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Today's News

  • Christmas Basket tops $15,000, sets record

    Although it started late this year, the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund has set a record in the amount of money it collected to help Lancaster County families this year.

    Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE, which is in charge of the charity drive this year, said the Christmas Basket has surpassed the total collected during the same time in 2001.

    During that year’s drive, donations topped $15,000.

  • O’Brien saying goodbye to City Council

    Danny O’Brien is looking to the future.

    Sitting in his Lancaster home and petting his 8-year-old miniature schnauzer, Arnie, the outgoing Lancaster City Council member is busy planning what to do with himself after Jan. 7.

    That’s when O’Brien, 53, steps down from his District 6 seat after 12 years and his successor, Sara Eddins, is sworn in.

    He expects there will be plenty to keep him and his wife of 30 years, Kathy, busy.

  • Location found for new Pleasant Valley fire station

    INDIAN LAND – The chairman of the Pleasant Valley Fire Commission is looking forward to work getting under way for a new station.

    The Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department has found a place to build a new station, across from the southern entrance of the Fox Ridge subdivision on Possum Hollow Road.

    Two acres have been donated to the fire department, and County Council advanced $200,000 to buy the other acre of property at a recent meeting.

  • $500,000 grant to improve Brooklyn

    Jenny Hartley

    jhartley@thelancasternews.com

    There could be a village renaissance in store for the Brooklyn neighborhood.

    Lancaster County just received word that it has received a $500,000 Village Renaissance grant through the Community Development Block Grant program.

  • Leathernecks bring Santa to spread cheer and gifts to hospital patients

    Edward Reid rose from his slump and smiled big when Santa Claus entered his room at Springs Memorial Hospital on Saturday.

    He was one of many patients whose day became a little brighter when the white-bearded man in the red suit visited the hospital.

    Santa came with the Lancaster Leathernecks, the local detachment of the U.S. Marine Cops League. The group went room to room spreading Christmas cheer and handing out gifts to patients.

    “It feel good,” Reid said about the visit. “They’re real nice.”

  • Seized pickup to help drug officers ment

    A vehicle seized during a drug arrest will soon help Lancaster police crack down on crime.

    The vehicle, a 1996 Toyota 4x4 pickup, was seized by the Lancaster Police Department during a drug bust a few years ago, but will soon become the department’s latest tool in the fight against drugs. 

    It will join the department’s drug enforcement group, and will probably be used for surveillance. 

  • Eastside grads get life advice

    The latest graduates of Eastside Academy left their commencement ceremony Monday evening with a wealth of knowledge they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

    Gabrielle Barrett was the guest speaker at Eastside’s semester graduation ceremony.

    Barrett, the district’s hearing officer for expulsions and truancy cases, spoke to the five graduating students and their families about bumps, barriers and boxes.

  • Police reports – Dec. 28, 2008

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    – Rebekah Faye Farmer, 19, of Kershaw, was charged with driving under the influence and simple possession of marijuana.

    An officer spotted Farmer with her high beam lights on hitting the curb and crossing the center line of North White Street, the report said.  Another officer searched the car and discovered a bag of marijuana as well, the report said.

  • Students take part in poetry contest

    Written poetry came alive earlier this month as local high school students competed in a district-wide poetry contest at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    One by one, students took to the stage at Bundy Auditorium and gave their best oral presentation of famous poems.

    Keigan Woodhart, a senior at Buford High School, came out on top.

  • A good day

    Randy Cook is a pretty good carpenter, as evidenced by the kitchen of the High Point Circle home he shares with his wife, Crystal, and their three children.

    Spotless and neat, the kitchen walls bear new paint, cabinets have been repaired and new floor covering is down. Family photos hang on the refrigerator.

    Randy has plenty of time on his hands these days to fix up the house that he moved his family into less than a month ago.

    Just like many around Lancaster whose lives revolve around a shrinking housing and home repair market, Randy Cook can’t find a job.