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Today's News

  • Teacher soaks in Japanese culture

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Indian Land High School teacher Matthew Hodge is no stranger to the Land of the Rising Sun.
    As a Japanese teacher and a former four-year resident of Osaka and Kyoto, Hodge is fluent in the language and familiar with the culture.
    Last year, he visited Japan with his wife and three daughters. This summer, Hodge had the opportunity to visit the country again with his 13-year-old daughter, Aestas.

  • Victim fires shot at would-be robber

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who got inside a Nope Lane home Friday morning, but left after a female resident fired a gunshot at him.
    Warrants have been issued charging 35-year-old Antonio Demond Mackey of Lancaster with first-degree burglary, kidnapping and first-degree assault, according to a sheriff’s office release.
    Deputies responded to a home in the 200 block of Nope Lane just after 8 a.m. Friday.

  • Harris responds on paying Blackmon’s legal expenses

    Ex-Lancaster City Council member Jackie Harris has filed a rebuttal to council member Linda Blackmon’s motion asking that Harris be forced to pay Blackmon’s legal fees resulting from the challenge to the 2016 election results.
    Harris’ attorney, Elizabeth Hyatt, disputed Blackmon’s claim in an Oct. 13 motion that the election protest was “frivolous” and filed solely to keep her from taking office.

  • GOP holds law-enforcement forum

    “Props to Cops,” “You save lives” and “Salute the Blue” are just some of the slogans painted on the signs that line Hubbard Street at USC Lancaster’s campus.
    Those signs were made by children from law enforcement families for Police Appreciation Day, but now they mark the location of the first Lancaster Police Forum, hosted Thursday night by the Lancaster County Republican Party.

  • Richard Plyler led with ‘a soft, velvet touch’

    Richard Plyler never sought the community spotlight, but quietly worked backstage as a banker and civic leader to make his hometown a better place.
    “That was his way,” said Bruce Brumfield of his close friend, who died early Friday at 73. “Richard did tons behind the scenes to make a difference in the lives of others, and those he helped never had a clue it was him.”
    “And he did it for one reason,” Brumfield said. “Richard did it simply because it was the right thing to do.”

  • Damaged Woodland Drive bridge won’t be replaced until March ’18

    The barricaded section of cross-town artery Woodland Drive near Lancaster High School won’t be reopening anytime soon.
    The road was shut down in July after one of the support pilings under the structure shattered, probably because of an overweight vehicle. Repairs were impossible, and the bridge must be replaced.

  • Bus-driver shortage causing long delays

    The Lancaster County School District is experiencing its worst bus-driver shortage in 25 years, and the resulting double routes are causing some students to arrive home 45 minutes later than normal.
    Transportation Director Bryan Vaughn said he believes the problem stems from the split-shift schedule and the tough requirements for becoming a bus driver.
    “I don’t think the general public understands what it takes to be a bus driver,” Vaughn said.

  • Others seeking local solutions to opioid crisis

    Delois Carpenter
    While most everyone is familiar with recovery groups like Narcotics Anonymous and Al Anon, several local churches have also begun ministries to help addicts. Among them is Eastside Baptist Church’s Chain Breakers Outreach, run by Delois Carpenter.
    The group meets in the church fellowship hall every Tuesday night at 6:30. The group has about 30 regulars and as many as 150 attending when there’s a special speaker.

  • Ex-addict leading others to recovery

    Last of four parts
    Le Tanya Williams’ 50 years of life splits into three discrete segments.  
    She was 20 years old the first time she shot heroin. She was addicted to it for 20 years. Now she’s been clean for 10.
    She quit only because she went to prison, and there was no heroin there. She grew tired of hearing other inmates plotting how they would return to the crimes that cost them their freedom – only not getting caught next time.
    Once she got truly sober, Williams never wanted to shoot heroin again.

  • Textron Off Road World Of Outlaws World finals

    For the second straight weekend, the Dirt Track at Charlotte will be hosting a huge weekend of dirt track racing.
    One of the most popular racing scenes will be happening from Nov. 1-4.
    Race teams will be arriving at the race track on Nov. 1.
    Thursday will be qualifying and heat races for Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, World Of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series and The World Of Outlaws Super Late Models.
    On Friday night, the track will host last-chance qualifier races, heat races, D-mains, C-mains, B-mains and then the regular main event.