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Today's News

  • Firefighters join solemn 9/11 stair climb

    Eighteen Lancaster County firefighters and three guests climbed 110 flights of stairs at the Duke Energy Building in Uptown Charlotte on Saturday during the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.
    They were among 714 climbers who raised $21,000 for the families of New York firefighters who died in the attack on the 110-story World Trade Center.

  • Woman grabs 2 sons, flees burning home in Brooklyn

    Mark Manicone
    mmanicone@thelancasternews.com

    Artrise Stalk awoke to flames in her bedroom Monday afternoon at her house in Brooklyn. She grabbed her two young sons and ran out the door.
    “I was asleep, and I heard a big bang. I woke up and there were flames everywhere,” Stalk said, still shaking an hour later at her cousin’s house down the street.
    She and her sons made it out uninjured, but lost many of their belongings in the fire.

  • 9 candidates file for VW council, just 1 for mayor

    Nine candidates filed for the four town council seats in Van Wyck’s upcoming inaugural election, but just one person signed up to be mayor – Sean Corcoran.
    Corcoran, 42, was one of three incorporation commissioners who led the last stages of the organizing effort.
    An attorney at the law firm Brock & Scott in Charlotte, he said Tuesday he was surprised no one else filed for the mayor’s job – and that so many people jumped into  the council race.

  • Ceremony honors 9/11 victims, notes city’s recent trauma

    Mark Manicone
    mmanicone@thelancasternews.com

    Irma’s howling wind and driving rain Monday weren’t enough to keep a group of Lancaster citizens from honoring those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.
    Pastors from multiple local churches gathered with Lancaster firefighters and other citizens to pray for those affected by the terrorist attack 16 years ago. The crowd at the Historic Courthouse totaled about 20.

  • Farm animals galore await kids in Van Wyck

    A new animal farm dedicated to children with special needs is coming alive in Van Wyck.

    Bristol’s For Joy, started by Rebecca Templeton Barrows, will have its grand opening and fundraiser 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, on its 20-acre location, 4707 Three Crow Rd.

    Barrows was inspired to start the farm after quickly realizing there weren’t many places that catered to Bristol, her 6-year-old daughter with autism.

    Barrows, who is originally from England, said a friend who has a similar farm in Charlotte inspired her.

  • Linda Blackmon’s win affirmed

    In a unanimous opinion late Thursday, the S.C Supreme Court affirmed Linda Blackmon’s election to the Lancaster City Council’s District 3 seat, which had been held up since last November by a legal challenge from her opponent.
    “I feel amazing…. It’s been tough,” said Blackmon, who beat incumbent Jackie Harris in the Nov. 8 election by a 281-225 vote.
    The Supreme Court’s decision, issued as an administrative opinion, upholds Circuit Judge Brian Gibbons’ Feb. 16 ruling that allowed the election results to stand.

  • ‘I’m in shock’ – Local ‘dreamers’ worry about future if DACA dies

    Some local “dreamers” are worried about their jobs and futures after President Trump this week ordered an eventual end to the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
    Trump has given Congress the chance to replace the program before he begins unwinding it in six months. DACA protects undocumented immigrants from deportation if they were brought into the United States as children by their parents.

  • Civic leader charged in domestic-abuse case

    A Lancaster business owner and civic leader was arrested last week after his wife accused him of threatening her while holding a handgun, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Chris Tillman, 50, of 1943 Havenwood Drive, was charged with one count of first-degree domestic violence after the Aug. 30 incident.
    Tillman is the owner of C&V Cleaning Services in Lancaster and recently became president of the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club.

  • Rabies case reported in Lancaster County

    A Lancaster County dog tested positive for rabies on Thursday, causing one person to seek medical attention after potentially being exposed, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
    The incident happened around Cedar Creek and Hoke roads, just west of Heath Springs.
    On Monday, the dog began to show “abnormal activity” like ramming into objects, obsessive digging, lethargy and extra salivation. The victim was possibly exposed to the dog’s saliva while trying to provide care for the animal, according to a DHEC release.

  • 78-year-old community caregiver inspires me

    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 clear off a stool to sit in the narrowest building I’ve ever been inside.
    It used to be a taxi stand.
    It still has the old cigarette rack behind the counter that reads “Camel. Winston. Salem.”
    But it’s not full of cigarettes anymore.
    Instead of stacks of cigarettes, the cubbyholes hold vitamins and ibuprofen and old photos.