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Today's News

  • From mayor’s shirts to mayor’s quilt

    At Tuesday’s meeting of Lancaster City Council, Charlotte Shaw, widow of the city’s longest-serving mayor, was given a quilt made from his shirts bearing the city’s logo.

    Joe Shaw, who was mayor for 33 years, died last November.

    Several months ago, Charlotte Shaw brought several of his shirts by City Hall to be given to municipal employees, but city staff decided to have a quilt sewn for her, instead. 

  • Will deadly amoeba be killed before water reaches us?

    Almost a month after an Ohio teen died from a “brain-eating amoeba” found in the water at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, officials are still deciding how to dispose of that water. 

    The U.S. National Whitewater Center closed June 24, but it still contains12 million gallons of water in a big pool. 

  • Trucks demolishing IL road

    Residents of Indian Land’s Legacy Park subdivision say heavy construction traffic from a neighboring development is destroying two of the community’s roads.

    Leslie Jamieson of Xandra Court has lived in the neighborhood for seven years and walks her dogs along Vance Baker Road twice a day.

    Jamieson said since July 5, a steady stream of dump-truck traffic in and out of a new development at the end of the road has caused severe cracking along the shoulder of Vance Baker.

  • Pokémania

    The mobile game that has swept the nation in the past two weeks is getting many young Lancaster residents off their couches and into the city to play.  

    It’s called Pokémon Go.

    The “augmented reality” app ties the virtual world of Pokémon to real-life landmarks around downtown Lancaster and across the country.

  • Remember When: Another dose of ‘war is hell’ at Gettysburg

    Editor’s note: When Bill Evans passed away last week, 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.

    No matter where you are, you need some old work clothes. An old Stetson that I’ve been holding onto for years is ideal to shade my brow, and those Red Camel faded blue work pants and old Air Force blue dress shirt pretty much takes care of it for me.

  • 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.

  • Column: A Trump vote is a stiff-arm to both parties

    Every time I write about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it sounds repetitive of what we can see and hear on TV and radio. I don’t think there is anything I can say that is going to inform or change someone’s mind about who to vote for, because I think people have heard it all and have made their decisions based on things like family, tradition and party loyalty.
    Having said this, I would like to challenge voters to consider something else in their decision process.

  • Column: Does my concealed-carry permit immunize me from traffic tickets?

    Philando Castile, a black man in Minnesota who was shot and killed by a 28-year-old police officer named Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop, was about my age.
    We might have had plenty in common, or not much at all. But when details of his killing emerged, I learned of one potential similarity between us that also set us a world apart: Like Castile, I have a permit to carry a gun.

  • 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.”

  • 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.”