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Today's News

  • $20 on 20th promotion a hit here

    The minute Gizella Meyer opened her newspaper Wednesday morning, she knew how she was spending her day.

    With her family in tow, Meyer traveled for lunch at one of her favorite restaurants, Wagz and Wishes at 126 S. Main St.

    There, her family enjoyed the special of the day, three sandwiches and drinks for just $20.

    The deal was one of many throughout Lancaster County on Wednesday, as businesses participated in the Spend $20 on May 20 promotion.

  • Time to shine

    Melanie Overcash is a Lancaster High School junior who’s ranked in the top 20 of her class. She was recently selected to serve as a junior marshal for the upcoming graduation ceremony.

    But the 17-year-old has been selected for something else, too, and this is a side of Melanie that her high school classmates might not be aware of.

    An aspiring model, Melanie and her mom, Amy Overcash, are headed to Paris, France, on Saturday for the invitation-only four-day European Model Showcase.

  • Parents miss teacher cut due to budget woes

    I have a son who attends Indian Land Middle School and I have personally been very involved in the Indian Land schools, as my son progressed from one to the other. He played on the golf team and in the band. I am very interested in the quality of education he receives and in the quality of instructors from whom he receives this education.

    I just found out that one of the best teachers I have been privileged to know was refused a contract for next school year at the middle school due to budgetary cutbacks.

  • Could I have s'mores?

    It’s a sure sign that warm weather is on the way.

    Right now, somewhere on a grocery store shelf, you’re going to find space dedicated to graham crackers, marshmallows and large Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars.

    That’s the way it should be.

    When you’re in the mood to make s’mores, you shouldn’t have to walk the aisles looking for the ingredients. It should be a quick dash in and back out the door.

  • Driver didn’t bother to stop after hitting, killing pet

    This is to the girl who was driving a jeep down on Bailey Road in the Elgin community at 4:42 p.m. on Jan. 29. The speed limit is 35 mph not 65. I stood there and watched as you killed my little Smokey, who was my baby and my heart. You were so cold-hearted.

    You didn’t even put on your brakes after hitting him. You just sped on down the road leaving me there holding him as he died. I was so close I saw you look back but you just kept on. What if this would have been a human child instead of my dog? Would you have kept on? Would you have stopped?

  • Local utility celebrating its 50th anniversary Friday

    The Lancaster County Water and Sewer District is celebrating its 50th anniversary and wants to celebrate it with its customers.

    The utility is holding a celebration from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, at the Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road.

    Three speakers will cover the history of the utility, and the accomplishments over the last 50 years. Past and present district commissioners will also be recognized.

    Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with barbecue and hot dogs on the menu.

  • Aiming high for astronaut

    Passing out copies to Lancaster County Council of a rendering he had commissioned of local astronaut Charles Duke, John Griffin fondly recounted why he believes his hometown hero deserves a monument in the city.

    Griffin, a Lancaster resident and former English professor at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, approached council members on April 27 hoping to persuade them to construct a statue of Duke in front of the soon-to-be-built county courthouse.

  • Breaking News Hand grenade found at construction site detonated

    Fire in the hole.

    It's not a phrase often heard over police radio, but Lancaster Police Department Sgt. Brenner Hartley said it Thursday afternoon.

    An employee of B&B Construction, which is working at the site of the new ALDI grocery store off U.S. 521 at the Lancaster city limits, noticed something strange while crews were graded the site.

    He called police when he realized that a crew had unearthed a hand grenade, Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said.

  • Great Falls woman dies after fall from spillway

    GREAT FALLS – A 20-year-old mother died Saturday between 6:30 and 7 p.m. after falling from the dam off Spillway Street in Great Falls.

    Leila Brendell Gaston, 20, of 36 Pine St., Great Falls, was with two other people when the accident happened, said Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker.

    Tinker said Gaston and a man were trying to cross the spillway on Duke Energy property when both fell onto the rocky area below.

    Gaston was pronounced dead at the scene. Preliminary autopsy results indicate that drowning was the cause of death, Tinker said.

  • Hallowed ground

    In the past 153 years, 88 members of Douglas Presbyterian have worn a military uniform.

    That makes the church cemetery hallowed ground for those who proudly served during the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and in Korea and Vietnam.

    Now their final resting place is getting a monument so they won’t be forgotten.

    The church will dedicate the marker at 3 p.m. Sunday during a memorial service.