Today's News

  • Officers investigating house fire on Foxfire Drive

    Several volunteer fire departments responded to a fire at a vacant home on Foxfire Drive early Monday morning.

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Maj. David Belk said the fire is under investigation. He would not release further details Tuesday.  

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, fire departments were called to the two-story home about 1:30 a.m. Monday.

    When firefighters arrived, they found the home engulfed in flames. Fire burned through the roof, causing it to collapse.

  • Former dispatcher appeals for reinstatement

    A former Lancaster Police Department dispatcher claims she failed to perform at her job because she did not receive proper training.

    Laverne Thompson began working at the police department from March 25, 2009, and was fired on Feb. 3, after being on paid administrative leave since Dec. 14, 2009.

    She filed a grievance to appeal her termination on Feb. 22, and her hearing before the city’s grievance committee, which is made up of city employees from various departments, was held Monday at City Hall.

    ‘Poor performance’

  • Students sought for city internships

    Karen C. Evans says her internship with the city of Lancaster benefited her in more ways than one.

    Evans was one of three college interns who worked for the city last summer.

    The Lancaster native spent more than two months helping out in the city’s Building and Zoning and Support Services departments.

    Fortunately for Evans, a position opened up in the latter department a few weeks after her internship ended. And since October, Evans has been working full time as a business license specialist.

  • Council looks to protect memorial

    John Baker was furious when he saw the damage to the area around the J. Marion Sims monument in Heath Springs.

    Baker noticed recently that several people had driven ATVs in circles around the concrete monument near his home, damaging the turf and the monument base.

    Baker asked County Council on Monday to fix the damage and take action to prevent it from happening again.

  • Census: Heath Springs residents will be counted

    HEATH SPRINGS – At Heath Springs’ March Town Council meeting, Mayor Ann Taylor expressed concern about how residents would be counted.

    Census forms will not be mailed to post office boxes, and town officials were not notified that there would be an alternative method of counting Heath Springs residents, said Terry Plumb of regional media relations for the U.S. Census Bureau.

    More than 400 residents receive mail at a post office box only. There were no sites arranged in Heath Springs to distribute the forms.

  • Council nixes plan on government change

    Peggy White of Lancaster pleaded with County Council on Monday not to alter the county’s form of government.

    White was responding to a proposed measure that would transform the county’s government from an administrator to a manager form of government. The proposed change comes as county Treasurer Dick Rowell has decided not to run again after his term expires in 2012.

  • Hot weather, high pollen count caused misery for many people

    Beckie Johnson of Lancaster was tired of the yellow haze that covered about every outdoor surface or was flying through the air earlier this week.

    Johnson suffers from spring allergies, caused by the yellow pollen. She usually has the sniffles this time each year, but it was worse this spring.

    “I can’t even go outside without sneezing,” Johnson said. “It’s horrible. Even sitting inside, taking medicine, it’s bad.”

  • Paws in the Panhandle holds weekly adoption drives

    INDIAN LAND – More than 5,000 animals in Lancaster County were put to death last year because they did not have a home. A new organization called Paws in the Panhandle Rescue and Adoption wants to change that with the help of Indian Land animal lovers.

    Gloria Davey founded Paws in the Panhandle in January to reduce the euthanasia rates of adoptable pets in the community. Her goal is to find homes for the animals in shelters in Lancaster and surrounding counties.

  • Teen faces multiple gun, assault charges

    A 17-year-old was arrested on several assault and gun charges after residents said he shot at a home on Sowell Street on April 3.

    Martiquos Javon McIlwain, of 804 Chesterfield Ave., was charged with assault with intent to kill, simple assault, unlawful possession of a pistol, discharging a firearm in the city, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, possession of a pistol during the commission of a violent crime and threatening the life of a public official.

  • Plots available in Community Garden

    If you’ve got a green thumb and want to help your neighbors, the United Way of Lancaster County can help you grow vegetables this spring and summer.

    The United Way is taking applications for its second annual Community Garden, situated at the Springdale Recreation Center next to the Melvin Steele soccer fields.