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Today's News

  • Stormwater fee reduced before final council OK

    Before giving the measure final approval Tuesday night, the Lancaster County Council reduced the new stormwater fee for Panhandle homeowners from $75 to $60 a year.
    The fee will be added to upcoming tax bills and applies to the area from S.C. 5 north to the county line. That portion of the county (Indian Land) is now considered to be in Charlotte’s urban area, with more than 1,000 residents per square mile.

  • Lancaster gets no-kill pet sanctuary

    Lancaster County will soon have its first no-kill pet sanctuary and will begin providing a safe haven to shelter pets by the end of September.
    In June, the Indian Land-based nonprofit rescue group Paws in the Panhandle bought Palmetto Kennels, located off U.S. 521 just past Shiloh Unity Road north of Lancaster.
    It’s a change in direction for Paws founder Gloria Davey, who had bought land in Fort Mill and planned to build a shelter from scratch there.

  • Transformer malfunction cuts power to 7,800 customers across Lancaster

    A transformer problem cut electricity to 7,800 Duke Energy customers across much of Lancaster on Wednesday morning.
    The outages were fixed within three hours, said Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s vice president of community affairs.
    The problem disrupted numerous businesses and government offices. City Hall went dark, and the Lancaster County Economic Development Department and Lancaster County Veteran Affairs offices, both in the 1000 block of West Meeting Street, were closed.

  • Bring your earplugs!

    Chloe Mungo
    For The Lancaster News

    The Rich Hill Truck and Tractor Pull Fall Festival this Saturday will be the community’s “biggest show ever,” says Damon Mungo, president of the Rich Hill Community Center.
     “We’re offering more purse money. We’ve got a new sled, and we’ve already got some big-time pullers coming,” Mungo said. “It’s getting bigger and better each year, and this year, we’re expecting the biggest show ever at Rich Hill.”

  • ‘Self-care’ can stress you out, but don’t let it

    I am beginning to think self-care is a cliché.  
    I see people talk about it on TV. I see businesses try to sell it. I read magazine articles about it. John Tesh shares tips on his nightly radio show.
    Self-care gets so much coverage, but it never seems to translate into actual self-care.
    Know what I mean?
    Last week I talked with a lady who is 36 years old and has three kids, two dogs, a spouse and a full-time job. She barely has time to breathe.
    She knows she needs to take better care of herself, but she’s hesitant.

  • Irma's Impact

    Tropical Storm Irma left Lancaster County littered with debris and 1,400 power outages on Tuesday as it spun past the state and into the Tennessee Valley.
    Duke Energy line crews here were working around the clock to restore power to homes. There were still 532 power outages in the county at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
    “Irma didn’t pick on any part of Lancaster County more than another,” said Rick Jiran, Duke’s vice president of community relations.

  • Firefighters join solemn 9/11 stair climb

    Eighteen Lancaster County firefighters and three guests climbed 110 flights of stairs at the Duke Energy Building in Uptown Charlotte on Saturday during the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
    They were among 714 climbers who raised $21,000 for the families of New York firefighters who died in the attack on the 110-story World Trade Center.

  • Woman grabs 2 sons, flees burning home in Brooklyn

    Mark Manicone
    mmanicone@thelancasternews.com

    Artrise Stalk awoke to flames in her bedroom Monday afternoon at her house in Brooklyn. She grabbed her two young sons and ran out the door.
    “I was asleep, and I heard a big bang. I woke up and there were flames everywhere,” Stalk said, still shaking an hour later at her cousin’s house down the street.
    She and her sons made it out uninjured, but lost many of their belongings in the fire.

  • 9 candidates file for VW council, just 1 for mayor

    Nine candidates filed for the four town council seats in Van Wyck’s upcoming inaugural election, but just one person signed up to be mayor – Sean Corcoran.
    Corcoran, 42, was one of three incorporation commissioners who led the last stages of the organizing effort.
    An attorney at the law firm Brock & Scott in Charlotte, he said Tuesday he was surprised no one else filed for the mayor’s job – and that so many people jumped into  the council race.

  • Ceremony honors 9/11 victims, notes city’s recent trauma

    Mark Manicone
    mmanicone@thelancasternews.com

    Irma’s howling wind and driving rain Monday weren’t enough to keep a group of Lancaster citizens from honoring those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
    Pastors from multiple local churches gathered with Lancaster firefighters and other citizens to pray for those affected by the terrorist attack 16 years ago. The crowd at the Historic Courthouse totaled about 20.