Today's News

  • Police will be looking for speeders in school zones

    Drivers need to be reminded that local streets may be clogged with traffic on Monday as students head back to class in the Lancaster County School District.

    The area around Lancaster High School is often a traffic jam the first few days of the new school year, and Lancaster Police Department Capt. Scott Grant said extra officers will be on the campus as the new year starts.

    Grant, who heads up the department’s patrol division, said officers will be looking for traffic infractions, especially speeding.

  • Doster’s sculpture wins N.C. contest

    DILLSBORO, N.C. – Lancaster artist Bob Doster has been named the winner of Jackson County Green Energy Park’s 2010 sculpture competition with a piece called “Box of Souls.”

    Doster’s piece is a constructed stainless-steel box, cut away to reveal empty space in the shape of numerous geometric and representational figures, including the sun and stars, humans and animals.

  • Countdown to K wraps up

    A group of rising kindergarteners interacted with their teacher and mingled amongst themselves as if they had been around each other for months.

    If there were jitters about starting school, they weren’t easy to detect. This group of youngsters appeared eager to be in the classroom.

    The scene in Heather McManus’ kindergarten class at Indian Land Elementary School was one that was seen across the school district last week, as teachers wrapped up this year’s Countdown to Kindergarten program.

  • Back to the books for 11,400 local students

    Today is the last day of summer vacation for the estimated 11,400 students who will attend Lancaster County School District schools this year.

    Yellow school buses return to the highways and school bells will ring at 19 different district schools  Monday morning.

  • Council looks at aviation overlay

    County Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to create an aviation corridor overlay district Tuesday.

    If approved, the ordinance would limit the height of buildings and other structures near the flight path of the Lancaster County Airport. It’s designed to reduce hazards to airplanes.

    “We’re doing this because of future plans to expand at the airport,” Elaine Boone of the county planning department told council.

  • State of Community event set for Aug. 24

    Wachovia Bank, a Wells Fargo company, will present the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Lancaster State of the Community event at 8 a.m. Aug. 24 in the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.  

    This breakfast event will provide a venue for the top elected officials of the city of Lancaster, Lancaster County and Lancaster County School District to give the community an update on activities and challenges they are facing.

  • Fire chiefs group awards scholarships

    The Lancaster County Fire Chiefs Association recently announced the latest winners of its annual scholarship.

    Sara Gardner and Meredith Hagins are the winners for the 2010 cycle, each receiving $500. They were presented their award July 22 at the association’s regular meeting.

    Each year, the association awards a $1,000 scholarship to one student or $500 to two.

  • HS awarded $500,000 grant for waterlines

    HEATH SPRINGS –  A third phase of waterline improvements can begin, with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant recently awarded to the town.

    Heath Springs Town Council voted months ago to pay for engineering for the project, in hopes that the grant funding would come through, Mayor Ann Taylor said.

    The S.C. Department of Commerce announced the grant award on Aug. 3.

    The project will replace aging waterlines in the east side of town. That includes Northside Circle, and Hart, Salem, East, Clark, Ridge, Elder and Liberty streets, Taylor said.

  • Siren switch puts me in a bind

    On a very cold afternoon, I stood by the old North Bridge in Concord, Mass., trying to get a good handle on what happened on this patch of land more than 200 years ago.

    It was here, on April 19, 1775, where about 500 militia fought and defeated three companies of the King George’s troops.

    Romanticized in hundreds of history books, the “shots were heard around the world” signaled the start of the American Revolution.

    It kind of reminds me of the two shots America fired 65 years ago this week to end the war of all wars.

  • Standing the test of time

    Growing up, Jeff Whisnant always figured he’d drive an 18-wheeler for a living.

    But sometimes childhood plans don’t quite work out. Only part of that one did.

    “I just drive a bus, instead,” he said.

    When that bus crosses the state line into Lancaster County today, he will be behind the wheel. His wife, Susan, and their sons, Austin, 16, and Ethan, 13, will be on it, along with Aaron Hise and Eric Ollis.

    That bus has become a way of life for the Whisnants, one of the leading trios in Southern gospel music.