Today's News

  • Some war stories from Honor Flight veterans

    A trip with 90 World War II veterans wouldn’t be complete without a few war stories, and local vets shared a few during the Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, 21.

    Here are a few:

    Remembering Iwo Jima

    At the Iwo Jima Memorial, which features a statue of the infamous photograph of Marines posting the American flag, veteran Hazel Adams of Lancaster recalled that battle. He was on a mine sweeper as a sailor in the U.S. Navy, and swept 224 mines the day that famous flag was raised.

  • Honor Flight a moving event

    The 90 local World War II veterans who went on Saturday’s Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial weren’t the only ones who were moved by the experience.

    The vets were accompanied by 50 guardians. Some simply wanted to accompany the veterans on the trip, while others had a more personal reason for going.

    Kershaw Town Councilwoman Genny Hendrix helped organize the flight and was a guardian to veteran Woodrow Pitts, who was with the Army’s 3rd Armored Division and drove Sherman tanks.

  • Honor Flight an honor for local reporter

    Tinian. Anzio. Saipan. Cassino. Bastogne.

    These were places I don’t remember hearing of before I began cramming about five weeks ago for a trip with local World War II veterans.

    Although I had written stories about World War II veterans before, my knowledge about geography and chronology about the war was always a little fuzzy.

  • FOIL worried about concrete plants

    Scott Bruntmyer is hoping to grab the attention of Lancaster County officials.

    As a member of the nonprofit advocacy group Friends of Indian Land, Bruntmyer has been working to inform county officials about problems he and other residents are having with four concrete plants in the Panhandle. His organization recently sent a letter of complaint to the county about the plants, which are located inside the Highway 521 Perimeter Light Industrial Park.

  • Employment office honors county’s military veterans

    When Derrick Watts applied for a job at the Lancaster Walmart, he didn’t expect to get a response so soon.

    In February, the former U.S. Air Force dispatcher submitted his application and decided to do a little shopping since he was in the store. When his cell phone rang a few moments afterward, he was shocked to hear a Walmart representative on the other end asking to schedule an interview.

    That same day Watts was interviewed, completed the required screenings and was hired as a cashier.

  • Wilds named literacy director

    The Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative board of directors has named Kathy Wilds as executive director of the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative.

    Wilds is  known throughout the community for her work over the last 21 years in the field of behavioral health.

    She was a founder and former executive director of the Learning Institute For Tomorrow (LIFT).  Prior to her work with LIFT,

    Wilds was employed by Catawba Community Mental Health Center in the Lancaster office.

  • Wayward doe makes mess at USCL

    Expecting a quiet day at work, Dr. John Catalano was surprised to hear a commotion outside his office Friday morning.

    Catalano, dean of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, was one of only a handful of staff at the school on the day after Thanksgiving. As he was finishing up some paperwork about 10 a.m., Catalano was startled to hear a loud crash near his office in Hubbard Hall. The building houses the office of the dean and other offices.

  • IL resident wants new fire district

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land’s growing population has prompted some residents to ask if the area’s emergency services have become too strained.

    That was one of the hot topics at the Indian Land Action Council’s Nov. 16 meeting. Leading the discussion was Belair resident Linda Singer, who outlined problems facing the county’s emergency responders, as well as a potential solution.

    “While we have some of the lowest tax rates in the country, we do not have the needed standard of emergency services that we should,” Singer said.

  • Hot Box debuts Saturday

    From rock music to symphony sounds, music lovers will eventually discover them all at The Hot Box, Lancaster’s newest music venue.

    Located at 106 Elm St. in downtown Lancaster, The Hot Box will serve as a music venue at For Amusement Only, with a second building on the property that may eventually feature performances.

    For Amusement Only is a partnership between Dennis and Lorrie Brewer and Robin and Sal Estrada.

    The Estradas ran another business, Estrada Extreme Sports, at the location.

  • Lanes thankful for help, support from friends

    John “Red” and Grace Lane do a celebratory dance when they receive good news.

    The routine involves face-to-face hand slaps and a chest bump. It’s similar to those done by sports teams.

    Lately, they’ve performed the dance quite often.

    Considering strides they’ve made with bouts with cancer and widespread support from the community, the Lancaster couple has a lot of reasons to be thankful this holiday season.

    Cancer diagnoses