Today's News

  • Have fun in water, but be careful

    In June we reported on the near drownings of two children in Lancaster County. The first was an 8-year-girl from a BridgeMill neighborhood pool.

    The second was a 2-year-old boy in his grandmother’s pool in the Van Wyck community. In today’s paper is a passionate letter from the 2-year-old’s grandmother, Brenda Hyatt. Hyatt is grateful and thankful for those who helped save him. She also issues a warning to others about pool safety.

    “Please don’t for one minute think this can’t happen to you,” Hyatt wrote.

  • Family grateful Tyler was saved

    My family and I would like to thank everyone involved in the rescue and recovery of my precious grandson on June 22.

    First, I want to thank the good Lord. I know God loves Tyler far more than we ever could. For whatever reason, he loved us enough to give him back. He had him in the palm of his hands and still gave him back for us to love and care for awhile longer.

  • Obama right to own up to America's weaknesses

    The guest column by John Cauthen, “Obama should tout, not criticize America,” in the May 3 edition of The Lancaster News regarding his perceived criticism of America by President Barack Obama and other related comments clearly point out the diversity of opinions regarding the complex issues facing our nation today.

    I was very interested in the analogy used by Mr. Cauthen between misrepresenting the condition of a used car to President Obama’s admission of past mistakes made by our government.

  • Be ready, prepare for possible hurricanes

    His name was Hugo. It was almost 20 years ago when he visited Lancaster County at a speed of more than 100 mph. He made believers of those who thought a coastal hurricane could not travel almost 200 miles inland.

    But that is just what the Category 4 storm did on Sept. 21-22, 1989. When the rain and wind stopped, Lancaster County was totally in the dark for a while. The damaged was in the millions and some people were without power for more than a month.

  • Lucky to have three fathers

    As Father’s Day approached, I found myself reflecting back on fathers and father figures in my life.

    My father and I did not have a healthy relationship when I was growing up and therefore Fathers Day was not celebrated by me as a time of sweet remembrance. Even today, 38 years later, I still, at times, would prefer that this day be taken off the calendar. He died when I was 16 years old but the memories never did.

  • Fishing with kids teaches valuable lesson

    The fish were not cooperating at the Outer Banks, so I volunteered to help at a children’s fishing tournament at one of the piers.

    There were about 40 children from 3 to 15 years old. One family from Pennsylvania was there and there were several generations of skilled fisherman.

    I made quick friends with an 11-year-old girl, who was beating everyone catching fish. As she fished we discussed her life on the farm and her chickens. Later her 14-year-old cousin came up and started talking about his mornings at the pier and his prize catches of the week.

  • Enjoy your summer, avoid heat problems

    It was a desperate call over the scanner from the law enforcement officer. He needed to get the tracking dog to the veterinarian. The problem was heat exhaustion.

    It was a day not fit for man nor beast. The temperature was 99 degrees and the heat index was 104.

    The beauty of the summer is sun. It is also the danger. The long summer days provide opportunity for fun and relaxation. But that summer sun and heat can also cause some serious medical conditions – even death.

  • Sanford can’t be effective governor

    Mark Sanford should not step down from his role as governor of South Carolina because of his extramarital affair. He should step down because of his lack of leadership, incompetency and irresponsibility.

    The revelation of the affair Wednesday was just  the latest of incidents that confirms his need to resign. Disappearing for almost a week without telling anyone how to get in touch with him left the Palmetto State vulnerable – especially if there had been an emergency.

  • Citadel ring returns after 43 years

    Due to the thoughtfulness of three men, Jim Furse’s Citadel class ring was returned after being lost for 43 years.

    We got a call the other night from Jim’s sister, Dedie Shramek from Fairfax, that the ring had been found. She gave me the name of Ed Brunson from Hampton, and said to contact him.

  • Tyler in good hands with EMTs

    A huge thank you to the rapid and thorough care given to Tyler Osornio, 2, and to keeping us fully informed after Tyler was rescued from a swimming pool.

    One female EMT stood with us until Tyler was on his way to Carolina’s Medical Center making sure we remained fully involved and informed. The manner they all portrayed was exceptional and very much appreciated.

    Lancaster County should be proud of our emergency response team.

    The Hyatt family and Mandy Osornio

    Van Wyck