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Today's News

  • 4 entries singled out in Lancaster parade

    Despite the cold temperatures on Saturday night, a large crowd gathered in downtown Lancaster to see the annual Lancaster Christmas parade.

    The lineup included professional floats, beauty queens, high school marching bands, walking groups and a variety of homemade floats.

    Prizes were awarded in four categories. The judges were Greg Summers, Johannes Tromp and Scott Sistare.

    The winning entries were:

    – Best Use Of Lighting – Lancaster County Department of Social Services Foster Parent Association

  • Dollar stores’ sales rise

    For Leo Jefferies, shopping at dollar stores is all about the price.

    Jefferies, a lifetime resident of Lancaster, says the discount stores help him save money during tough times. In fact, dollar stores have become his top destination for everything from candy to holiday greeting cards.

    “Where else are you going to go and get a box of Christmas cards for $2.50?” Jefferies asked. “It’s much cheaper than other places you go in.”

  • Christmas is a season of giving. It’s a time for love and joy at seeing excitement sparkle in the eyes of children. Nothing can replace the smiles and giggles when children look upon the whimsical magic the Christmas holidays bring to the world.

    For six years, ever since moving to Lancaster, Jan and Jerry of McIllwain Road have opened their hearts to the place they now call home by taking great pains to put up an elaborate display to celebrate the season and bring pleasure to those who drive by to view it. It has become known as the Christmas House.

  • Writer praises local dealership

    I am writing to congratulate a local business on its superb customer service. I purchased a vehicle from Lancaster Dodge Chrysler Jeep Inc. two years ago. I am not fond of car shopping because of the many bad experiences I have had with car salesmen. I am proud to say the Lancaster County is blessed with a dealership that has changed my perspective.

  • Angel Tree makes last-minute plea

    Christian Services’ Angel Tree program will need last-minute support from the community to succeed at providing gifts for all the needy children and teens on its Christmas list this year.

    As of Tuesday morning, the Angel Tree had 331 children and teens whom it hasn’t been able to provide gifts for, said Angel Tree coordinator Brenda Campbell.

    The Angel Tree program normally starts off the donation period with about 1,200 children and usually ends up with about 1,500 children served.

    This year, the program started off with 1,675 children.

  • Using fear to sway opinion against Obama ‘immoral’

    Upon reading the Dec. 3 edition of the Lancaster News, which, granted is odd for an 18-year-old high school senior, I could not contain my shock and incredulity at Rudy Schmidt (“Writer warns Americans about fake legislation,”) who blatantly and patently lied about President-elect Obama’s intentions of creating a mandatory private police force of youth.

  • Bone-marrow drive planned for Dec. 23

    David and Sarah Burbach’s son, Michael, died 13 years ago from severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID, a genetic disorder that weakens the immune system.

    Before Michael’s death, the Burbach’s younger child, Laura Margaret, was also diagnosed with the same condition.

    But there’s a chance that you may possess the gift that can save her life.

    Laura Margaret, now 15, needs a bone-marrow transplant.

    The operation would involve her receiving healthy blood cells from a donor with a matching tissue type.

  • The L&C Railway is offering a trip to Washington, D.C., to see history made when Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th president – and the nation’s first black president – on Jan. 20.

    Two cars – the J.P. Henderson and the Hollywood Beach – will be taken to Charlotte on Jan. 17 and attached to the rear of Amtrak’s Carolinian for the 10.5-hour trip.

    The Carolinian travels daily between Charlotte and New York City, with stops in Raleigh, N.C., Richmond, Va., Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia.

  • UW director resigns to go back to school; Duracell makes record donation

    The executive director of the local chapter of the United Way has resigned.

    Denise Keating, who has served as executive director for the United Way of Lancaster County for almost two years, will be stepping down from the post in January. She’s leaving to pursue a master’s degree in library and information sciences, but will continue to assist United Way as a part-time employee.

  • Oak trees will have to go to make way for courthouse

    A couple of natural landmarks on Main Street will have to be cut down to make way for the new Lancaster County Courthouse.

    Two large oak trees in the parking area of the old courthouse along Main Street are rotting from the top down, Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said. One of the tree’s roots is also causing a retaining wall along Main Street to bow out.

    A new courthouse is slated to be built next to the 180-year-old courthouse on the grounds, starting sometime next year.