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Today's News

  • Solicitor expects budget cuts

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield is expecting budget cuts in 2009.

    “Like every other government, we have budget cuts,” Barfield said. “It seems like every other week, we’re getting hit with another budget cut.”

    Barfield said his office weathered two budget cuts within the fiscal year, and just heard plans for another 7 percent cut to come soon. The bulk of the funding for his office goes to staff salaries, but so far he hasn’t had to lay off any employees.

    “We certainly want to keep people working,” he said.

  • Passing through one more time

    From a courthouse fire and the nastiest local political race I can recall in my life (the state Senate 16 seat), to hard times, lost jobs and $4 a gallon gas, no one can deny that we had our share of serious issues to deal with in 2008.

    But, we also saw circumstances that bring out the best in folks.

  • Budget is county’s ‘800-pound gorilla’

    The new year will likely not be a year for new programs or employees for Lancaster County.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said residents will see a lot of construction on Main Street, as the construction of a $33 million courthouse gets under way.

    Renovations will also be done at the 180-year-old historic courthouse on the same site. The historic courthouse was burned in August, and it could be turned into a museum.

    But for the most part, the county will spend 2009 grappling with budgetary woes.

  • Basket Fund nears $16,000

    As the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund entered its fifth week, the total amount collected for local families has reached almost $16,000.

    The fund has collected $356 since Dec. 23, bringing the total amount collected to $15,751, which easily surpasses last year’s total of $9,250.

    Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE, which is spearheading the charity drive for the first time this year, said the response has been impressive. She expects the final tally will exceed $16,000.

  • Feed are farm store catered to gardeners and wannabees, too

    Years ago, when my wife and I were considerably younger (and physically able), much of our free time was spent landscaping and keeping up the huge fields around our home.

    In fact, once upon a time, when we just about had them tamed thanks to our frequent Saturday morning visits to Lancaster Feed and Farm Supply.

    Nestled down at the low end of South Market Street across from Jacob’s Hollow, the “feed and farm” and neighboring International Harvester Farmall Tractor place were local landmarks that many of us visited on a regular basis.

  • After 18 years, Curry stepping down from City Council

    After 18 years, Audrey Curry will be stepping down from Lancaster City Council in January.

    Although he was hoping to serve at least another four years on council, he’s taking it all in stride.

    “I’m a big guy. I can get over it and get through it,” Curry said. “It’s on to the next adventure.”

    Curry, who has represented District 3 since January 1991, was defeated by Linda Blackmon-Brace during November’s general election. She will be sworn in on Jan. 7.

  • Santa’s visit welcome

    INDIAN LAND – “Thank you, Santa,” said Jeremy Ashe, after watching his three children open their stockings from the man in the big red suit on Christmas Eve.

    The Ashes were one of nearly 20 Indian Land families visited by Santa in his annual ride with members of the Pleasant Valley and Indian Land fire departments.

    Ashe’s family is like many in the area who have had a challenging year in the tough economy and needed a little extra help with Christmas.

  • Year in Review – #3

    There was bad economic news all over in 2008.

    Here in Lancaster County, the unemployment rate was in the double digits and the county had one of the highest percentages of unemployed residents for most of the year. The jobless rate here was blamed largely on the loss of textile jobs, particularly those from Springs Global, which shuttered its manufacturing plants here and elsewhere in the region in late 2007.

    In May, Springs Memorial Hospital announced it was laying off 43 employees.

  • Year in Review – #5

    On the morning of July 9, Ronnie William Cairnes Sr., 55, the operator of Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop, was shot to death while standing outside his business at Blakley Crossroads, not far from the Chester County line.

    His killer was Darren Winchester, 46, who lived across the road from the store.

    Cairnes’ family said Winchester had threatened to harm Cairnes a number of times before. Winchester had also tried to set fire to Cairnes’ business, a brother of Cairnes said.

  • BB&T opens in Carolina Commons

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land residents have a new place to manage their money since BB&T opened its newest branch at Carolina Commons on Dec. 15.

    The bank offers a wide range of products and services for individuals and businesses at its new location, one of 1,400 sites in 11 states.

    Despite its large size, BB&T operates as community banks through its structure of more than 30 individual regions to respond to the different economic needs of their clients.