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Today's News

  • County seeks to amend budget

    It was round two for the county’s 2011-12 budget, as Lancaster County Council reversed course and added funding back in for several county services cut earlier this year.

    The amended budget was voted on during two meetings, with first reading held during council’s regular Monday meeting, and second reading held during a special meeting on Tuesday night. Council approved both readings, though the vote was not unanimous. 

    Council will hold a public hearing and hear final reading at its Sept. 26 meeting. 

  • City seeks grants

    Jesef Williams 

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com 

    The city of Lancaster is still looking to launch the last phase of its Main Street beautification project. However, work will depend on what type of funding officials receive. 

    City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allow City Administrator Helen Sowell to submit a $500,000 grant application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, which has been a familiar source in the past. 

  • Hanging with the stars

    Keri Johnson Bailes has quite a few stories to tell about all the celebrities she recently met. 

    The Buford native spoke with Britney Spears and paused for pictures with Katy Perry, another pop singer who’s enjoyed much success in the mainstream. 

    Bailes was in the same room as hip-hop megastars Jay-Z and Kanye West and also heard from singer Beyoncé about her pregnancy before she announced it to the world. 

  • From the garden to cockpit

    Tara Bowers is proud of her husband, Kevin. She hoped to welcome him home from Afghanistan with a surprise article about him in The Lancaster News. It was a good plan, but she had to keep it a secret.

  • Williams-led Bruins roll

    Robert Howey
    rhowey@thelancasternews.com
    PONTIAC – A cool night like Friday might have suggested early hibernation for your average bear, but the fired-up Lancaster Bruins roared in the first of three straight Midlands trips with a 42-22 win over Spring Valley at Harry Parone Stadium.
    Lancaster, 3-1, produced its “most complete game on both sides of the football,” in taking the 20-point win over the 3-2 Vikings, said LHS coach Bennie McMurray.

  • Vols deck Islanders in 30-6 victory

    Kim Roberts
    For The Lancaster News
    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson, in a stifling defensive effort, limited St.John’s of Charleston to 65 yards of total offense en route to a 30-6 shellacking of the Islanders in a non-conference game at Volunteer Stadium on Friday night.
    The 3-1 Volunteers used a “lights outs” defense to record their third consecutive win after an opening game loss to Class AAAA rival Lancaster.

  • Jackets’ early surge shells Knights

    Staff Reports
    BOONETOWN – Buford got back on track, doing so in workman-like fashion Friday night at Boonetown.
    The 2-2 Yellow Jackets swarmed host North Central, 35-8 with a highly productive first half.
    BHS coach Mike Wells’ Jackets struck on four of five first-half possessions and didn’t have to punt until the final period in posting the impressive 27-point win.
    The Jackets were coming off a 40-6 road loss to Lancaster, but this week it was BHS putting up the points.

  • Warriors pound Panthers in 64-6 Reservation win

    Eric Rowell
    For The Lancaster News
    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High’s high-powered offense rolled on Friday night when the unbeaten Warriors pounded the Panthers of McBee, 64-6 at IL’s Reservation.
    Indian Land, 4-0 and ranked No. 9 in the latest Class AA state football poll, served notice from the early going that the Warriors were clicking, with senior quarterback Rondreas Truesdale racing 63 yards for a touchdown on the game’s second play. Chad Thomas drilled the extra point for a 7-0 IL lead.

  • Concrete company appeal continued, may now make move to circuit court

    A Thursday Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) meeting set to hear an appeal by an Indian Land concrete plant facing loss of its zoning status has been continued until Oct. 11.

    The company, Thomas Concrete of Carolina, LLC is contesting a ruling on its nonconformance status under the county's zoning ordinances.

    Meanwhile, the company's attorney has indicated the company may take its case to circuit court.

  • Burglar throws bottle at police during chase

    A Lancaster police officer was hit by a flying bottle of liquor after chasing a burglar last weekend. 

    The officer was one of several who responded to an alarm at ABC Spirits Liquor Store, located at 604 S. Market St., after 3:30 a.m. Sept. 10. Officers approached the store with their headlights off as they entered the parking lot, according to a police department incident report.