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Today's News

  • City Council OKs its first-ever anti-graffiti ordinance

    Anyone who tags buildings with graffiti in the city limits will now be subject to outlined fines and penalties.

    Lancaster City Council unanimously passed final reading of the city’s first-ever graffiti ordinance Tuesday. Councilwoman Tamara Green was absent.

    The ordinance holds both the perpetrator and the owner or property manager responsible for graffiti spotted on buildings and other private or public property.

    Police Chief Hugh White, who helped draft the policy, said the graffiti problem has been getting worse in the city.

  • Blood donations needed during summer months

    Thousands of people donate blood in our area each year, and their generous gift has saved countless lives.

    But, the need for blood is constant.

    This summer the American Red Cross is encouraging Americans to “Change Lives Together” by giving blood, said Gina Amato, local executive director.

    “During the busy summer season, the blood supply often suffers,” she said. “With donors on vacation and preoccupied with other summer activities, collections tend to take a dip.”

  • Charges made in unrelated robberies

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies have arrested several suspects in unrelated armed robberies in recent weeks, including one that left a man with a gunshot wound.

    Robbery leads to shooting in Kershaw

    Jerome Anthony Riley, 22, of 3884 Fork Hill Road, and Jonathan Elliot Butler, 16, of 638 Country Club Road, were each charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, armed robbery and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Founders provides a needed boost to local economy

    Each day I ride by Founders Federal Credit Union site on Gillsbrook Road and feel an excitement at the progress of the complex under construction.

    The clock tower  with its pretty landscaping holds a store of significant memories in Lancaster County’s history.

    I want to thank Bruce Brumfield, Founders Federal Credit Union CEO and the Founders board of directors for the confidence they have shown in Lancaster by placing the corporate complex here. Lancaster has sorely needed a boost in its economy and Founders corporate headquarters will do just that.

  • 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.”