Today's News

  • Babies focus of contest

    All babies are beautiful. We invite you to enter yours in our first annual Beautiful Baby Contest with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Newspaper In Education Program (NIE).

    What is NIE? The Lancaster News NIE program provides 128 classrooms in Lancaster County with newspapers as a teaching aid. That amounts to more than 2,000 students reading and learning about local community events, local government and local issues that affect their lives.

  • County trio reaps Tri-County honors

    Three Lancaster County high school football players were honored during the meeting of the Tri-County Football Coaches Association on Tuesday afternoon.

    The county trio included Lancaster High School senior defensive standout Daniel Foster along with Indian Land stalwarts A.J. Gordon and Chad Thomas.

    Foster led the Bruins’ 32-0 shutout of county rival Buford with 13 tackles, two sacks, three pressure passers and a caused fumble.

    Foster was named the Div. I Defensive Lineman of the Week.

  • Education was a calling for Dr. Barry

    I sat across from Dr. Peter Barry’s desk, my notebook on my lap, facing my final exam in his history course.

    And I felt as prepared as I could ever be – besides, I could use any notes I’d taken to back up my answers.

    Dr. Barry asked the first question.

    I took a deep breath and opened my notebook to confirm my answer.

    And then I looked up – shocked and agitated.

    “Dr. Barry, I brought the wrong notebook,” I said.

    He raised his eyebrows, adding to my frustration.

  • Evelyn Springs to host Autism Speaks fish fry Saturday

    When Evelyn Springs announced in August that the Autism Speaks fundraiser, Lancaster Cooks 2010 – Look Who’s Cooking, had been postponed, she vowed not to sit on her laurels.

    The feisty, take-no-for-an-answer-grandmother is proving to be good to her word.

    Springs – who continues to fight autism – the disease that is effects the daily life of her 8-year-old grandson, Mailk, is now casting her bread upon the waters with a fishing net.

  • Telling time not as easy as it looks

    Time didn’t really matter much because somebody was always telling me when to come and when to go.

    Now we had clocks all over the house, including the big wind-up downstairs Roman numeral grandfather clock where the half-pint bottle of cough medicine (whiskey) was kept.

    I couldn’t tell time, but I knew exactly where the cough medicine was.

    For me, learning to tell time was a bit confusing.

    Mama and Daddy didn’t do it like the way Miss Jones was teaching us in third grade.

  • Vols club Knights in 40-6 victory

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson coupled a punishing ground game with two long-scoring plays to whip North Central, 40-6 on Friday night at Volunteer Stadium.

    AJ sophomore Javaris Clyburn rushed for 113 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Vols in the 34-point win.

    AJ coach David Moore celebrated his second straight win, as the Vols improved to 2-1.

    “It was an ugly, ugly win, “said Moore.  “I salute Coach Clyburn and his staff. They did an excellent job of getting our offense out of our rhythm.”

  • Prescription drug 'take-back' event slated

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in the nationwide prescription drug “take-back” initiative, with the goal of preventing pill abuse and theft.

    DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

    Sites for the take-back initiative in Lancaster County are:

  • Rich Hill had its first truck before its first station

    Ford Small and Dennis Kirk remember when the Rich Hill Volunteer Fire Department’s first engine arrived.

    “It came in the fall – we were picking cotton,” Kirk said.

    The fire department, established in 1965, borrowed $11,210 to buy the fire truck. The department was founded by men like Kirk and Small, the second chief. William Stogner was the first chief.

    “We just saw the need,” said Small, now 83. “We figured if we can’t save the house, well, you can still save the barn.”

  • Kristal Salyer doesn’t teach by the books

    You won’t find many textbooks in Kristal Salyer’s class.

    For the last three years, the fourth-grade Clinton Elementary School teacher has abandoned textbooks in three of the four main academic areas and adopted a student-driven approach.

    By the numbers, her strategy appears to be working.

    Salyer, who’s in her fourth year at Clinton Elementary, is the 2010 Celebrate Great Teaching award winner for Lancaster County School District. The accolade is the district’s highest honor for educators.

  • Group hopes to organize literacy network here

    The Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative commemorated International Literacy Day by inviting segments of the community to a soup and salad lunch Sept. 8 as a means of starting a network involving literacy providers, partners, supporters and others.

    Forty e-mail invitations were sent out and 18 people, including city of Lancaster officials, staff from the J. Marion Sims Foundation, private citizens, member agency heads, board members, school personnel and political hopefuls, attended.