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Today's News

  • Ball games and Bible studies

    Madison Barrett
    For The Lancaster News

    Two Victory Sports Outreach Camps drew almost 100 kids to schools at Buford and Barr Street this week for a program that resembled both a sports camp and a vacation Bible school.
    Seven Lancaster County Baptist churches joined together to sponsor the camps. VSO’s mission is to provide both sports instruction and Christian ministry.

  • Remember When: Learning the value of telling the truth

    Editor’s note: When Bill Evans passed away this month, we had a few of his recent columns stockpiled, waiting to run. With his family’s permission, we will continue to publish them until we run out, in his honor.

    It was the worst of times. America and the rest of the world was at war. All up and down Chesterfield Avenue, boys and girls were collecting old newspapers, aluminum pots, rubber tires and hose pipes. This was our first taste of recycling, and that word hadn’t even been invented yet.

  • Buford 3rd grade teacher spends summer learning sign language

    To bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities, Buford Elementary School third-grade teacher Mary Anna Wilkes is spending her summer learning American Sign Language.

    Wilkes’ interest in learning sign language started at her previous job with the Head Start program at Southside Elementary School 10 years ago, where she had the opportunity to work with young children who had hearing impairments. 

  • Great Flood of 1916

    One hundred years ago this week, no one here knew history-making floodwaters were barreling down from the N.C. mountains toward Lancaster County. And by the time they arrived, it was too late to warn anybody.
    “The old-timers from here who witnessed it called it the greatest flood since Noah,” said local historian Lindsay Pettus, explaining how three mid-July days in 1916 changed life along the Catawba River. “At the time, nobody had ever seen anything quite like it.”

  • Foxhole demand swamps county

    Scores of Indian Land residents seeking access stickers to dispose of household trash at the Foxhole Recycling Center in Mecklenburg County have been turned away due to a greater than expected demand.
    Up until this month, Indian Land residents were able to use the Foxhole, just north of the state line, free through an agreement made with Mecklenburg County after Lancaster County closed the community’s convenience center on Jim Wilson Road in 2013.

  • 8th-annual Kids Day Festival growing

    Lancaster’s eighth-annual National Youth Empowerment Kid’s Day Festival is expected to see its largest year yet, after the county school district joined the effort and invited its 12,000 students to attend.
    Festival organizer Ja'Von Crockett is a Lancaster native and an Atlanta hair stylist with a passion for children and community ministry. His festival began seven years ago on Lancaster’s Hampton Road in front of his mother’s home.

  • Train derails near S.C. 75 in Panhandle

    A CSX freight train derailed at the state line west of Waxhaw, N.C., Thursday morning, blocking two roads off Waxhaw Highway.
    CSX spokeswoman Melanie Cost said the accident occurred about 10:30 a.m. when a freight train traveling from Atlanta, Ga. to Hamlet, N.C. derailed near Tory Path Road. The train had three locomotives, 69 loads of mixed freight and 51 empty cars.
    The derailment blocked Hector Road on the S.C. side of the border, Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said, but residents were able to reach their homes via other routes.

  • Lightning the likely cause of church fire

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service

    As many as three lightning strikes were determined to be the cause of last week’s fire that severely damaged Lando Baptist Church in eastern Chester County.
    According to Eddie Murphy, chief of the Lando Fire Department, lighting struck the church on July 7 about 7:30 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.
    “The fire cooked in the attic for about four hours before it got out,” Murphy said.

  • Sheriff’s office to raise money for 2 employees’ medical costs

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office will hold a hotdog fundraiser next Wednesday, July 20, for two employees who have sons with costly medical conditions.
    “Both children have conditions that will require repeated and continual medical care and visits,” Maj. Matt Shaw said Thursday. “The families have had to travel to medical facilities outside of local area.”

  • Science + Art

    Campers’ eyes were filled with excitement and wonder Monday morning as the Lancaster County Council of the Arts started its first week of Arts and Sciences camps in Lancaster.
    Being one of the largest sessions, the Lancaster camp is hosting nearly 70 participants this week at Covenant Baptist Church.
    LCCA Executive Director Debbie Jaillette said the Lancaster session has 12 classes with instructors who are certified teachers and art professors.