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  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 2 of 4

    Wesley Dry sprinted around a blind curve on the trail, searching for the person yelling up ahead as dusk fell on the forest.
    What he saw froze him in place.
    Ten feet ahead stood an adult black bear, its eyes locked on Dry’s.
    Time slowed to a crawl. Dry stood there for several seconds, waiting to see what the animal would do next.
    It was quiet. The sounds of rustling trees and his own breathing filled Dry’s ears.
    His mind flashed to every lesson he’d ever learned about black bears.

  • Panthers loss doesn’t tarnish fans’ Super Bowl 50 experience

    The disappointment of the Panthers losing Super Bowl 50 didn’t totally tarnish a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Lancaster fans attending Sunday’s NFL Championship game.
    “We were disappointed with the loss, but overall it was a great experience,” said Dr. Mark Makhuli, a urologist with Comprehensive Urology in Lancaster. “It was awesome. We explored San Francisco and the NFL Experience. It was great.”

  • Local man dies during Super Bowl celebration

    Lancaster businessman William Rucker died Sunday while he and eight members of his close-knit family were in the San Francisco area celebrating Super Bowl 50.
    “It’s absolutely devastating,” his father, Lancaster dentist Douglas Rucker, said Monday, Feb. 8.
    Rucker, 44, collapsed at Fisherman’s Wharf on Sunday moments after former Carolina Panthers wide receiver and ESPN analyst Keshawn Johnson gave a football to William’s 9-year-old son, Aaron “Little Aaron” Rucker.

  • Family gets keys to 15th local Habitat home

    For years, Shawnta Lang wanted more for her children, but her American dream of owning a home was out of reach.
    Not anymore. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, that dream became a reality Monday when the mother of three reached out and took the door keys of 1123 Ten Oaks Drive from Barry Felner and Jerri Lynn Sanders.
    “Welcome to your new home,” Felner told Lang, putting the keys in her hand.
    A shy and tearful Lang thanked everyone who made her dream of homeownership come true.

  • Hundreds leave ILHS due to social-media fears

    Desks sat empty and some classes were half-full at Indian Land High School on Monday, Feb. 8, after a student comment spread on social media, causing almost 200 students to either stay home or leave early from school.
    Bryan Vaughn, safety director for the Lancaster County School District, said the mass exodus of students, about 20 percent of the student population, stemmed from concerns about a vague student comment reported Friday.

  • Pianist pairs Beatles songs with Chopin

    Steinway artist Pamela Howland is a classically trained concert pianist, a specialist in the works of Polish composer Frederic Chopin, and a fan of the Beatles. But primarily, she communicates emotions to audiences through the language of music.
    Vivacious, imaginative, sensitive and a bit unconventional, she is that rare classically trained performing artist who thrives as an entertainer. Now, Howland has created original piano arrangements of beloved Beatles tunes, transporting the Fab Four back to Chopin’s musical landscape.

  • Mayoral candidate forum

    Candidates in Lancaster’s special election for mayor will discuss their views at a Feb. 15 candidate forum.
    The event, sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, The Lancaster News and LearnTV, will be held at the Carol Ray Dowling Building at USC Lancaster. A public meet-and-greet session will start at 5 p.m., followed by the forum at 5:30.
    The moderator will be Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations. Candidates will make opening statements and then answer questions from Jiran.

  • The Challenge of a Lifetime; Part 1 of 4

    Hail pelted Wesley Dry’s car as he peered out at the wild expanse before him.
    Tall, spindly trees, their leaves just starting to grow, towered overhead. A red sign beckoned through the mist.
    “Appalachian Trail Approach.”
    Waiting impatiently for the surprise storm to end, the 25-year-old Buford native prepared himself for the grueling journey ahead – a solo 2,200-mile hike along the world’s longest marked trail.

  • Lancaster Children’s Home volunteer charged with giving alcohol to minor

    A volunteer with Lancaster Children’s Home has been charged with giving a teenage resident alcohol.
    Heather Myers, 46, of 2622 Knotty Pine Drive, Lancaster, was charged Tuesday with one misdemeanor count of giving beer or wine to a minor, transfer or gift.  
    Lancaster County sheriff’s spokesman Doug Barfield said Myers was listed in investigative reports as a “direct care giver” with the organization.

  • Gene Smith, founder of Mr. G’s, dies at 83

    Gene Smith never shied away from hard work.
    “If a nail needed driving or shelf needed stocking, Gene would jump right in there,” said longtime friend Francis Bell Jr. “He didn’t mind getting his hands dirty one bit.”
    Born Aug. 5, 1932, the former Lancaster homebuilder, who eventually went into business as the head of the family-owned Mr. G’s Food Stores, died early Friday at his home. He was 83.