Today's News

  • Lowe’s and Lancaster Tours play Santa Claus

    Last week, Jenny Arnold, senior reporter for The Lancaster News, was working on a story about an effort to raise money to bring area National Guard troops home from training in Fort McCoy, Wis., where they have been training for a planned deployment to Afghanistan in the new year.

    Arnold spoke to the mother of one of the guardsmen, Susan Humphries of Lancaster, on Dec. 8 about the fundraising effort. Humphries, whose son, Corey, is a member of the 1222nd Combat Engineers, was worried she wouldn’t get to see her son this Christmas.

  • Blackmon-Brace has set good example

    I would like to respond to April Blair’s guest column, “Blackmon-Brace priority publicity, not community,” in the Dec. 16 edition of The Lancaster News.

    There is more to Linda Blackmon-Brace than meets the eye. Blackmon-Brace was raised much the way Blair was. I don’t think her family was as fortunate as Blair’s because there were no programs to serve the poor then as they were when Blair was growing up.

  • Blackmon-Brace doesn’t deserve all the negativity

    The negativity that melts off people who are uninformed concerning an issue never fails to amaze me. April Blair, who wrote the guest column, “Blackmon-Brace priority publicity, not community,” in the Dec. 16 edition, seems to be one of these people.

  • My opinions are based on feelings, not race

    There have been several responses to my Dec. 16 guest column, “Blackmon-Brace priority publicity, not community.” I have come to find out that people automatically assume you agree with someone simply because you’re of the same race.

  • Sales remain strong at area jewelry stores, pawn shops

    Santa brought a mixed bag of gifts for area jewelry and pawn shops this holiday season.

    Through December, several store owners reported a shift in the spending habits of customers.

    Sales of electronics at pawn shops were better than expected, while silver replaced gold as the precious metal of choice for customers at several jewelry stores.

    But due to the recession, several pawn shops have seen an influx in people selling goods to them, getting cash to stay afloat.

  • Operation Blue and Gold Santa boosts hurting families

    When Debbie Crenshaw looked across the Lancaster High School cafeteria on Dec. 19, she smiled at the sight of smiling children.

    But for Crenshaw, a volunteer for Operation Blue and Gold Santa, it was an apprehensive smile, at best.

    Yes, a group of Lancaster High School student-athletes, along with the Bruins booster club, Lancaster Children’s Home, several businesses and HOPE in Lancaster, made sure the night was special for some of the county’s neediest families.

  • County Council officials look back and forward

    A struggling economy, high unemployment, new businesses, the closing of a volunteer fire department and the construction of a new county courthouse were all issues Lancaster County Council dealt with in 2009. Through it all, council saw changes of its own as three new members joined its ranks in January, Fred Thomas resigned to become a magistrate judge in the summer and a special election was held to fill his space in the fall.

    Here County Council members share their accomplishments and concerns from 2009 and what they’re looking forward to in 2010.

  • December Yard of the Month

    In driving around Lancaster, it’s evident that county residents love to deck the halls and yards this time of year. 

    Wreaths, bows, candles  and glowing reindeer prove that Christmas is indeed here. 

    The home of Linda Deas, at 417 Meeting St., is a beautiful example of that and has been awarded the Yard of the Month for December by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

    Tucked beside businesses, Deas said she sometimes feels that no one notices her house and yard. However, much to her surprise, that’s just not the case. 

  • County Council to discuss potential new capital improvement projects

    Lancaster County Council will look at the county’s capital improvement plan during its first meeting of 2010 on Monday.

    Council members, County Administrator Steve Willis and County Planning Director Chris Karres will discuss priorities for capital projects and purchases in the county over the next few years. The plan will also identify a schedule for possible improvements and possible funding for the projects.

    Also on council’s agenda is consideration of a request from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • A quiet start to the new year

    Law officers report no major incidents on Thursday night and Friday as residents celebrated the new year.

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile and Lancaster Police Capt. Harlean Howard both said their agencies didn’t receive many calls for service.

    Faile said New Year’s Eve was a typical day at the sheriff’s office.

    “Things were quiet,” Faile said. “No more than the average night.”