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Today's News

  • Council mulls options for jail

    County Council is still trying to decide what to do with the historic jail in Lancaster – a building a structural engineer has told the county could collapse at almost any time if measures aren’t taken to repair its damaged roof.

    The estimated cost to repair the historic jail, which was designed by famed Charleston-born architect Robert Mills and built in 1923, is $205,766. Council learned of the problems with the building about a month ago.

    Council members suggested several possibilities for what to do with the building at its meeting Tuesday.

  • Fundraiser to boost Operation Blue and Gold

    Last December, student athletes from Lancaster High School gathered for a first of its kind event in Lancaster County.

    With help from the Bruins Booster Club and community volunteers, 63 student athletes served Christmas dinner and gave gifts to area families in need in the LHS cafeteria.

    The students also provided gifts and opportunities for pictures with Santa for the families, and children from The Children’s Home. The event was called Operation Blue and Gold, in reference to the school’s initiative of giving back to the community.

  • LMS set for blazing dirt action, fireworks

    Lancaster Motor Speedway returns to racing action Saturday night  with eight exciting divisions of racing and fireworks.

    Here’s a breakdown on the upcoming dirt duels.

    Limited Late Models

    Chad Paxton has been dominating the Limited Late Model Division at Lancaster Speedway, but a track veteran is returning Saturday night to try and end Paxton’s streak.

  • Neff's plan works to diamond perfection

    Three years ago when Steven Neff, the former Lancaster High and Lancaster Post 31 Legion baseball star, was pondering his baseball future, he had two thoughts in mind.

    Neff was a 26h round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates out of LHS. The southpaw ace, the 2007 S.C. Gatorade Player of the Year, had hoped for a higher draft selection. He figured the chance to play in an established college baseball program, like South Carolina, might enhance his future draft status.

    Then, there was another chain of thought, one on his mind as a youngster.

  • County to accept Glen Laurel roads

    Rhonda Oliver hoped Tuesday night would mark the end of her neighborhood’s year-long battle to have its roads accepted by the county.

    She was one of many residents from Indian Land’s Glen Laurel neighborhood to pack Lancaster County Council’s meeting Tuesday night.

    Oliver asked council to accept her neighborhood’s roads and incorporate them into the county system.

    “When I moved to Glen Laurel, I was told that county roads would be my roads,” Oliver said. “I would like us to now be on that list.”

  • Holiday sweetness made simple

    The July 4 holiday is summer entertaining at its best.

    We pack the picnic basket and head out to relax with family and friends or light the grill and invite them over for an Independence Day celebration.

    Given that, we don’t want to stay in the kitchen with the oven turned on any longer than we have to. And if we are outside, we want something that’s going to be refreshing and cool.

    With abundant sunshine and high temperatures forecast near 90 degrees in the extended forecast on Saturday and Sunday, cool, shady spots are going to be in demand.

  • School district should reconsider lunch choices

    After reading “More Food Choices for Students at Lunch” in the June 4 edition of The Lancaster News, I decided to log in to the newspaper’s Web site. I wanted to see if there were any reader comments on the announcement that the school district director of food services and the president of the school board were pleased and proud to add Philly cheese steaks and chicken wings to the school lunch menu for next year.

  • Judicial system doesn't fail: It's the people in it

    Susan Johnson’s June 13 letter, “Judicial system has to follow through,” is factually incorrect.

    She states that the solicitor said the person arrested for dealing drugs was never prosecuted. The solicitor is a part of the executive branch of government – not judicial. Whether or not to prosecute a case is in the sole discretion of the elected solicitor – not the judge.

  • Not right time for city raises

    We can picture the scene when veteran Lancaster City Councilman John Howard shook his head and said, “I think I’m in the twilight zone.” Howard often quips at council meetings, and he’s never been a council member to mince words.

    And when he wondered if he was in some netherworld at the June 3 special City Council budget meeting, he did so for good reason. The majority on council had just voted to tap into the city’s reserve funds to give employees a 2 percent raise.

  • Obama's vision for America stinks

    President Barack Obama must have spent summers working in an Alaskan fishery. Experts tell me that it does not take long before the constant daylight begins to affect your performance and judgment. Otherwise, why am I still fuming that Obama’s first official act was to order the close of Guantanamo Bay to ensure terrorists’ rights were not violated.

    GITMO prison guards surely were surprised to awaken from sleep and find that all the cells were empty. Obama let most of them go back home so they can once again work to destroy America.