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Today's News

  • New finance chief settles into challenging role

    Lancaster is facing big budget challenges in the next few years, so you might think the city’s top finance job would be a hot seat.
    But Daniel Driggers, who arrived two months ago to fill the vacant finance director’s position, doesn’t see it that way.
    “My job is not to be the fix-it person. That’s not my role,” Driggers said. “My role is to maintain transparency and make sure were communicating good financial data in a timely way.”

  • Fire destroys Grace Avenue home

    An elderly man lost his Grace Avenue home in a fire early Friday, but he and his dog got out safely.
    Lancaster County firefighters responded to 1632 Grace Ave. just after 9 a.m.
    “The house is probably a total-loss,” said Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue.
    McDonald Green, Elgin and Gooches volunteer fire departments and Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded.

  • Teacher’s victorious return pushes me far past the point of tears

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I run backward down a hallway at Buford Elementary School.
    My eyes are full of tears.
    I can barely see what I’m filming and taking photos of, and I just can’t seem to hold my emotions back.
    I’m almost jogging ahead of teacher Laura Grimm as she takes a well-deserved victory lap around the school because of the good news she received just days ago.

  • The Fur Ball

    The Lancaster SPCA will host its biggest fundraising event ever on Dec. 2 – Fur Ball Gala 2017, a night of dining, dancing, live music and auctions.
    The event is 7 p.m. at the Bradley Building’s special events room at USC Lancaster.
    The semi-formal party will be a festive way to bring in the holidays and support the SPCA’s mission of saving homeless pets.

  • Jail time in road rage death

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Charles Levi Small was convicted of reckless homicide Wednesday in a 2013 road-rage accident on Camp Creek Road that killed 26-year-old Jeffrey Whitener.
    Small, 28, will spend eight months behind bars and three years on probation. He entered an Alford plea, not admitting guilt but acknowledging that there was enough evidence to convict him. An Alford plea is a type of conviction.

  • Time to elect folks to run Van Wyck

    When Van Wyck voters went to the poll in August, they chose to become a town and set up its governmental structure.
    Next week, residents of the state’s newest municipality will decide who will run it.
    Van Wyck’s inaugural election to seat its first town council and mayor is Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road. The poll is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Longtime BHS coach Sam Page dies at 75

    Sam Page, a former Buford High School head football coach who remained a big part of the school’s athletic family for three decades, died Thursday. He was 75.
    Page, whose health had declined in recent years, died in his sleep at his home in the Buford community.
    “For 30 years, Coach Page had his hands in the Buford sports programs in some way,” said Buford Athletics Director Eric Funderburk. “When I got the news, it hit me hard. I had Coach Page as a driver’s ed teacher, and he coached me in football.

  • Gardner’s 3rd book recounts local ‘murder and mayhem’

    Miles Gardner has pulled more skeletons out of the closet with “The Claret Book of Murder and Mayhem in Lancaster, Kershaw and Chesterfield Counties,” the third installment of his “Murder and Mayhem” trilogy.
    The Lancaster Historical Commission is sponsoring a book signing at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street from 2:30-5 p.m. this Sunday.
    Gardner wrote the first book in the nonfiction series in 2004, the second in ’06. The stories come from a lifetime of research.

  • Creating native regalia

    From release

    Dr. Will Goins, artist and cultural anthropologist, will appear at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center as artist-in-residence this fall, demonstrating and discussing his work in regalia design, beadwork and painting.
    CEO of the Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois and United Tribes, Goins will be at the NASC on three Thursdays, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7 and 14, to demonstrate and discuss his work.

  • Column: This isn’t the tax reform we want or need

    Editor’s note: The writer is a Democrat from Sumter who lost to Republican Ralph Norman in this year’s special election for the 5th District congressional seat. Parnell is running for the office again in 2018. Norman’s views on the GOP tax-reform bill ran in this space Sunday.

    My father used to tell me to believe half of what you see and even less of what you hear. When it comes to what people in Washington or in the media have to say about tax policy, that’s usually pretty good advice.