Today's News

  • 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.

  • Rabbits don't go with tea

    For grown-up women in the South, the highlight of the summer months were those afternoon tea parties.

    Both Aunt Bess (a staunch Presbyterian) and Mama who was a double dipper (sprinkled as a Methodist and baptized as a Baptist) were right in the middle of them.

    The menu for most of these high-society daylight soirées was just about the same.

    The Presbyterians were partial to pimento cheese sandwiches, while the Baptists liked chicken salad.

  • Woman treated to hot-air balloon ride

    A dream of taking to the sky came true Tuesday for a woman at White Oak Manor.

    Residents of the Lancaster assisted-living home have been asked to submit their top wish; it’s up to the White Oak staff to make them come true.

    Betty Usher’s dream was to fly in a hot-air balloon.

    “The more I thought about it, the more excited I got,” said Usher, a Buford community native who’s lived at White Oak for six years. “It’s something I had never done.”

  • L&C closes trestle due to fire damage

    Lancaster & Chester Railway officials hope to have a trestle damaged by fire early Tuesday back in service this morning.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to Mullis Circle about 7 a.m. Tuesday. A man told deputies he thought there was a van on fire under the train trestle behind Woodcreek Apartments.

    The officers found a white Chevrolet Suburban, which matched the description of one stolen from Chandler’s Body Shop on Monday, the report said.

  • War memorial plans move forward in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – Plans are moving forward to build a war memorial in Heath Springs.

    In July, resident David Williams presented a proposal to Heath Springs Town Council for a war memorial honoring all branches of the military.

    The monument could be built where the town’s old water tower was torn down earlier this year, Williams said.

    Williams said he’d like a granite monument, with a 4-foot base, 10-foot mid-section and 2-foot top. It would list the names of those who served in military conflicts from the Spanish-American War on.