Today's News

  • Carolina Community Actions offers utility assistance

    Carolina Community Actions Inc. has funds available to help low-income residents keep the cold outside this winter with the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Applicants can apply at Carolina Community Actions  at 101 S. Wylie St., Lancaster.

  • Councilwoman seeks to oust administrator

    A Lancaster City Council member moved to fire City Administrator Helen Sowell on Tuesday night, but her motion failed for lack of support.

    After council returned from closed session to discuss a personnel matter and receive legal advice, Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace made a motion to fire Sowell.

    The motion died for lack of a second, meaning Blackmon-Brace’s proposal never made it to the table for a vote.

  • Santa Claus stops early in Van Wyck

    VAN WYCK – Santa Claus wasn’t the only one making a list and checking it twice this year.

    Unfolding a large sheet of yellow paper Saturday morning, Betty George scanned a list of families, children and senior citizens who were in need of gifts this Christmas.

    As organizer of this year’s Van Wyck Angel Tree program, and a member of the Van Wyck Community Initiative, which sponsored the event, George helped collect toys and household goods for people in her community.

  • Artisans Center preps for New Year's Eve bash

    Angie Rollings spray-painted branches silver, while Deah Stogner hung snowflakes in the window of the Artisans Center, Lancaster’s newest nonprofit art center, on Wednesday afternoon.

    Tiffany Copen and her mother, Susan Moore, arranged the silver branches into clear, decorative cubes and began adding a string of white lights to the display.

  • Council debates library bonds

    County Council members disagreed Monday on a funding proposal for the county’s libraries.

    Council considered a request from the county’s library board to add a referendum on library bonds to the November 2010 ballot.

    The discussion, which touched on concerns about funding and locations of new libraries, was in response to a letter from Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band.

  • Advent Passage a place for holiday reflection

    If you find yourself caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, then maybe it’s time for a calm break and to reflect on the reason for the season.

    Walk through the doors of First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Gay St., and you may find the peace you are searching for.

    The 10 members of the Circle of Elizabeth have created a symbolic tribute to the Advent Passage. It focuses on the first two chapters of Luke in the Bible.  

  • Local fraternity serves up Christmas spirit at lunch

    The smell of turkey and dressing wafted through the A.R. Rucker Middle School cafeteria Tuesday as the local Omega Psi Phi alumni chapter served up its annual Christmas lunch.

    There was a lot of smiling going on as people ran into old friends they hadn’t seen in a while.

    That’s Ken Thompson’s favorite thing about the lunch, which local fraternity members have been putting here for 35 years.

    Thompson said he usually comes to the dinner with his sister-in-law, Melvenia Hilton-Jones, who works for the Lancaster Police Department.

  • HOPE doles out $692k in 11 months

    HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster has fed 3,390 people this year, given $692,000 to help families make mortgage, rent or utility payments and helped more than 6,000 families so far in 2009.

    HOPE executive director, Elaine Adkins, presented figures during the agency’s annual board meeting on Thursday night.

    From January through November, 2,364 adults and 1,026 children received food from HOPE. The value of that food is more than $200,000.

  • County honors Dixie Softball teams

    It’s a sight one usually sees at sporting events – coaches, players and families packed together.

    But at the Nov. 30 meeting of County Council, they gathered at the County Administration Building as council honored the Lancaster County Dixie Softball teams for winning their third state championship in three years.

    Council Chairman Rudy Carter congratulated the teams for their significant achievements.

    “We like to recognize special people and tonight we’ve got a room full of special people,” Carter said.

  • Deputies charge 33-year old man with sexual assault of teenager

    Investigators are accusing a Lancaster man of getting a 19-year-old woman drunk and then sexually assaulting her.

    Michael Lee Deerman, 33, 1322 Bradford Drive, was arrested Thursday and has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    According to an arrest warrant, Deerman provided vodka for the 19-year-old which “caused the victim to become physically helpless and unable to resist the battery from the defendant.”