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Today's News

  • Banks Simpson wins first race at half-mile dirt track

    The first race held at Lancaster Speedway was on Sept. 11, 1954. According to the archives of The Lancaster News, that first race drew a standing-room crowd of more than 6,000 fans. Tommy Washam co-promoted the event with a 27-year-old up-and-comer from Oakboro, N.C., by the name of Bruton Smith.

  • Body found is Pennsylvania man

    A body found Monday night along Mount Carmel Road has been positively identified as a missing Pennsylvania man, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release.
    Lancaster County investigators, along with Charlotte and Pennsylvania authorities, say the body is that of Joseph Devivo, 87, from Stroud Township, Pa. The identification was made after an autopsy Wednesday morning.
    Check back for further information.

    Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416

  • Smith one constant in state titles

    John Smith never sets his sights on winning region titles or state championships. Rather, he simply aims for his team to get better. Somehow, though, his Great Falls Red Devils continue to win plenty of both.
    On March 3, Great Falls defeated Johnsonville for the Class A state title. Smith won another state title that he didn’t plan for or expect, even though he returned five of his top seven players from last year’s state title team, including the Class A Player of the Year.

  • Let sun shine in government

    It’s Sunshine Week, a week to promote open government.
    Since you are reading an editorial column in this newspaper, you likely care about what is going on in your community and with your government. This is a good thing and unfortunately not common enough.
    Let me encourage you to also care about open, transparent government on the local and state levels.
    Without open government, you don’t know how your tax dollars are spent, how your public bodies make decisions, or if our laws are being enforced efficiently and with equality.

  • Family Promise yard sale April 20-21

    Sherry Archie
    For The Lancaster News
    Thinking about doing some spring cleaning? As you clean up, why not go a step further and clean out? That’s what the volunteers at Family Promise of Lancaster hope you will do.
    They are readily accepting donations of your gently used items from appliances to books for their third annual Giant Yard Sale and Bake Sale to be held April 20-21 at the American Legion Fairgrounds.

  • Salkehatchie looking for families in need of help

    Staff reports
    The Catawba Salkehatchie Camp is looking for residents in Indian Land and Fort Mill who need help with substantial home repairs June 16-23.
    Since 1998, Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church has hosted 60 plus campers each summer for a work week that has helped more than 75 homeowners in Indian Land, Van Wyck and Fort Mill.
    The camp invites referrals from local agencies, such as the Indian Land Council on Aging, S.C. Department of Social Services and the Fort Mill Care Center, as well as local churches and individual concerned citizens.

  • Suspicious fire at building

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A smoky haze surrounded an old, brick Springs Industries building Sunday afternoon as several firefighters worked to extinguish a suspicious fire inside.
    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies, Lancaster police officers and members of the Lancaster, Gooches Crossroads, McDonald Green and Bell Town volunteer fire departments responded at 6:45 p.m. to 1101 Old Landsford Road. The fire was inside a former Springs general office building, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Woman attacked outside a store

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Deputies are searching for leads in an attack on a woman outside a Lancaster convenience store March 5.
    The attack happened at 1:15 p.m. near The Crossroads Grill, 1667 Memorial Park Road, as a 26-year-old Lancaster woman was leaving the store, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
    The victim told deputies she was about to get into her car when an unknown woman got out of a blue Ford Explorer and attacked her from behind, pulling her hair and punching her.

  • Hunting club reports damages

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A group of local hunters enlisted the help of authorities after a recent string of burglaries left them with thousands of dollars in damaged and missing property.
    The incidents, which span several months, were reported Feb. 24 after a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy was called to the 3400 block of Hoke Road in Heath Springs about a report of vandalism, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

  • Girl Scouts will celebrate 100th anniversary at courthouse Sunday

    Staff Reports
    All Girl Scouts, former Girl Scouts, Girl Scout leaders and the community are invited to a 100th anniversary celebration of Girl Scouting from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Historic Lancaster County Courthouse and Museum on Main Street in Lancaster.
    There will be displays on the history of Girl Scouting in Lancaster County and activities for Girl Scouts. Those who participate will earn a 100th anniversary patch.
    Participants are asked to bring Girl Scout photos, scrapbooks, memorabilia and memories to share. For details, call (803) 374-9994.