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Today's News

  • Speaker offers young students advice and encouragement

    A major disability hasn’t kept New Jersey resident Malcolm Phillips from reaching out and sharing his story with the world.

    Phillips, 20, was born with cerebral palsy. He was the guest speaker at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School’s fifth-grade graduation June 3.

    He is the godson of Principal Gwen Minor.

    Phillips can’t walk or use his hands, and isn’t able to talk clearly. He gets around in a wheelchair and needs assistance with all tasks.

  • Wal-Mart making plans for new store

    INDIAN LAND – Get ready shoppers, Wal-Mart is making plans to build its second Lancaster County store.

    Chris Neely, spokesman for Wal-Mart, said the company has opened bids on construction at the Indian Land site off U.S. 521 near the North Carolina state line. A contractor has not yet been awarded, but Neely said that could happen in late summer or early fall.

    Once work begins, Neely said it could take up to a year to finish construction and ready the building.

  • Economist at local forum: Recovery may begin in fall

    An economist told Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members Thursday morning that the economy could begin to recover from the recession in the fourth quarter of 2009.

    Steve Rick, senior economist for the Credit Union National Association, addressed chamber members at the Economic Forum 2009 at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    Rick said many economists believe this is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. He said the recession of 2001 was minor in comparison.

  • USCL sounds the trump for 2009-10 Performing Arts Series

    Do the math.

    Those in search of the perfect Father’s Day gift may want to consider buying Dad a season ticket for the 2009-10 Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    At $395, that works out to about $44 apiece for the nine upcoming shows, which includes The Spinners, Little Big Town, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Tams.

  • Sheriff: Woman set fire to home, again

    A Lancaster woman charged with setting fire to her ex-boyfriend’s house in February has been charged again with the same crime.

    Ashley Kirkland, 24, address unknown, has been charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree arson, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    According to an incident report, a deputy responded Saturday morning to 1118 2nd St. because of a house fire.

  • Time runs short for DTV update

    Ready or not, the switch from analog television to the digital age is here.

    If you don’t notice anything different, that’s a good thing, analysts say.

    “When you get up Saturday morning and turn on your TV, if it doesn’t work,  you’ll know,” said Doug Crenshaw, owner of the Energy Center, who is certified to sell the special converter boxes that decode the digital signal.

    The FCC has set up  a toll-free hot line – 1-888-CALL FCC (225-5322) – for viewers with technical difficulties.

  • Police following leads in Saturday shootings

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    Authorities continue to probe the early Saturday morning shooting that sent a recent high school graduate to the hospital.

    Lancaster Police Lt. James Kirk said Monday afternoon that no arrests have been made in the incident in which Todd Talford, 18, a 2009 Lancaster High School grad, was shot in the chest at Crenco Food Store on South Main Street.

    Though no suspects have been identified, Kirk said investigators are following up on leads. Police are looking for a motive, he said.

  • My robe smells like old curtains

    The economy was good. All the mills were running three shifts full tilt, with jobs available to those who showed interest in becoming lint heads.

    As a soon-to-be 1951 graduate of Lancaster High School, I was about to achieve a milestone in a textile town; I was about to get my high school diploma.

    It’s what I had been working hard for and was the one highlight for my years of schooling.

    It was a good time; the 1950’s were just getting off the ground and great things were ahead, or so we thought.

    But last summer, war started in far off Korea.

  • 218 arrested in local roundup

    Sheriff Barry Faile said he was sworn in as sheriff on Jan. 5, and on Jan. 6, Operation New Year’s Resolution began.

    At a press conference Thursday at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and flanked by elected officials and local and state law enforcement officials, Faile talked about the operation, which netted 218 arrests, drugs, guns and $27,000.

    Crimes range from criminal domestic violence to driving offenses and drug charges.

    Faile said 119 arrests came as the result of checkpoints, warrant sweeps and specialized narcotics operations.

  • County considers funding to train call center workers

    Lancaster County Council is considering a funding request for a new workforce training program that could attract call centers to the county.   

    Keith Tunnell, president of the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., and Ernie Green, dean of Off Campus Centers for York Technical College, spoke to council Monday.