Today's News

  • More than 30 guns turned in at local drive

    The Rev. Otis Lathan will never forget the look of despair on the face of a Lancaster mother who had just lost her second son to a violent crime.

    Lathan, pastor at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, has given the eulogies for two brothers, both of whom were younger than 30 when they died. The most recent was the victim of a fatal shooting in January.

    As Lathan glanced at their anguished mother during the funeral, he said he knew something had to be done to help eliminate senseless violence.

    His idea was a gun buy-back program.

  • Fight for life comes to Fantasia Farms

    Jimmy Mastranunzio is pushing 40.

    He’s a typical dad who worries about his four children, Haley, Tanner, Jaxon and Kevin and his wife Cyndi.

    And he’d like to talk to them, but he can’t.

    His body has robbed him of that ability and is slowly robbing him of the things most of us take for granted, said his best friend Lauri Pistolis.

    Diagnosed with an incurable disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2005, Pistolis said no one knows if Mastranunzio will see his next birthday.

  • County Council debates rezones

    After 30 years of living along Country Club Drive in Lancaster, Bob Hunter worried a newly proposed rezoning could damage his neighborhood.

    Hunter became concerned after hearing that a tract of land about 300 yards from where he lives could soon be turned into apartment buildings. He urged Lancaster County Council a few weeks ago not to approve the rezoning.

    “People who rent property do not take care of the property,” Hunter said. “When they move, they leave stuff around.”

  • Volunteers avenge loss to Jackets

    KERSHAW Andrew Jackson avenged an earlier 3-2, extra-inning loss to county rival Buford, taking a 6-5 home baseball win over the Jackets on Wednesday.

    Vols’ freshman right-hander Tripp Rollings went the distance, allowing five runs – four earned. He surrendered eight hits and four walks, with one strikeout.

    The Vols made the most of four hits, with Bobby Delly leading the way with two hits, including a double, RBI and a stolen base.

  • Bruins rally, blast Stallions

    Lancaster spotted visiting South Pointe a 6-0 lead, then ignited for 14 runs on the way to a football-like 14-6 slugfest Region IV-AAAA baseball win over the Stallions on Thursday night.

    Matters looked bleak for the Bruins after SPHS forged its early cushion highlighted by Brad Zebadous’ towering two-run home run which landed on top of the K-mart.

    Lancaster then responded with five runs in the bottom of the fourth, three in the fifth and six in the sixth to build its eight-run margin.

  • County Hoops Coup

    The 2009-10 Lancaster County girls basketball season featured a familiar theme – the Indian Land Lady Warriors were again supreme.

    The IL girls, led by veteran coach Tamara Jacobus and ace junior guard Mariah Williams, were once again the toast of the county hardwood.

    Jacobus repeated as The Lancaster News’ girls basketball Coach of the Year, while Williams was again The News’ Player of the Year.

  • County Hoops Coup

    On the eve of the 2009-10 high school basketball season, fifth-year Lancaster High School head coach Ricardo Priester said he felt the Bruins’ program was on the brink of reaching his expectations.

    The Bruins proved so as they posted a 20-win season and earned a share of the Region IV-AAAA basketball championship, firsts in Priester’s tenure at LHS.

  • Bruins soccer netting respect

    In a world of “what have you done lately?” the phrase doesn’t always fit like, say, a goalkeeper’s gloves.

    The Lancaster Bruins’ soccer team comes to mind.

    LHS dropped a hard-fought 2-1 match to South Pointe of Rock Hill on Thursday night when the issue was decided on penalty kicks following two overtimes at Memorial Stadium.

  • Teacher travels to Azerbaijan

    A local educator is half a world away learning about another culture while sharing classroom strategies with fellow teachers.

    Crystal Fields, the lead ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) teacher for the Lancaster County School District, has traveled to Azerbaijan in Eurasia to complete a two-week fellowship funded through the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) U.S. teacher-exchange program.

    About 400 teachers throughout the United States applied for the fellowship and 40 were selected to participate.

  • Lancers take 3 of 4 from Indians, hosting Pitt CC today, Saturday

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster Lancers enter a weekend home baseball series after taking three of four games over Region X foe USC-Salkehatchie last weekend in Allendale.

    Lancaster, which hosts Pitt Community College of Greenville, N.C. today and Saturday for a pair of doubleheaders, opened the Salkehatchie series with a doubleheader sweep of the Indians.

    USCL won 9-7 and 8-7.

    In the two-run win over the Indians, Jarrett Miller, 4-2, hurled five innings and struck out 11. He allowed eight hits, seven runs and a walk.