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Today's News

  • Natalie’s family grateful for support

    In this world in which we live, we often find ourselves thinking, it’s more like Sodom and Gomorrah than the country our forefathers founded.

    Almost everywhere you look today you see crime and violence on every hand. It’s as if no one cares for their fellow man anymore. But we have seen with our own eyes for the past two months – love, compassion, understanding, kindness, support, affection and faith like we have never seen before.

  • Lancaster teen faces charges in July 24 shooting incident

    A 17-year-old was arrested on several charges stemming from a shooting incident on Clinton Avenue Extension on July 24.

    Markivious Demond Samuel, of 122-A Pleasant Hill St., was charged by the Lancaster Police Department with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, carrying a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under 18, discharging a firearm in the city and two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill.

  • Pleasant Hill needs your support

    I would like to address the citizens of Pleasant Hill community concerning the proposed closing of Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

    As stated in an earlier editorial, this department was one of the first departments in Lancaster County. Generations of good men have worked hard to protect the community from fires and to assist in medical emergencies.

    On Monday, July 27, Lancaster County Council will be voting on Lancaster County Fire Commission’s recommendation to close the fire department.

  • Sharks notch win over host Kershaw Stingrays

    The Lancaster County swim team Sharks posted a win over host Kershaw, downing the Stingrays, 440.5-114.5.

    Gracie Scott, Noah Phillips and Chris James led the LCST with four firsts in the meet.

    Emma DeVenny, Elizabeth Catoe, Cody Brown, Simon Wright and Logan Phillips each had three firsts.

    Taylor Lindsay posted two wins to boost the LCST effort.

    Kershaw was led by Luke Sowell, Victoria Joyner and Jennifer Truesdale who had two firsts apiece.

    Lancaster hosts its annual banquet on Monday at the Springdale Recreation Center.

  • Habitat for Humanity on solid ground

    The local Habitat for Humanity is building on a good year.

    A year from now, the local Habitat for Humanity is hoping to have two new builds and one rehabilitation project completed.

    So far, the progress is as solid as the materials used to construct local homes as well as improve housing.

    The Caskey Lane project in Lancaster should be finished by the end of summer. The organization has been building two single-family homes in the east Lancaster neighborhood.

  • Dawkins, Balkcum deserve recognition

    Debra Dawkins had her share of days in magistrate’s court.

    For her unending work and dedication to the job as magistrate judge, Dawkins had a special day.

    Lancaster County recently honored Dawkins for more than 30 years of work with the magistrate’s office.

    Since 1999, she has served as a county magistrate, the first black to hold the post here.

    A proclamation honoring Dawkins noted she had a “sense of fairness and justice, and worked tirelessly to improve the judicial system.”

  • P-31 juniors rebound, stay alive in state tournament

    The Lancaster Post 31 American Legion baseball junior team stayed alive in the double-elimination state tournament with an 8-5 win over Georgetown on Thursday morning.

    The 14-7 Lancaster juniors opened the tournament in Marion, dropping a 5-1 loss to Beaufort on Wednesday afternoon.

    Post 31's win Thursday moved it to a 4:30 p.m. clash today when it faces the winner of the Marion vs. York game played later Thursday. Marion is seeded second, while York, which finished fourth in League V, is seeded sixth.

  • No-till gardening builds soil from the top down

    At age 77, William Reid doesn’t get around that well and prefers to ride his mower to the small garden beside his Culp Ferguson Road home.

    Behind the mower is a small trailer loaded with hoes, clippers, rakes and a Garden Weasel cultivator.

    However, those tools aren’t getting much use this summer. The same goes for the almost-new garden tiller parked in Reid’s shed.

    It hasn’t been cranked all year, which is expected, since Reid decided against using it.

  • Blood, cancer center asset to county

    In November 2008, I went to my family surgeon, Dr. Sunil Lalla, for my yearly check up. He asked me how long it had been since I had a colonoscopy and I told him that it had been two years. He said I needed one because of my age.

    When my report came back showing that I had cancer and needed surgery, my family was told to accompany me to the doctor’s office. When he told me that it was malignant and that I need to take chemotherapy, his nurse, Mandy Gooch, wrapped her arms around me and told me that things would go fine. She had some great words for me.

  • Pickup truck crashes into used car lot

    Jim Lineberger had just gotten a clean bill of health from his doctor Wednesday morning.

    That was before a car ran a stop sign at Connor Street and Lineberger swerved his Ford pickup truck to avoid a crash on South Market Street.

    Lineberger, who was headed south on South Market Street, crossed into the opposite lanes, traveled along the sidewalk and then hit a utility pole and six cars in Adam’s Auto Sales used car lot.

    The crash snapped the power pole in half.

    Lineberger also hit a couple wooden poles in the car lot.