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Today's News

  • Give Local Lancaster blasts past goal

    Fate handed Give Local Lancaster another day of donating and the community rallied, giving 36 local nonprofits more than $60,000.   
    The online total of $60,865 is expected to rise by about $30,000, once prize incentives and matching funds from sponsoring businesses are added, according to the J. Marion Sims Foundation, which led the local effort.
    “One of the marks of a healthy community is the level of engagement of its citizens. I’d say we get high marks there indeed,” said Susan DeVenny, president of the foundation.

  • Budget plan gives teachers 2% raise

    Lancaster County teachers would get 2 percent raises for the 2016-17 school year – their first since 2013 – under the school district’s proposed budget.
    The Lancaster County school board met and reviewed the proposed $97.9 million budget May 2, said Tony Walker, the district’s chief financial officer. The school budget is based on the state’s projected budget, which won’t be complete until the end of June. State law requires the schools’ budget to be final by July 1.

  • $1M grant would collect, analyze local crime data

    The city of Lancaster will partner with Lancaster County to pursue a three-year, $1 million federal grant that would help address significant crime issues here.
    Administered by the U.S. Justice Department, the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program grant would pay for data collection and analysis geared toward pinpointing trouble spots and exploring possible solutions.

  • Mold removal, electric repairs finished at old Kershaw library

    KERSHAW – Now that mold-laden drywall has been removed from the old memorial library on North Matson Street, civic groups and others using the building won’t have to make other arrangements.
    A roof leak caused widespread mildew and electrical problems in the 68-year-old town-owned building.
    Mitch Lucas, Kershaw interim administrator, said electrical upgrades are also complete.
    While the flat roof was coated in a layer of aluminum sealer in mid-Feburary and some worn roof flashing was replaced, the nagging leak persists.

  • More cases of pilfering from unlocked vehicles

    The Lancaster Police Department is investigating a second string of cases of a thief or thieves rummaging through unlocked cars in the last 30 days.
    The latest incidents happened about 5 a.m. April 29 at a home in the 700 block of Dunlap Street, in the 300 block of Nichols Road that same day, early Saturday in the Hardee’s parking lot on S.C. 9 Bypass, and Monday at a Hudson Street home.
    In the Dunlap Street incident, someone rifled through a 2011 GMC Arcadia and stole $20 from the armrest console.

  • Lancaster man gets 5 years in federal drug-trafficking case

    A Lancaster man arrested on drug charges in 2014 after jumping from a moving car during a traffic stop was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison Tuesday, the same day the driver of the car pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge.
    According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles’ office, Martiquos Javon McIlwain, 23, of 804 Chesterfield Ave., was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 64 months followed by five years’ supervised release.

  • Armed burglar arrested following standoff

    A Lancaster man run off by a woman who caught him burglarizing her home was arrested Wednesday night after an armed standoff outside a nearby church.
    Casey Wayne Faile, 30, of 1785 Wadell Stinson Road, is charged with first-degree burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, threatening the life of a public official and possession of controlled substances.

  • Sen. Scott’s bill would boost growth in poor communities

    From release

    WASHINGTON – Sen. Tim Scott this week introduced the Investing in Opportunity Act, a bipartisan bill proposing a new solution to encourage economic growth and job creation in economically distressed communities.
    The South Carolina Republican was joined by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Reps. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) in introducing the bill, which offers a temporary capital gains deferral in exchange for reinvesting those dollars into distressed communities.

  • Widespread wallop

    A severe thunderstorm cut through central Lancaster County on Monday afternoon, leaving plenty of broken and uprooted trees, damaged buildings and downed electric lines that cut power to more than 1,500 homes and businesses.
    “It was not tornadic, but straight-line winds with sudden downbursts,” said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder. “We did see quite a bit of damage.”

  • Web glitch extends Give Local deadline

    Give Local Lancaster has been extended for another 24 hours after heavy online giving nationwide shut down the website that was coordinating the day of crowdfunding for thousands of nonprofits across the country.
    The Lancaster-area drive had raised more than $23,000 – almost halfway to its $50,000 goal – about 1 p.m. when the volume of traffic began crashing servers at Give Local America, the national website through which donations were passing. The site froze just before 4 p.m.