Today's News

  • Employment office honors county’s military veterans

    When Derrick Watts applied for a job at the Lancaster Walmart, he didn’t expect to get a response so soon.

    In February, the former U.S. Air Force dispatcher submitted his application and decided to do a little shopping since he was in the store. When his cell phone rang a few moments afterward, he was shocked to hear a Walmart representative on the other end asking to schedule an interview.

    That same day Watts was interviewed, completed the required screenings and was hired as a cashier.

  • Wilds named literacy director

    The Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative board of directors has named Kathy Wilds as executive director of the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative.

    Wilds is  known throughout the community for her work over the last 21 years in the field of behavioral health.

    She was a founder and former executive director of the Learning Institute For Tomorrow (LIFT).  Prior to her work with LIFT,

    Wilds was employed by Catawba Community Mental Health Center in the Lancaster office.

  • Wayward doe makes mess at USCL

    Expecting a quiet day at work, Dr. John Catalano was surprised to hear a commotion outside his office Friday morning.

    Catalano, dean of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, was one of only a handful of staff at the school on the day after Thanksgiving. As he was finishing up some paperwork about 10 a.m., Catalano was startled to hear a loud crash near his office in Hubbard Hall. The building houses the office of the dean and other offices.

  • IL resident wants new fire district

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land’s growing population has prompted some residents to ask if the area’s emergency services have become too strained.

    That was one of the hot topics at the Indian Land Action Council’s Nov. 16 meeting. Leading the discussion was Belair resident Linda Singer, who outlined problems facing the county’s emergency responders, as well as a potential solution.

    “While we have some of the lowest tax rates in the country, we do not have the needed standard of emergency services that we should,” Singer said.

  • Hot Box debuts Saturday

    From rock music to symphony sounds, music lovers will eventually discover them all at The Hot Box, Lancaster’s newest music venue.

    Located at 106 Elm St. in downtown Lancaster, The Hot Box will serve as a music venue at For Amusement Only, with a second building on the property that may eventually feature performances.

    For Amusement Only is a partnership between Dennis and Lorrie Brewer and Robin and Sal Estrada.

    The Estradas ran another business, Estrada Extreme Sports, at the location.

  • Lanes thankful for help, support from friends

    John “Red” and Grace Lane do a celebratory dance when they receive good news.

    The routine involves face-to-face hand slaps and a chest bump. It’s similar to those done by sports teams.

    Lately, they’ve performed the dance quite often.

    Considering strides they’ve made with bouts with cancer and widespread support from the community, the Lancaster couple has a lot of reasons to be thankful this holiday season.

    Cancer diagnoses

  • A trip of a lifetime for 90 World War II vets

    A crowd is gathered at a gate at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

    Cub Scouts are holding handmade posterboard signs with pictures colored in markers that read, “Thank you, veterans.”

    Men and woman in fluorescent green Honor Guard Ground Crew T-shirts make sure a pathway from the gate is open to let the special guests through.

    Finally, the first veteran enters the airport from flight 9090 from Columbia in a wheelchair. A cheer rips through the crowd and everyone starts waving American flags.

  • We need to slow down for holidays

    Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to Christmas. But I liked it a little better a long time ago when we took it a bit slower.

    Whatever happened to really enjoying Thanksgiving?

    At the rate things are moving, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see Cupid hovering above store shelves in the next two weeks.

    Bless Pete, let’s slow down a bit.

  • Council nixes changes to sign ordinance

    Despite pleas from business owners and residents, Lancaster County Council shot down a proposed change to the county’s temporary sign ordinance Monday, though it may consider the issue again later this year.

    Council debated first reading of an ordinance Monday that would have relaxed the county’s temporary sign regulations for a year. The proposed ordinance would have increased the number of temporary signs allowed per business from one to four and eliminate fines for those who violate the ordinance.

  • McGriff to be sworn into County Council

    Lancaster County Council gains a new member Monday night as Charlene McGriff is set to take over as representative for District 2.

    McGriff recently won a special election for the seat vacated by former council chair Fred Thomas, who left this summer to become a magistrate court judge.

    McGriff bested local business woman Blondale Funderburk in a special Democratic primary for the nomination in September.