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Today's News

  • Column: Roads, pensions, coyotes, mopeds, women’s toilets

    Is it better to accomplish lots of little things or a couple of major things? Legislators took the latter approach this year, concentrating on twin titanic issues – overhauling the state’s pension system and passing a plan to better fund and govern the state’s road system.
    What follows is a synopsis of  those two home runs along with a few singles and strike outs that occurred.

    Long and winding road

  • Column: How to help Lancaster’s homeless

    People in our community continue to ask me how they can help with the homeless here. There’s so much you can do – from donations to volunteering to just offering respect – to make a homeless person’s life a little bit better.
    If you are one of the lucky ones, the world of a homeless person is completely foreign from your own. But without the support of friends and family, how many of us could survive something such as the loss of a spouse, a debilitating physical illness or the loss of employment?

  • Reserve tickets for concert, party marking WDAV’s 40th year

    To celebrate WDAV’s 40th anniversary, the Vivian Major Robinson Classical Music Concert Series and the Lancaster County Council of the Arts are teaming up for a free classical music concert and a fundraising reception afterward to benefit the public radio station.
    Ticket reservations are required for both the free concert and the $50 reception and must be obtained by going to https://wdav.org/.

  • Musical mystery stars people-snarfing plant

    Chloe Mungo
    For The Lancaster News

    The Community Playhouse of Lancaster County’s performances of the musical horror comedy “Little Shop of Horrors” begin this weekend, and director Joe Timmons promises a “bloody good show.”
    It’s a devious tale of love, murder and mystery, according to Timmons, who said the playhouse picked him to direct it because “my sense of humor and weirdness would help to bring this show to life.”

  • Hog Jam kicks off autumn in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – If you’re hankering for some mouthwatering barbecue and great small-town fun, Hog Jam is the place to be this weekend.
    Now in its 12th year, the two-day fall festival is sponsored by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce and held in downtown Kershaw.
    Of course, the barbecue takes center stage, but there is something for everyone, ranging from street vendors and entertainers to inflatables and pony rides.

  • As violence persists, leaders look for individual responses

    Public officials, community leaders and church members gathered Saturday evening to talk about the recent deadly violence in Lancaster and give suggestions on what individuals can do to make a difference.
    In Reformation Lutheran Church’s fellowship hall, about 40 people listened, shared experiences and talked about how they can be a part of the solution.
    Gene Baker, the church’s pastor, said everyone attending was there because “we care about Lancaster.”

  • Lancaster couples in Vegas saw shootings’ aftermath

    Two couples from Lancaster experienced some of the aftermath of Las Vegas’ mass shooting Sunday evening.
    Stan and Windy Stokes and Eric and Donna Driver were on a trip to celebrate Stan’s 40th birthday.
    The four walked out of Planet Hollywood’s casino right after the shooting happened. They were heading down the street unknowingly in the direction of the shooting, but a man warned them not to go that way.

  • School district leaders tour building sites, plan for future

    The Lancaster County School District’s superintendent, directors and board members attended planning meetings Friday and Saturday to address construction projects, community engagement and academic advancement.
    On Friday afternoon, the group rode a bus to each of the on-going construction projects throughout the county.

  • Motel guest explains ripped up carpet – I was trying to kill rat

    A Lancaster man was arrested Monday for pulling up all the carpet from the floor of a local motel room, telling police he did it trying to kill a rat.
    Mark Ashley McCowan, 37, 940 Taylor Drive, was charged with malicious injury to property under $2,000 and giving false information to police.
    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, an officer was called to Super 8 Motel, 1201 S.C. 9 Bypass East, just after 10:30 p.m. Monday to see the property damage.

  • Blackmon takes city council oath

    Linda Blackmon was sworn in Sunday as a member of Lancaster City Council, marking the end of an 11-month battle with defeated incumbent Jackie Harris over the 2016 District 3 election.
    The S.C. Supreme Court unanimously affirmed Blackmon’s win on Sept. 7, and last Thursday it unanimously denied Harris’ motion to reconsider the ruling.
    Under S.C. law, Harris was allowed to retain the District 3 seat until her protest of Blackmon’s Nov. 8 election victory was fully adjudicated in the state courts.