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Today's News

  • ‘Obamacare’ stirs mixed reaction

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    What are your thoughts about the recent Supreme Court decision on the health-care law?
    Were you surprised by the outcome? How do you think this will affect you?
    The Lancaster News spoke with local residents this past week about the debate surrounding the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, informally known as Obamacare.

  • Council tackles budget shortfall

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Now that local government funding numbers have finally been revealed by the state General Assembly, Lancaster County Council will discuss the effects of a shortfall to the county budget at its meeting Monday night, July 9.
    The shortfall, which had been expected, will delay certain provisions of the recently approved budget, including salary raises for county employees and hiring for several new positions.

  • Campers step up, out through the arts

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Musical performances were aplenty June 29 at the last day of a special week-long camp held at the Preston Blackmon Family Success and Career Center and Deliverance Word of Faith Church in Lancaster.
    The two buildings are within walking distance of one another.
    The Arts Initiative Summer Camp, held June 25-29, gave area children ages 9 through 13 a chance to engage in the aesthetics of visual art, dance, music and drama.

  • News staff wins 16 awards in 2011 LCNI editorial contest

    From staff reports
    Barbara Rutledge, editor of The Lancaster News, wasn’t very surprised by the strong showing of TLN and Carolina Gateway staffers in the annual editorial contest held by the paper’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers (LCNI).
    “As a team, they work hard to bring the news of this community to readers,” Rutledge said. “They are committed and dedicated to doing the best job they can.”

  • Elected leaders react to health-care ‘tax’ decision

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Should the requirements of the national health-care law be interpreted as a tax?
    That’s one of many questions state lawmakers and government officials are debating now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled to uphold the country’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

  • Explaining the Supreme Court’s health-care ruling

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    It’s been more than a week since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the nation is still talking about it.
    In the weeks leading up to its decision, much speculation surrounded the court’s pending ruling, based largely on conservative justices’ harsh questioning of government attorneys during oral arguments in March.

  • Fire destroys Rich Hill hay barn

    County firefighters fought a hay barn fire in blistering heat on Rocky River Road in the Rich Hill community Saturday afternoon. Their massive, all-out effort kept the blaze from spreading to several nearby full turkey barns.

    The fire, which was reported about 2:50 p.m. Saturday, was contained about 4:15 p.m.

    However, it was by no means out then, according to a firefighter on the scene. 

    “It’s about 30 percent out,” the firefighter said on the emergency radio at the time.

  • Make government records easier for citizens to get

    Citizens are frequently urged to get involved in the process of government. Those who heed the call by seeking insights into the workings of government often learn the hurdles can be high and costly.

  • Hero at Lake Wateree

    Laura Caskey
    lcaskey@thelancasternews.com
    When Lancaster residents Elizabeth and Joe Simpson went for a walk at Lake Wateree not long ago they encountered a little more than fresh air.
    The Simpsons were following their dogs along the banks of Lake Wateree near Beaver Creek when they noticed their chocolate lab, Tripp, and German shepherd, Hootie, playing with  a brown object in the water.
    “At first we thought it was a fish or something. Tripp was pulling it up with his head,” Elizabeth Simpson said.

  • Seven tips to help your landscape beat the heat

    Melinda Myers
    Horticulturist
    Summer has arrived and for many gardeners that means heat, drought and watering bans. This can be hard on gardeners as well as their landscapes. The good news is that there are ways to help plants thrive despite these seasonal challenges.
    Adjusting landscape care accordingly during the summer months can not only provide relief for lawns and gardens, but also for the gardener.