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Today's News

  • Street safety at issue for IL schools

    An Indian Land Middle School parent has collected about 300 signatures on a petition pushing SCDOT to put in sidewalks and crosswalks on River Road and U.S. 521.
    “I don’t want someone to get hurt or killed before they decide to put in crosswalks and sidewalks,” said Pam Houge, who started the petition Oct. 26 and got about 300 signatures in two weeks. “It shouldn’t take someone getting killed before they do something.
    “I’m on a mission. I’m not going to stop until this is done.”

  • Crunch time for retailers as shopping blitz nears

    Lancaster County retailers have their Black Friday inventory and are stocking shelves in preparation for the busiest shopping day of the year.
    Hot big-ticket items this year are expected to include televisions, Apple watches, gaming systems and appliances.
    More than 164 million consumers in the United States are expected to shop over the Thanksgiving weekend and cyber Monday, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF).
    In 2016, individual shoppers spent on average $289.19, the NRF reported.

  • Don’t pull your back lifting today’s paper!

    This is not your everyday Lancaster News. It’s the Thanksgiving paper, which means enough advertising content to wallpaper your house three times.
    In our business, we joke that this one is “a real dog-killer,” harkening back to when kids on bikes threw newspapers onto front porches. This was the day for porch pooches to stand clear when the massive missive arrived.

  • 4 VFDs respond to Riverside Road house fire

    Four volunteer fire departments responded to a house fire early Saturday at 2037 Riverside Road in Lancaster County.
    Firefighters from Gooches, Shiloh Zion, Riverside and Charlotte Road/Van Wyck fire departments were called to the blaze at 3:27 a.m. and were on scene until 7:16 a.m.
    The fire is still under investigation, with no cause determined yet, said Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.

  • City council OKs switch to digital communication

    The Lancaster City Council has approved an upgrade to the city’s dispatch system.
    Council unanimously voted for the agenda item 5-0, with council members Tamara Green Garris and Linda Blackmon absent from the Nov. 14 meeting. The upgrade will cost the city $22,330.
    “It’s one of those things that – it’s not that we want to do it…, we’ve got to do it,” said Mayor John Howard.

  • Kids’ turkey tricks

    Turkey recipes vary this Thanksgiving – at least among Erwin Elementary students.
    Most of their recipes call for an hour of cooking, but others have a few unheard-of touches.
    The first step for Kyra Smith, 10, is thawing the turkey.
    “Hit it with a hammer a few times,” Kyra said. “It gets the ice off pretty well.”
    Seasoning and stuffing is next after the turkey is completely thawed out.
    Will Stokes, 10, said when stuffing the turkey, there are all types of possibilities.

  • Thousands of arrest warrants scrapped

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department are canceling thousands of arrest warrants after a state Supreme Court justice directed magistrates to stop jailing low-level offenders who skip court dates or don’t pay fines.
    Chief Justice Donald Beatty put court officials on notice in mid-September to end the practice.
    “We follow the direction we are given,” said Lancaster Municipal Judge Cammie Heath.

  • Old jail’s intricate stonework uncovered

    The “new” look of the almost 200-year-old historic Lancaster County Jail on West Gay Street is drawing a lot of attention.
    Renovators have exposed hand-hewn stone masonry hidden beneath layers of stucco, and those working on the multi-year restoration project are trying to determine if it’s feasible to keep it looking that way.
    Built in 1823, the jail was designed by Robert Mills. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a National Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

  • Lancaster teen held in York Co. murder

    A Lancaster teen has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Charlotte resident in York County two weeks ago.
    Trenyatta Jondae Massey, 18, of the Elgin community, was charged with murder and attempted murder in the killing of Angel Carmindo Dominguez Vega, 23, of Charlotte, said Trent Faris, spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office.
    Massey also faces cocaine-trafficking and marijuana-possession charges.

  • Wastewater plant might upgrade to solar power

    The city of Lancaster’s Wastewater Treatment Plant might soon be getting a 21st century electrical upgrade.
    City council members this week unanimously approved studying the possibility of building a one-acre solar array at the plant to help offset its high electricity costs.
    The study will be conducted by W.K Dickson contractors and will cost the city $5,000. Council members Linda Blackmon and Tamara Green-Garris were not present at the Tuesday night meeting.