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Today's News

  • Year in Review – #9

    Retired Lancaster police officer Ray Knight was just trying to help at a wreck scene on Lynwood Circle when he was shot in the face on June 27.

    As Knight approached the car, the occupants ran in the opposite direction, and one of those occupants shot Knight, Sheriff Johnny Cauthen said.

    Knight was the second person shot in that area that night; he had no idea the occupants of the wrecked car were somehow connected to a shooting.

    “He was going to render aid – doing what he was trained to do and was brutally shot,” Cauthen said.

  • Jazz up TV tailgating this bowl season

    Your favorite college football team has made it to a bowl game. Congratulations!

    Your game plan includes hosting a get-together with family and friends around the TV set to root on your favorite team.

    Tailgating around the TV gives you a great opportunity to add a little special menu flavor to the festivities.

    Since the kitchen is only a room or two away, you can think outside the normal tailgating line-up that you are limited to in a stadium parking lot.

  • BB gun spree shatters windows

    As Lancaster County residents were spreading holiday cheer last week, someone else was busy spraying BB pellets at vehicles and homes.

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports, there were at least 16 separate incidents of property being damaged between Dec. 23 and Sunday by what appears to be a BB gun.

  • Municipal officials talk about 2009 plans

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw said the most important project the city will tackle in 2009 is the expansion of the solid waste transfer station.

    In July, County Council and Lancaster City Council agreed to share use of the transfer station, with the city assuming control of the county’s solid waste deposited there.

    The station at 1309 Lynwood Drive is a temporary holding site where trash is transferred after it’s picked up curbside.

  • Community rallies to help those in need

    Chris Sardelli, our newest reporter, said he was surprised at how quickly the donations poured into the revived Christmas Basket Fund.

    We weren’t. We told him that Lancaster folks have a way of rallying to help others. The Christmas Basket Fund is just one example. Actually, there wasn’t going to be a fund this year.

    The fund, which started 49 years ago, collects money and provides food vouchers or gift cards for families in need.

  • Time to watch spending

    It’s hard to find a bright spot in the current national recession. But if there is a silver lining, perhaps it will be in a new approach to the way state government spends.

  • White Oak Manor - toughest job in town

    Any enduring and distinguished record of patient success stories does not just happen. Strong leadership and a professional staff who are properly organized, trained and equipped to execute their assigned responsibilities forge it.

  • Although I cherish my early years in Lancaster, another chapter of local history is falling by the wayside.

    A couple of days after the arsonist’s torch reduced our old courthouse to shambles, I walked around the barricaded structure and sorta let my thoughts take over. On this site where my great uncle defended clients in the courtroom and my father oversaw county law enforcement from ground floor offices in the old courthouse, I recalled the Lancaster police, jail and fire departments once shared this same turf and were easily accessible.

  • New law allows background checks on EMS personnel

    Effective Dec. 15, every EMT, intermediate EMT and paramedic certifying or recertifying in South Carolina will have a national background check performed prior to receiving their certification.

    The public puts great trust in EMS personnel and we see them at a vulnerable time. We do our best to make sure that we have personnel with good character responding to calls. This should go a long way toward reassuring the public that all EMS personnel in the state have a clean record.