Today's News

  • Florists feel the pinch this Valentine’s Day

    For the last few years, Frances Baker has seen a good deal of business at her flower shop. But the declining economy has presented her with a thorny problem – fewer customers.

    Baker, owner of The Lily Pad Florist on S.C. 9 Bypass, said she has seen a significant drop in customers as Valentine’s Day edges closer.

    Through Wednesday night, she said orders for Valentine’s Day flowers were only about 25 percent of the total ordered during the same time last year. She also said she’s seen far fewer pre-orders compared to last year.

  • Billboard campaign seeks to educate motorists about distracted driving

    CHARLOTTE  – AAA Carolinas is expanding its ad campaign to billboards in North and South Carolina to warn drivers of the dangers of distracted driving, particularly the use of a cell phone and texting while driving.

    “Last year, we started a campaign with ads above gas pumps in gas stations in different counties in the Carolinas to warn drivers of the possible consequences of using a cell phone or texting while driving,” said Tom Crosby, president of AAA Carolinas’ Traffic Safety Foundation.

  • Early warm spell doesn’t concern local peach farmer

    The recent stretch of warm weather has Lancaster County plants a little confused.

    Van Wyck resident Janie Straight said daffodils are blooming where she lives.

    And in Rich Hill, some of the peach trees at Don Gowan’s farm are budding.

    Gowan, a longtime peach farmer, is accustomed to the ups and downs of growing the delectable, fuzzy fruit. He has about 25 acres of peaches, 1 acre of plums and about 2 acres of Asian pears.

  • Movies keep me up with the times

    As spring got warmer, things got busy with school and such.

    All of that reading, writing and arithmetic temporarily pushed back my plans to build a British Spitfire out of cardboard gleaned from behind the Parr Brothers’ Furniture store.

    I didn’t like it, but I had to wait until summer vacation to assemble my English fighter plane.   

    Now you may ask why I had my heart set on a British Spitfire. Well, why not?

    One  cold winter Saturday morning, I got lucky.

  • Photos signed by DiMaggio, Mantle to be auctioned at gala

    A baseball signed by major league stars, a puppy and art are just some of the items that will be auctioned off during the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ annual gala on Saturday.

    The gala, the arts council’s biggest fundraiser, begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club. The theme is Mardi Gras Mystique.

    A jazz band, fortune teller, magician, food and open bar will be part of the fun. The band, Troy Conn, will be performing New Orleans-style jazz.

  • Lancaster man gets 16 years in federal prison on gun charge

    A Lancaster man was sentenced to almost 16 years in federal prison on a gun charge last week.

    Larry Ingram Jr., 24, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    The federal case against Ingram began with an incident in the city of Lancaster on April 11, 2008.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department report, officers were investigating a disturbance at a store on Chesterfield Avenue.

  • After almost 50 years, childhood sweethearts are still in love

    For Donzell and Billy Allen, every day is Valentine's Day. It’s been that way through almost 50 years together and 42 years of marriage. And the Allens – who have been inseparable since becoming grammar school sweethearts in 1959 – don’t plan on changing any time soon.

    It’s not that they don’t appreciate holidays, family birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.

    They keep it in perspective.

    “We try to make every day special,” Billy says. “We try not to make issues out of big days.”

  • Building for the future

    On June 10, 1950, the big news in Lancaster was the upcoming high school graduations, the annual opening of Springs Park and a visit here by a replica of the Liberty Bell.

    There was no newspaper mention about the group of Rock Hill Road (Riverside Road) residents who met at the old Catawba School that day with the goal of forming a missionary Baptist church in their community.

    But it was a something that everyone at the meeting fully agreed with.

  • Police reports ee" February 13, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – A man went into Westgate Exxon about 6:15 p.m. Saturday and pointed a gun at the clerk in an apparent robbery attempt.

    According to the report, a man in his early 20s came into the store, pointed a black .22-caliber revolver at the clerk and handed the clerk a note that demanded money.

    As the clerk was getting the money, the robber asked the clerk if he was going to call the police. When the clerk said yes, the robber left without taking any money.

  • Seek help early on to avoid losing your home

    Help is just a phone call or mouse click away for those looking to avoid home foreclosure.

    Wilson Consulting Associates is offering free counseling and consultation to residents who fear they may lose their homes.

    The group is providing the services through its partnership with Family Services Inc., which last year received federal grant money to assist homeowners.

    Jeff Wilson is the senior project manager for Wilson Consulting Associates, which serves residents in Lancaster, York, Chester and Mecklenburg counties on behalf on Family Services.