Today's News

  • Writer clarifies mean-spirited comment

    Singled out that I characterized those who attended the TEA party as mean-spirited caused some concern in my household. My wife suggested I refrain from further comment, which would only result in a “Who shot John” battle over newsprint space with no clear winner, other than the guy selling pulpwood.

  • Bike thieves plague neighborhood

    Bike thieves plague family neighborhood

    This letter is intended for the community members and their families in the Erwin neighborhood. I live in a nice family-oriented area near Erwin Elementary School. I know all of my neighbors and often spend time together with our children. It is a great place to live and I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to have the sense of family, friendship and neighborly fellowship. This feeling has been questioned recently by the acts of senseless members of nearby areas.

  • Police reports - Aug. 19, 2009

    According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Officers responded to Pardue Street Apartments on Monday after receiving a call about a stove falling on someone.

    The report said when officers arrived, they saw a naked 3-year-old boy standing on the sidewalk being treated by Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services for burns on his face, shoulder, stomach, thigh and groin area.

    Inside the apartment, officers noted that the stove was tipped over, and there was chicken and cooking grease on the floor.

  • You have right to your opinion, but get facts right

    I agree with letter writer W.B. Evans. Everyone has a right to express his or her opinion. Where I disagree with a lot of opinions, is when they are not based on real facts.

    Here are real facts:

  • Man questions county priorities

    dition of The Lancaster News said Lancaster County is getting a $1.7 million U.S. Transportation grant to improve the Lancaster County Airport runway. In that same edition was a story about the 19.1 percent unemployment rate.

    So, probably less than 1 percent of Lancaster County residents will even see improvements, much less use them.

  • Class grateful for Sonic’s help

    We would like to thank Bill Thrailkill, Sonic general manager, for supporting the Salkehatchie workers who were housed here in Lancaster in June. There are no words adequate enough to express our gratitude for the wonderful hamburgers you provided for their meal on Friday. They were so excited when we arrived with the burgers. Your support of this wonderful mission work was appreciated and enjoyed by all. Lancaster is truly blessed to have such a caring member of our community. Again, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

  • Updated airport will make good impression

    First impressions count. They matter whether it’s a blind date or a job interview.

    They also matter to industrial prospects who come to Lancaster County to check us out as a potential location for their business.

    That’s just one reason the $1.7 million federal grant that was recently awarded to Lancaster County for improvements to the county airport is important.

  • Nationalized health care not good idea

    Many of you have contacted me recently regarding concerns surrounding the health care legislation pending in Washington, known variously as H. 3200, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, etc. Ordinarily, I don’t delve into federal issues in this column. However, while I share the same concerns many of you have expressed regarding costs, taxes and service levels, there is yet another reason that this bill bothers me – its tremendous expansion of the federal government, often at the cost of states and localities.  

  • County responded to challenge to help woman

    About three weeks ago, The Lancaster News featured an article about Rosemary Fann, who had lost her home due to repossession and she was in serious need. Finding Mrs. Fann another home seemed to be a task that was far to big for any one church or agency to handle.

    Her church family, Christ Fellowship Community Church, was helping her as much as they could with food and the money needed to purchase gas, medications, etc. She is temporarily staying in the home of her pastor and his family.

  • Writer disappointed in country, its leadership

    The following was addressed to President Barack Obama:

    The government has gone completely nuts. How can government officials keep a stern straight face when they present their health care plan to the American people?

    Sixty percent of us do not want you taking away our freedom to choose. You are simply disingenuous. We do not need all of this government intervention in our lives. You also stated recently that “we should not bet against you.”