Today's News

  • Community opens its arms to those fleeing hurricane

    With 310,000 people from the S.C. Lowcountry heading inland this week to escape Hurricane Matthew, it was inevitable at least a few of them would end up in Lancaster.
    Some came because of their connections to the area, while others arrived as part of a planned evacuation. For one family, the stay in Lancaster came as a matter of fate, a safe haven from the storm during a long, uncertain journey.
    The largest single group of evacuees was the 49 residents of White Oak Manor in Charleston who sheltered at the White Oak Manor here.

  • Traffic citations fall 43% in a year

    The vacancy-plagued Lancaster Police Department has issued just 753 traffic citations in the first three months of its fiscal year, down 43 percent from a year earlier.
    The department has six unfilled positions on its staff of 39 sworn officers. Despite the city’s moves in the past year to raise police salaries and award signing bonuses, the problem persists. The department hasn’t hired a single certified officer in 2016.

  • Brooke Bauer, PhD, comes home to preserve her Catawba culture

    Brooke Bauer grew up listening to the voices of native women sitting in the shade of a huge oak tree in front of her grandmother’s mobile home on the Catawba Indian Reservation.
    The older women, led by her Granny Evelyn George, breathed life into Catawba clay, shaping it into useful cooking vessels and art as they shared stories of struggle and celebration.  

  • FAFSA application date moved up

    From release
    Raleigh, N.C. – For students heading or returning to college in fall 2017, the start date for applying for federal and state financial aid has moved up to Oct. 1, 2016. In previous years, students were unable to file for financial aid until the first of the year.

  • Main Street scarecrows vandalized

    Police are looking for the vandal or vandals who damaged 11 scarecrows displayed downtown this week for Crows on Main, an annual Halloween scarecrow competition.
    Joe Timmons, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster, said the vandalism happened Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
    “We think it was somebody trying to be funny, but it’s not very funny,” Timmons said. “I think this is the first time it’s ever been this bad.”

  • Coming Events

    Week Ahead

    McManus and Jowers reunion

    A reunion for the descendants of Lewis and Mandy McManus and Daniel and Tillie Jowers is 12:30 p.m. today at the Union Baptist Church Family Life Center, 5003 Taxahaw Road. Bring a well-filled food and drink basket, as well as family photos. For details, call (803) 285-6489.

    Baker Farm tour Oct. 25

  • Church News

    Week Ahead

    Trinity offers tabernacle tours

    Trinity Baptist Church, 1519 Steele Hill Road, Van Wyck, will offer 30-minute evening walk-through tours of a life-sized replica of an ancient tabernacle today. Tour dates and times are subject to change, based on weather and interest. Tickets are $5 per person; children 10 and under get in free. To reserve a time slot, call (803) 313-9357 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Groups are welcome.

  • News Briefs

    Economic development structural committee meets

    The Lancaster County Council Economic Development Structural Committee meeting is 5 p.m. Oct. 24 in the County Council Conference Room at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St. 

    Candidate forum set for Oct. 24

  • Column: Charter school makes learning fun, exciting

    From the beginning, you know this school is different.
    Young children bound out of the cars with excitement and run to hug the principal. He greets each student by name, and then they scamper inside laughing and excited.
    Inside, the walls are crowded with lots of kids’ art work, pictures of students receiving awards and inspirational quotes from people like Steve Jobs. Pennants from the teachers’ colleges hang outside every classroom door.

  • Candidate Column: Harris cites her track record of getting good things done

    I would like to thank the kind people of District 3 for allowing me to serve as your representative on the Lancaster City Council.
    I’m seeking re-election to my second term in office as your councilwoman. I have worked tirelessly to address some of the people’s needs in the community.
    First, the Gay Street basketball courts had been in need of serious repairs. The adults and children had been playing on the same concrete that was used to fill the former pool located on the site.