.     

    When the world’s most famous groundhog didn’t see his shadow, its supposedly a sign that warm weather is on the way. 

    According to the StormFax Weather Almanac and records kept since 1887, Phil has been correct 39 percent of the time and has predicted an early spring 15 times. 

    Based on blooming forsythia, jonquils, crocus, winter daphne, Bradford pears and flowering cherry trees, Phil just may be right.

  • Date set for 2011 Red Rose Festival

    The City of Lancaster will host its second Red Rose Festival in beautiful historic downtown Lancaster from 5 to 10 p.m. May 13 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 14. 

    Join us on Catawba Street and in the City Hall parking lot, where playing in our streets has never been more fun.

    Stretch out in the Lancaster sun and enjoy the great sounds of local and national entertainment on the city stage. 

    Artisans and crafters will be selling collectibles and hand-crafted items, such as art, jewelry, children’s clothing and crafts. 

  • ‘Shotgun’ airs Edwards’ performance

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service
    CHESTER – In Branson, Mo., playing and singing with the best of the best, Chester’s Bill Edwards made a startling discovery.
    He fit right in.
    “It was incredible,” Edwards said. “Something like that really feeds your creativity and makes you feel good about yourself.”

  • Doster sculpture on exhibit

    From Release
    Lancaster sculptor Bob Doster’s “Rising Star #2” has been chosen for exhibit by the annual North Georgia Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Dahlonega, Ga.
    The 10-foot high sculpture, built of recycled materials, was inspired by a commissioned design Doster created and installed on Greenville, S.C.’s Main Street.

  • LHS three-peats on Cup

    The Lancaster Lady Bruins completed a 4-0 tournament run to capture their third annual Cyclone Cup soccer tournament championship with a 3-1 win over Indian Land on Tuesday night in Chester.

  • Men plead guilty in murder case

    Christopher Sardelli
    Three Lancaster men received prison sentences ranging from 12 to 30 years after pleading guilty on several charges related to the July 2009 shooting death of a 26-year-old Lancaster man.
    Torey Robert Blackwell, 19, of 1262 Belmont Circle, Brandon Dupree McIlwain, 21, of 1010 E. Arch St., and Nicholas Marquis Dooley, 21, of 682 Shiloh Unity Road, all pleaded guilty in general sessions court.
    Blackwell pleaded guilty and received a 30-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter.

  • Jackets' Ellis signs to play for Lancers



    BUFORD – University of South Carolina at Lancaster baseball coach Steve Williams relishes the chance at landing a talented prospect and when he’s from the area, that’s icing on the cake.

  • Where will new district lines be?

    Christopher Sardelli
    It happens every 10 years and can change the face of local politics in Lancaster County.
    It’s called redistricting, a process where Lancaster County Council redraws its districts based on population counts from the U.S. Census.
    And with county results from the 2010 Census expected by the end of March, council began planning for the decennial event at its March 1 meeting.

  • Conference on youth set for next week

    Reece Murphy
    The Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth is hosting a conference next week aimed at preventing youth substance abuse in rural communities.
    The three-day conference, titled 2011 Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities: Emerging Themes in the Prevention Literature, will be held March 7-9 at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley building.

  • End of era for Irene Plyler

    Christopher Sardelli
    For the first time since she was a teenager, Irene Plyler is taking a much-needed break.
    Recently retired as Lancaster County Council’s first and only clerk, a job she held for more than 33 years, it’s taken Plyler a few weeks to adjust to her new schedule.
    “I was scared about retiring,” Plyler said. “I’ve been working since I was 14 years old in my father’s shoe store.”