Today's News

  • Airport project to begin in April

    Construction crews will begin concrete runway work at the Lancaster County Airport next month.

    The project, which will replace the top portion of the asphalt runway with 7.5 inches of concrete, is intended to strengthen the aging runway and make conditions safer for airplanes.

    The first phase of the project will involve shaving off the surface of the 6,000-foot asphalt runway and then pouring concrete over the remaining asphalt.

    The runway’s concrete work will be done in six separate, narrow bands that extend from each end of the runway.

  • County will have to update its traffic signs

    County officials are developing a plan to address the replacement of thousands of stop, speed limit and street-name signs in Lancaster County.

    In an effort to make roads safer throughout the country, the Federal Highway Administration mandated a few years ago that all traffic signs meet new reflective standards.

    The FHA requires that all traffic signs feature retroreflective properties, which means light from cars bounces off the signs, making them more visible to drivers.

  • Closure is also needed in Dr. Pittman's murder

    Over the past six weeks, The Lancaster News has featured its highly read Cold Case series about unsolved murders in Lancaster County dating back some 40 years.

    During those weeks, some faces from the past have rekindled reflections of those crime stories. Some of those I recall, like the late Harry Frazier, a gifted athlete in his day, playing youth sports in Lancaster.

  • City pledges support for proposed 15-county Carolina Thread Trail

    Lancaster City Council is supporting the effort to start a proposed regional nature trail.

    Travis Morehead, community coordinator for the Carolina Thread Trail organization, gave a presentation at City Council’s meeting Tuesday, informing council members on the group’s plan to connect hiking trails, natural greenways and significant historical sites across a 15-county area.

    Landsford Canal State Park, the 40 Acre Rock preserve and Andrew Jackson State Park are among the local attractions expected to be part of the trail.

  • 'I Spy' set the example for law enforcement officers

    Robert Culp died March 24. If that name rings a bell, it should. He was one of the stars in the television show, “I Spy,” which was on NBC from 1965 to 1968. His co-star in the series was the first black man in a leading role in a TV show, Bill Cosby.

  • Hidden legislation will allow payment for abortions

    On March 15, the House Budget Committee, by a 21-16, vote initiated the process that will allow the Senate to consider health-care reform under special rules that ban Senate filibusters and require a simple majority to approve the measure.

     “We’re taking the first step in the long, arduous process toward health-care reform,” said House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt, D-S.C.

    What Mr. Spratt didn’t say is that, under his guidance in the Budget Committee, and his vote, taxpayer money will be used to fund abortions.

  • Fellow officer 'outraged' about Parsons incident

    I lived in Lancaster for years in the past and still keep up through family and The Lancaster News online. I am outraged about the Detective Pat Parsons situation. I would like to thank Detective Parsons for his many years of service and for protecting the city of Lancaster.

  • 'Just do it,' and fill out your census form

    You should get the 2010 U.S. Census questionnaire in the next few days. In previous editorials, we’ve stressed the importance of responding to the census. Census results are important – very important.  

    They are used to determine each state’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to redraw state and local voting districts.

    More than $400 billion in federal funds is distributed annually through state, local and tribal governments to communities each year, based on population data.

  • A moment in time: Is it urgent or important?

    I was a senior in high school and wanted to entertain my girlfriend, so I offered to take her to all the rides at the county fair. With a tank of gas in that clunker Volkswagen and $25 in my pocket, I was sure to be the best Friday night date in town.

    Through the gate into the fairgrounds we went, past the farm equipment, smelly livestock barns, the hot dog and popcorn stands and the craft building with jams, pies and quilts. We had one thing on our minds – the rides. The towering Ferris wheel marked our destination.  

  • Heath Springs rodeo is Saturday

    HEATH SPRINGS – Bull riding, calf roping and a host of other events will be front and center Saturday at the 14th annual Heath Springs Rodeo.

    The day-long event, which raises money for Heath Springs Elementary School, will be held on Boyd Faile Road, off U.S. 521, behind Smalls Food Center.

    Beginning at 1 p.m., attendees can enjoy barbecue plates, sandwiches, chips, other snacks as well as drinks. Vendors will also be on hand selling cotton candy, funnel cakes and popcorn.