Today's News

  • Family Promise deserves a shout-out

    Little did Sharelle Durham know that the renovated child care center just doors from her Moore Street home would one day play a major role in her life.

    The renovated child care center became the Family Promise Day Center, where more than 100 people showed up to witness the ribbon-cutting on Feb. 1. That Sunday marked the culmination of a two-year effort to the get the program that helps homeless families in Lancaster County off the ground.

  • Blackmon-Brace priority publicity, not community

    It seems to me that every time I read The Lancaster News, Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace always has an opinion on how she can better improve the community of Lancaster.

    But is she really trying to improve Lancaster or trying to improve her image?

    I think by now everyone in Lancaster County knows who Linda Blackmon-Brace is and how she looks. HOPE in Lancaster County has numerous articles running in the newspaper every week needing food donations. Is this on her priority list?

  • Police reports - Jan. 6, 2010

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • A Lancaster man was arrested on gun charges after police responded to a disturbance at the Waffle House on the S.C. 9 Bypass about 4 a.m. Jan. 1.

    Anthony Wayne Smith Jr., 19, 511 Chester St., was charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a stolen pistol and resisting arrest.

    According to the report, when police arrived, Smith told them everything was OK and he was leaving. Smith walked toward an officer and the officer told him to stop where he was, but Smith refused, the report said.

  • 'Sister’ needs to do homework on Blackmon-Brace

    This is in response to April Blair’s guest column, “Blackmon-Brace priority publicity, not community,” in the Dec. 16 edition of The Lancaster News. The young lady seems to have a problem with the publicity that Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace receives.

  • There comes a time when you realize what’s truly important

    The wintertime air could not chill the warmth of the people in this community – a place I’ve always called home. And despite my cross-country wandering, as many who hail from small towns do, returning to Lancaster was like a spiritual resort – a much-needed homecoming.

  • Congress needs more Indians, fewer chiefs

    America has always been a meritocracy. If you do not have what it takes to provide for your family, then it is up to you to adapt, by retraining and education so that you can be more marketable to employers. But the problem isn’t the administration, it is employers.

  • Scripture reveals birth of Christmas

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem – because he was of the house and lineage of David – to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Congrats in order for Patrice Robinson

    We were happy to learn last week that Dr. Patrice Gilliam Robinson was named the new superintendent of the Fairfield County School District.

    Robinson, a Lancaster native, is in her 13th year with the Lancaster County School District. She is the executive director of at-risk student services for the local school district.

  • Jens deserved to get 30 years in prison, not 3

    I found it sickening to see Jonathan Jens grinning on the front page of the Dec. 18 edition of The Lancaster News. The 36-year-old man from Fort Mill was in court facing charges of three counts of committing a lewd act on a child under 16.

    Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Jens to 10 years in prison. His sentence was suspended to five years probation after he serves three years in prison. Jens also has to register as a sex offender.

    The girl was 12 years old. You can bet if he had mucked with one of my young family members, he would not be grinning; he would be limping.

  • Take time to know true meaning of Christmas

    Do we know the true meaning of Christmas or do we go by what man says it means?

    How many of us take the time to find out the real meaning of Christmas? Christmas is a special time of the year. Christmas was when Christ was born.

    Christmas is a time for us to recognize Christ because without him, we wouldn’t be here. Christmas is a time for families to come together and share the story of Christ’s birth.