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Today's News

  • Rash of burglaries reported recently

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile said his office has identified suspects they believe are responsible for a recent rash of burglaries.
    Between Oct. 29 and Oct. 31, sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of seven different burglaries or larcenies.
    Faile said one suspect was arrested Saturday. He wouldn’t release the name, as deputies are looking to arrest at least one more person, he said.
    The burglaries remain under investigation.

  • Twice-dead veteran to share experiences

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land’s own Jacky Bayne will share how God has worked in his life, bringing him back from the dead, not just once, but twice.
    Bayne was declared dead twice during his tour of duty in Vietnam in the 1960s, and although he lost his right leg and is paralyzed on his left side, he’s very much alive today, and happily married.
    He and his wife, Patsy, travel all over the area, sharing his story at churches and schools.

  • Hood, Howard thankful for re-election

    Lancaster City Councilman Kenny Hood said voters picked the better candidate in the District 1 race.
    Hood, who represents that district, defeated challenger Anthony Elder by 58 percentage points Tuesday night.
    Hood got 262 votes (79 percent) compared to Elder’s 70 votes (21 percent).
    The Lancaster County Election Commission certified the results Friday.
    “The best candidate won,” Hood said. “The work I’ve done speaks for itself.”

  • Habitat may get $10,000 from anonymous donor

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County may soon receive a sizable contribution, but needs the community’s help for it to materialize.
    A Lancaster resident has promised to donate $10,000 to the organization, just as long as the group is able to raise the same amount through donations. The donor wishes to remain anonymous.
    “We know the individual,” said Virginia Biggerstaff, who serves on the board for the local Habitat. “I have been assured that he plans to follow through. He’s assured us he has the money.”

  • County Council meets Tuesday

    Lancaster County Council will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
    Discussion and information items include:
    •  Restoration of the historic courthouse
    • Planning commission yearly update
    • Roy Hardin Park update
    • Committee reports
    • County attorney report
    Action items include:
    • Authorization of the sale of surplus property
    • Approval of work session and regular session minutes
    • Board and commission appointments
    Agenda items include:

  • Benefits planned to raise money for woman who needs transplants

    Families often pull together in times of need. Sometimes they need a little help from others. The Soliman family does right now.  
    Marlene Soliman is now in Pittsburgh awaiting a double lung and liver transplant.
    Her brothers, Hector Soliman of Lancaster and Miguel Soliman of Miami, along with their families, are trying to help raise $40,000 to cover the costs. So far, the family has raised around $1,300.

  • Ministry seeks to light the fire among Christian leaders

    Christian leaders often experience burn-out and discouragement. Many, especially small congregations and ministries with little material or emotional support, give up and fall by the wayside. Communities suffer as a result.
    But Pastor Marvin Tennant and his church, Christian Assembly Worship Center on S.C. 9 Bypass East, are on a mission – as Scripture says, to “lift up the hands which hang down.”

  • Thank firefighters for lower ISO rating

    Lancaster County residents recently got some news to celebrate. The Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating throughout most of the county has gone down to a 6.0.
    The rating is based on several factors, including fire services. Homeowners across Lancaster County should be thankful for the news, as the lower ISO rating will result in lower home insurance premiums for many of them.
    The Lancaster County Fire Service pushed for the countywide ISO rating. It applies to areas served by 17 of the county’s fire departments.

  • We learned some lessons this election

    First, let me say thank you to the people who worked the polls on Tuesday.  We had more than 160 people who went through the training and were there from 6 a.m. to after 8 p.m., with several staying almost to 10 p.m.
    We have a group of dedicated public servants working with us on election day who catch a lot of heat for long lines and slow machines that they have absolutely no control over. But I had no complaints about anyone who was not treated with the utmost care. For that I say thank you.

  • Stand up, be quiet for our veterans

    – Editor’s note: Due to requests from our readers, we are reprinting this Remember When column, which was originally published in the Nov. 9, 2008, edition of The Lancaster News.

    At one time, the significance of Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – wasn’t lost on anyone.  
    Of course, World War I ended years before I was born, but Uncle Harry made sure I was well-schooled on what he called the Great War or the War to End All Wars.
    There was a bunch of World War I soldiers around, too.