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Today's News

  • Get kids involved, excited about school lunch choices

    Your nerves are shot.After spending endless hours pushing a shopping cart through every store in three counties for weeks, you found the perfect Hannah Montana or Kasey Kahne lunch box.Now, all that’s left to do is find something to put in it that will give your little Disney Channel wannabe or NASCAR novice enough brain power to make it through the day.And you thought finding that lunch box was hard.Try finding the suggested good-for-you protein, vegetable, fruit and a fun treat combination you can pack each day that they will eat.

  • Help police find who set the fires

    When I turned on the TV and saw our beautiful county courthouse on fire, I thought I was watching Detroit burn like we’ve seen in the past when people get angry at the justice system or law enforcement. But I never thought I’d see that here. The arsonist cannot be from here. Our community has too much pride and love for our town and community.

  • Crawford to run for gold medal

    BEIJING – Defending Olympic champion Shawn Crawford moved several strides closer to bringing home another gold medal in the men's 200-meter race at the Beijing Olympics on Monday.

    Crawford, 30, the reigning 200-meter Olympic champion, came in second in the semi-finals, behind the favored Usain Bolt of Jamaica. Crawford's time was 20.12 seconds, the third-best overall in the semi-finals.

    Crawford's U.S. teammates, Walter Dix and Wallace Spearmon, also made the final. Dix's semi-final time was 20.19 seconds, and Spearmon's was 20.14 seconds.

  • 'I do not have the power to rule city government'

    I would like to respond to Nancy Jones’ letter “Book sense great, but experience gets job done” in the Aug. 17 edition of The Lancaster News. Jones was referring to a letter written by Shemika Caldwell. Caldwell said education was more important than work experience and cited the city’s administrator position as an example.

    In that same edition was a picture of my graduating class from the Annie Mae Dream Center program. There were students and instructors in the class. The instructors were identified as students. Caldwell was one of my instructors.

  • Blaze destroys lumber at building supply business

    A fire at Dave Lyles Wholesale on Sunday morning was likely caused by a lightning strike, officials say.

    Fire departments were called to the fire at 8:15 a.m., said Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell.

    The fire burned a storage building at the building supply business on Landsford Road.

    Riverside, Charlotte Road/Van Wyck, Indian Land, Shiloh Zion, Antioch and Elgin volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze.

  • PURPLE HEART: Messer family wants truth

    Shelby Messer still wears a U.S. Army “Army of One” t-shirt. She wears it for her son Charlie Messer, a soldier wounded in war, who was killed in a car crash Dec. 22, 2007.

    Charlie volunteered, joined the army, and went to war in Iraq. He was wounded June 15, 2007.

    Shelby needs closure. The truth will give it to her. But the truth of what happened that day isn’t currently available.

    Charlie’s family believes he was injured in combat that day and should get the Purple Heart.

  • Cell phone policy seeks to eliminate disruptions

    A revised cell phone policy is one of several changes to take note of as the new year begins in the Lancaster County School District.

    If students are caught using a cell phone during school hours, it will be confiscated and sent to the district's office of safety and transportation.

    In the past, if a phone was taken, the student would often get it back at the end of the school day, said Bryan Vaughn, who oversees that office. Starting this year, the student's parent will have to schedule a meeting with Vaughn, who will review the phone policy and then return the phone.

  • Courthouse situation could have been worse

    Lancaster County Courthouse holds a lot of memories for a lot of people. But if someone could get in there that easy, what would have kept a terrorist from entering and putting a bomb in there and blowing it up during court and killing a lot of people. Someone had a lot of nerve.

    Security should have been better, even a guard could have been posted.

    A lot of lives could have been lost if a terrorist had gotten in and planted a bomb.

  • Riverchase opening this weekend

    If you want to get your first look at the first phase of Riverchase Estates, this weekend will be your chance.

    LGI Land is celebrating the grand opening of Riverchase Estates along the Catawba River on Saturday and Sunday. The grand opening is by invitation only, and those interested must call the developer's local office at (704) 497-2429 to reserve a spot.

    Catering for the event will be done by Leroy Springs Catering.

    Riverchase Estates, a gated community in western Lancaster County, will contain 1,250 to 1,939 homes on about 2,000 acres along the Catawba River.

  • Tropical Storm Fay probably not headed to Lancaster Co.

    Local officials are keeping their eyes on a tropical storm in Florida with mixed emotions.

    Tropical Storm Fay hit the Florida Keys on Monday afternoon. The storm could bring needed rain to the parched Carolinas, but it could also further damage the burned Lancaster County Courthouse.

    "We really hope this tropical storm can drop some rain on us," said Mike Bailes, director of the Catawba River Water Treatment Plant. "Our groundwater is worse than it was this time last year."

    Lancaster County is still about 17 inches behind on rain since the drought began last year.