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Today's News

  • Wake up to benefits of a nutritious breakfast

    When it comes to giving the body the energy it needs, setting the stage for metabolic function and getting the intestinal tract on track, breakfast is still plain good for you.

    Yet, fewer than half of Americans (about 44 percent) eat breakfast each day, according to the International Food Information Council.

    The reasoning is simple; a morning meal breaks an eight to 10-hour fast and replenishes the body’s supply of blood glucose, which is needed to keep a body going throughout the day.

  • They're dedicated to community

    Almost like clockwork, the precision of quick response to a fire call, you could count on members of the Shiloh-Zion Volunteer Fire Department to be in our neighborhood. They were selling tickets for their annual barbecue chicken fundraiser, which they hold the first Saturday in February. They’ve been doing so for 35 years.

    Prior to writing a feature in our “Always on Call” series, that was the most I knew of the volunteer fire department, which serves our Arrowood neighborhood and others in north Lancaster County.

  • A noise worth living with

    There’s a reason why people lock their doors at night, said Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chris Nunnery.

    “Everyone likes to feel safe in their homes,” Nunnery said.

    But many of these same home-owners don’t check  smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly as an added safety measure.

    And to Nunnery, the principal is the same.

  • Teen in fatal wreck sentenced to house arrest

    The teen charged in a deadly car crash last year has been sentenced to house arrest and probation.

    Elyse Hardin, 15, died in the crash on West Shiloh Unity Road on Dec. 29, 2009.

    The teenager behind the wheel, Devin Rodgers, 16, was charged with reckless homicide following the crash. He pleaded guilty to the charge and surrendered his driver’s license in July.

    In family court on Wednesday, he was sentenced to six months house arrest with electronic monitoring and intensive probation until his 18th birthday, Assistant Solicitor Bill Nowicki said.

  • Voters need to know position of their candidates

    As we approach Election Day, it is becoming increasingly more important that the voting public develops a better understanding of the records and positions of those candidates seeking office.  Furthermore, I believe that we should also make ourselves aware of the kinds of special interests that these candidates are likely to support should they be elected.  The payday lending industry has preyed upon low income families in this state for decades with their astronomical interest rates and unethical practices.  

  • Chamber unveils new marketing campaign

    Whether you’re shopping for clothing, in the market for a vehicle or in need of certain medical services, there’s a good chance you can find what you need right here in Lancaster County.

    That’s the hope of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, which launched a new marketing campaign Tuesday called Think Lancaster First. The goal of the campaign is to get Lancaster County residents to patronize Lancaster County businesses.

  • McCoy challenges Neal in House race

    For the first time since he won the seat in 1999 in a special election, state House District 44 Rep. Jimmy Neal faces opposition going into the Nov. 2 election.

    Neal, a Democrat, faces a Republican challenge from political newcomer Rob McCoy.

    Jobs, education are Neal’s priorities

    Neal, 67, said he’s running again to work on economic development and job creation for the Palmetto State and his district. Economic development in District 44 is critical, Neal said, because the area doesn’t have a four-lane highway.

  • Policy requires background check on school volunteers

    The Lancaster County School District now has policies in place that more clearly address how it will treat potential employees and volunteers who have been charged with a criminal offense.

    The school board unanimously adopted the policies at its meeting on Sept. 21.

    One policy requires the district to run a criminal history check through the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on all new volunteers.

  • Foundation awards $1.6 million in adult literacy, responsive grants

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation Inc. has made awards totaling approximately $1.6 million to 16 different community organizations in its Adult Literacy and Responsive Grants programs.  

    “The communities in the foundation’s giving area face a range of challenges, from improving their citizens’ literacy skills to providing for basic needs and safety,” said foundation President Jim Morton. “The recipients of these grants are organizations that have demonstrated their abilities to help meet these challenges.”

  • Unity firefighters answering calls since 1950s

    Training counts – especially when you’re a firefighter.

    Jay Hayes and Mark Steele, both volunteers with the Unity Volunteer Fire Department, are quick to point that out. And the reason is obvious – firefighting is dangerous work.

    “They say if you’re ever not scared when you walk into the door of a burning house, then you better turn around and walk the other way,” Hayes said.