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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Hood pleads guilty in reckless homicide, apologizes to family

    A Lancaster man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash last summer apologized to the victim's family in court on Monday.

    Marqevius Deandre Hood pleaded guilty Monday to reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. According to 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield, Hood was speeding away from Lancaster Police Department officers on Aug. 20, 2008, when he lost control of the Lincoln he was driving and rear-ended a motorcycle driven by John Haver, 68.

  • Will council ax fire department?

    Lancaster County Council may decide the fate of the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department at its meeting Monday night.

    The Lancaster County Fire Commission has recommended that the department be closed. The commission, made up of representatives from the 19 fire departments in the county, says the station is not in compliance with county standards.

    But County Council has final say on whether to ax the department or not.

    During its July 6 meeting, council spent more than two hours on the issue.

  • York foils juniors' run

    York played the spoiler for the Lancaster Post 31 junior American Legion baseball team at the state tournament in Marion on Friday afternoon.

    Lancaster, facing its League V foe in an elimination game, saw Post 66 rally late to notch a 12-6 win and dash the P-31 juniors’ postseason hopes.

    P-31 starter Zack Rollings pitched well in posting four shutout innings with four strikeouts and two walks.

  • Dixie Boys 14s alive in state play

    The Lancaster Dixie Boys 14-year-old all-stars stayed alive in the state tournament with an 8-3 win over Spartanburg on Monday night.

    Jordan Brock was the winner in five innings of work, striking out seven. He allowed four walks, four hits and three runs. Tanner Gardner went two innings and struck out four. He gave up a hit.

    Kendall Knight led the offense with two hits and drove in two runs. Drew Hopper had two hits. C.D.  Pelham, Tripp Wright and Brock each had a hit.

    Beaufort downed the Lancaster 14s, taking a 7-2 win on Sunday.

  • Children, teens lead 'Treasure Island' cast

    Children and teens are the main actors in a unique adaptation of “Treasure Island” hitting the Community Playhouse of Lancaster stage this weekend.

    The play is an adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel about a young boy, Jim Hawkins, who finds a treasure map and makes a trip to Skeleton Island, meeting Long John Silver along the way.

    Director Eric Grace created his own adaptation that uses a cast of 18 teens and children. He said he used a combination of different versions of the play to create his own.