Today's News

  • Don't let life pass you by

    I was grateful to see warmer weather and the yellow bells and azaleas in bloom. Things were going pretty good until the telephone rang.

    Then I was shaken back into reality with the news that a close friend had passed away.

    Then almost without warning, three more unexpected deaths reduced my circle of longtime friends.

    Someone once remarked that when we pass the age of 65, we began to live on borrowed time.

    Frankly, I’m hoping that our Maker will grant me a few more years of leniency on that loan.

  • Hot coffee warms up new friend

    The question caught me by surprise.

    “Where’s your little friend?”

    I looked up to see this fella sitting on the stoop of a house in my granddaughter’s neighborhood.

    I was shocked. To be honest, not too many folks up here in Maryland speak to strangers.

    I stopped to explain that I was taking a day off from my usual great-grand baby sitting chores.

    “I sorta got the whole day to bum around,” I said.

  • A real knockout

    If you drive along Plantation Road from time to time, you have probably noticed the lush, shady yards.

    One of them, the home of Mack and Sara Eddins (at the corner of Plantation Road and Malvern Lane), is quite eye-catching this time of year and really stands out.

    Masses of Knockout rose bushes covered with bright blooms, accompanied by red and yellow barberry bushes, create one of the prettiest corners in Forest Hills.

    The Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs agrees, and has designated the Eddins’ yard as April Yard of the Month.

  • Ring the golden bells

    The impact of Lancaster’s First Presbyterian Church in the community can be measured by a casual stroll through the Old Presbyterian Church cemetery on West Gay St.

    “You can walk among the graves there and feel the presence of old Lancasterville,” said local historian Lindsay Pettus.

    The graves of Lancaster’s first mayor, Andrew Mayer, can be found there, along with two former editors of the Lancaster Ledger, which started in 1852.

  • Rabies clinics schedule

    You don’t have to go to a veterinarian to get your dog or cat vaccinated for rabies. The shots are coming to you.

    Starting April 1, Faulkner Animal Hospital has scheduled 11 rabies clinics throughout the county for six weeks. cost is $5 per shot and yearly shots for cats and dogs are $16 each. For details, call 286-8131.

    The purpose of the vaccinations is to protect humans and pets from exposure to rabies when there is contact between a pet and wildlife, including bats, foxes, raccoons and skunks.

  • Story updateProbe continues in shooting death of 3-year-old girl

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into the shooting death of a 3-year-old girl earlier this week.

    Jayleen Elaine Jackson, 3, of 2517 Douglas Road, was shot in an incident at 2040 Athena Road about 9:40 p.m. Monday, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

    Jackson was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital by car where she was stabilized and then flown to the Charlotte Medical Center. She died Tuesday morning.

    The State Law Enforcement Division is assisting sheriff's office investigators with the case.

  • Coker signs LHS's Harris

    Lancaster High School senior point guard Avery Harris produced his share of shining moments during the Bruins’ 20-6 basketball season, with the brightest Wednesday morning in the LHS media center.

    Harris, with family, friends, coaches and administrators watching, signed a scholarship to play basketball for Coker College.

    “This is a great day for Avery Harris, a great day for Lancaster High School basketball,” LHS coach Ricardo Priester said. “Days like this never get old.

  • Bengals foil Lady Bruins in soccer, 2-0

    Visiting Blythewood spoiled Lady Bruins’ soccer senior night with a 2-0 Region IV-AAAA win over the Lancaster High School girls on Wednesday at Memorial Stadium.

    Blythewood forged a 1-0 halftime lead and held on for the tough win over the Lady Bruins.

    “I thought our midfield play was outstanding,” LHS coach Bo Sylvia said.

    The LHS seniors who played their final regular-season home match are Samantha Teague, Sidney Teague, Katie Duke, Sydney Patterson and Kelly Brooks.

  • 3-year-old dies from gunshot wound

    A 3-year-old girl died Tuesday morning after being shot Monday night, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Athena Road about 9:40 p.m. because of a shooting.

    When they arrived, no victim was found, but about the same time, Lancaster Police Department officers stopped a speeding car headed toward Springs Memorial Hospital. Inside the car was the child, Faile said.

    Faile would not say if the shooting happened inside or outside the home, or if it was a drive-by shooting. It was not known if the child was the intentional target.