Today's News

  • City Council changes name of department

    A city of Lancaster department has undergone a name change.

    The Building, Licensing and Zoning Department will now be called the Building, Planning and Zoning Department.

    Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday on the change, with Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace dissenting.

    City staff suggested the name change because business license and hospitality tax collections are now under the city’s support services, a change that took effect this year.

  • LHS collecting food, supplies for needy families

    When shopping at Walmart or Food Lion in Lancaster over the next three Saturdays, you may want to pick up a few extra canned-food items or paper goods to donate to Lancaster families in need.  

    Lancaster High School student athletes and members of the Lancaster Bruins Booster Club will be outside the doors of Walmart and Food Lion to collect these as you leave the store for the next three Saturdays.  

    They are collecting these items to support Operation Blue and Gold Santa.  

  • 'It's not typical, safe art'

    From in-your-face colored-pencil portraits to sculptures built of metal work and animal bones, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts’ latest exhibit making its debut this Halloween weekend lives up to its name.

    The show features the drawings of Lancaster resident Lisa Stamper, an art teacher at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School, and Matt Hall, a sculptor and blacksmith. The exhibit, Dark Arts, debuts today at the Springs House, 201 W. Gay St.

    Pencil works

  • Cedar Creek AME Zion ready to build new church

    Caroline Reed remembers the day the church she had been a member of for 40 years burned.

    She went to Cedar Creek AME Zion Church the evening of Aug. 22, 2006, to see the smoldering remains of what had been her home church.

    Fire officials believed a lightning strike ignited the fire that burned the 133-year-old church.

    “I grew up there,” Reed said, recalling that night. “It was as if a family member had died. I can’t even describe the pain.”

    But church members are much happier these days.

  • Employees accountable under new county policy

    Lancaster County employees will now face monetary penalties if they are held responsible for an accident in a county vehicle.

    County Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night to amend the county’s motor vehicle use and operation policy. The resolution will enforce fines when county employees are at fault in the damage of county equipment. The vote was 5-0. Councilman Larry McCullough was not present at the meeting.

    Council removed the section of the policy allowing monetary penalties about two years ago.

  • Lancaster native Maurice Williams giving 50th anniversary show Nov. 8

    NEWBERRY – Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs will celebrate a milestone tonight in Newberry.

    Williams, a Lancaster native, and his group will celebrate 50 years in show business at a sold-out show at the Newberry Opera House.

    Williams’ group is an oldies and beach music favorite.

    Williams is best known for his signature song “Stay,” which he wrote and recorded in 1960 in Columbia on the Herald label. The song went to No. 1 on the national charts and Williams earned a gold record for it.

  • Artisans Center plans New Year’s bash, opening

    Board members for The Artisans Center, a new nonprofit arts venue in downtown Lancaster, are planning a Winter Wonderland fundraiser for New Year’s Eve.

    Board members had hoped to celebrate a grand opening next month, but decided to move the grand opening event to New Year’s Eve.

    The event will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31 at The Artisans Center. Those attending are asked to dress in white, with prizes going to the best-dressed couple, and best-dressed man and woman.

  • Program set for Honor Flight

    KERSHAW – Kershaw First Baptist Church members hope for a full sanctuary for a Sunday concert to honor local veterans.

    The concert will benefit the Kershaw Honor Flight, which church members and Kershaw residents have spearheaded to send Lancaster- and Kershaw-area World War II veterans to see the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 21.

    The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The performance features trumpeter Gordon Hann.

  • Opera-singing delivery guy

    Driving with the windows rolled down in his small box truck, killing time before the next stop along his delivery route, Joel Vega belts out lyrics from his favorite tunes.

    But unlike many other motorists, Vega isn’t singing the latest pop song or country hit – he’s singing opera.

    Working as a part-time delivery truck driver, Vega, 31, spends three days a week loading free real-estate guides into his truck and heads for Lancaster County.

  • Schools planning H1N1 vaccine clinics

    School officials have devised a schedule for administering the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine to the youngest students in the school district.

    The schedule will take effect when the vaccine is ready to be administered.

    Graceann Jones, lead nurse for Lancaster County School District, informed the school board Tuesday about the projected schedule, which targets preschool and elementary schools.