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Today's News

  • Prom season begins tonight

    The itinerary is set. The dresses and tuxedos are picked out and ready to go.

    But before Lancaster High School juniors and seniors head to their prom Saturday, officials wanted to remind them about the dangers of drinking and driving.

    On Thursday afternoon, those two classes gathered in the school's auditorium to hear a presentation about drunk driving and then sign a prom promise to not consume alcohol on Saturday.

  • 'I should have been smarter,' says woman fighting AIDS

    Yvonne "Bay Bay" Miller wants people to know a few things about AIDS.

    There's no such thing as safe sex, only safer sex, and it doesn't take long for the disease to develop from HIV to full-blown AIDS.

    People don't die from AIDS; they die from AIDS-related complications due to a ravaged immune system.

    Miller, 48, should know.

    She has AIDS, and she wants people to know her story before she dies, so maybe she can help someone before it's too late for them. She has a drive to look out for others, especially young people, who often think, "It can't happen to me."

  • Local Relay for Life shoots for $200,000 mark

    The 2007 Relay for Life drew more a crowd in excess of 6,000 to Lancaster Memorial Stadium.The goal of the overnight event is to spread awareness of cancer prevention and treatments and cures while honoring survivors and raising money for research to find more cures for cancer.In 13 years, Relay for Life has grown into the county’s largest fundraiser.Relay coordinator Donna Parsons said the reason for such widespread support is obvious.“It continues to grow because people want to support the American Cancer Society and its researc

  • A.R. Rucker students rally for Relay

    When A.R. Rucker Middle School student Brandon Newton picked sixth-grade teacher Anita Watts for a pie in the face, his fellow students went wild.

    One should never underestimate the joy middle school students will take in embarrassing their teachers. Thursday's embarrassment for teachers was for a good cause.

    The students and teachers at A.R. Rucker poured their hearts into their Relay for Life fundraiser this year, raising more than $9,000 – more than doubling their goal of $4,000.

  • NAACP honors Twitty with Pioneer Award

    HEATH SPRINGS – Staunch Democrat, voting rights and land cooperative leader.

    These are words that describe Gonze L ee Twitty, a local farmer who was recently recognized by the Lancaster branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People with the Pioneer Award. Educational leaders T.T. Barnes and Fred Thomas Jr. and voting rights leader Juanita Walker also received the award.

  • Tabernacle Chili cook-off heats up Relay for Life

    When Stephen Wright decided to enter the Tabernacle United Methodist Church Chili Cook-off on April 12 to benefit the 2008 Relay for Life, he had a plan.It wasn’t much of a plan, but it was a plan.“I told ‘em, I’d probably be better off to go by Wendys, buy a bunch of chili, put it in a pot and try to fake out everybody,” he said, laughing.

  • Humane Society grateful for support

    The Humane Society of Lancaster County Inc. would like to give a very heartfelt thank you to all those who helped make our first Fur Ball a huge success.

    There are so many to thank that I won’t be able to list them all. So if you are not mentioned, please know that we know who you are and the omission is one of space only.

  • The outlook is bright for administrative professionals

    What profession should be considered when starting or changing a career? Becoming an administrative professional is a solid choice for the future, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

    More than 4.2 million people were employed as administrative assistants and secretaries in 2006, with another 362,000 jobs expected to be added by 2016, an 8.5 percent increase over the 10-year period.

  • Kids in public schools have right to equal education

    I want to respond to Jeffery Donahue’s letter “Parents who want best for kids not elitists” in the April 18 edition of The Lancaster News.

    No one is being selfish at all. It is just that everyone can’t afford to send their children to private schools. My children have learned perfectly fine for the last five years and are on honor roll. They are not being rushed to learn. That is why they have after-school programs.

  • Report: shoplifting suspect bit police officer on hand

    While one officer worked to take a bite out of crime, the man he had just arrested took a bite out of him.

    Terry Andre Stradford, 42, of 1216 Memorial Park Road, led a Lancaster police officer on a pursuit about 2 p.m. Saturday after it was reported that Stradford shoplifted from the Rite Aide on Main Street, according to an incident report.

    The officer had to drag Stradford from the crawl space of a house to arrest him, a report said.