Today's News

  • 4 churches agree to participate in homeless shelter network

    Just two months into organization, volunteers wanting to start a network of homeless shelters at local churches are seeing concrete results from their work.

    Four host churches have now agreed to participate in the Interfaith Hospitality Network's shelters for qualifying homeless families. A month ago, one church had agreed to participate.

    Host churches agree to donate facilities to shelter families a week at a time.

  • Isn’t paper’s editorial section the place to air your opinions?

    After reading Karen Paulson’s letter to the paper about how my letter to the paper was not necessary, I was a little bit confused.

    I was under the impression that the opinion section of the newspaper was exactly the place to air my opinion.

    I am thankful to live in a country where I have the freedom to express my thoughts and a forum in which to do so.

    And, as a matter of fact, someone from both the tax assessor’s office and the Department of Motor Vehicles contacted my husband and me.

  • System to address court backlog

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield took advantage of his time before local business leaders Dec. 20 to tell them about his office's work and its significance to commerce in this area.

    Barfield told those at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce's Third Thursday meeting at Lancaster City Hall about a new system the office will use to deal with the county's case backlog, after acknowledging that the county has a substantial backlog of cases for all kinds of criminal charges, both new and old.

    "We do have a backlog. There's no doubt about it," Barfield said.

  • Soldier from Fort Lawn dies in wreck in El Paso, Texas

    FORT LAWN - A soldier from Fort Lawn who was injured in Iraq earlier this year died early Saturday in a car accident in Texas, a newspaper there is reporting.

    U.S. Army Spc. Charles "Charlie" Messer, 20, died when his car rolled in northeast El Paso near where he was stationed. Messer would have boarded a plane that same day to go home for the holidays, according to the El Paso Times.

    Messer was driving a 2007 Honda Accord east on Loop 375 when he lost control, struck a metal guardrail and rolled about 1:45 a.m., the newspaper reported.

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  • Pleasant Valley FD gets paid day-timer

    INDIAN LAND - Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Blackwelder answered two calls on Dec. 18.

    The calls were a little different than usual, as Blackwelder, who has been chief of the department since 1973, took them as a full-time, paid firefighter.

  • Author advises young writers

    INDIAN LAND – Right now, she has 87 books swirling around in her head, on her computer and in boxes of notes she takes.

    But Catherine Ritch Guess prefers to handwrite her books.

    "Computers don't have soul," she explained to Kim Tallent's language arts class Dec. 6. She described for the students how each story travels from her head, down her arm, to her hand and then to paper. Students listened in rapt attention as she spoke of how her fiction is based on real people she meets and places she goes.

  • Local fraternity warms hearts and body with annual meal

    Seeing smiles on people's faces after they receive a free lunch is like receiving a Christmas gift to the brothers of Omega Psi Phi.

    Since 1973, brothers of the national service fraternity have reserved a day each Christmas season to serve lunch to the community - especially seniors and public workers.

    That tradition continued Friday when the local chapter served a hot lunch at the A.R. Rucker Middle School cafeteria.

    Visitors enjoyed turkey and dressing, rice and gravy, green beans, corn, yams, cranberry sauce and rolls. Homemade desserts were plentiful.