Today's News

  • Column: Our apathy makes us vulnerable to tyranny

    Revolutions must be popular because they have happened so often. In the Third World, revolutions are almost a national sport.
    Those revolutions are actually tyranny taking over another tyranny. Every revolution in history has always claimed to be carried out in the name of the people, but the people never get to run things.

  • Column: Out of many, we are one

    E Pluribus Unum or out of many, one.
    This 13-letter phrase became an official part of the Seal of the United States by an act of Congress in 1782. It was the de facto motto of the United States until Congress officially made In God We Trust the national motto in 1956.

  • Car flips, slams into embankment

    A Lancaster man survived a dramatic accident on Shiloh Unity Road about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. Details of the wreck were not immediately available, but crews on the scene said the 74-year-old driver appeared to have run off the right side of the road, overcorrected and flipped his Nissan Maxima at least once before hitting an embankment. The driver suffered no life-threatening injuries. No charges were filed as of press time.

  • Diverse group holds ‘walk & talk’ downtown

    With the nation focused on lethal force used by and against police, a diverse group of residents from around the Lancaster area joined together for a “walk and talk” event Sunday evening, strolling downtown streets for an hour getting to know each other better.
    The event, which organizer Teddy Norrell thought would draw only a handful of people, ended up with a turnout of over two dozen.

  • Buford teen is lightning in a saddle

    Out in the middle of Buford community, in a dusty oval arena called Horseplay Farms, the Tyre family offers lessons on horseback riding and bigger lessons about life, including responsibility, connection and commitment.
    The story of how an official-sized barrel-racing arena was built just off Cimmeron Road began a dozen years ago, when Savannah Tyre was 4 years old and begged her parents, Andy and Mandy, to take her to visit the neighbor’s horse. That led to them buying her a horse a year later.

  • Finally, IL starts work on trash site

    Nearly three years after Indian Land lost its old convenience center, work on its new one is finally showing real progress, with county officials hoping for a September or October opening.
    Meanwhile, Lancaster County is still offering stickers that allow Indian Land residents to use Mecklenburg County’s Foxhole Recycling Center.
    Lancaster County closed on the 4.6-acre property on Northfield Drive in the Perimeter 521 Commerce Park off U.S. 521 in April 2015, but work clearing the land didn’t begin until late May.

  • Editor's Column: Weaver wilts in Ansley Park spotlight

    Imagine that this newspaper is being accosted by organized complainers demanding that our publisher take action on their long-standing concerns.

    The publisher calls a big public meeting to hear their gripes and get her editor’s recommendation on how to proceed.

  • It’s Kids Day at Mr. Parr’s movie house

    Our tribute to Bill Evans

    From editor Brian Melton:

    When Bill Evans died this week, we still had a handful of his columns that we hadn’t gotten around to running. With his family’s permission, we will publish them over the next few weeks. 

  • Poetically Connected: IL woman shares her family’s link to famous World War I poem

    Sun City Carolina Lakes resident Ann Spitzer had heard the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields” before, but never knew the special connection it had to her family.

    In a diary entry dated May 2, 1915, Maj. John McCrae writes that Lt. Alexis Helmer, with the Canadian Field Artillery’s 2nd Battery, was killed in Flanders (Belgium), and the photo he kept of his fiancee was buried with him, a hole right through it from the bomb that took his life. 

  • John Newell, veteran of 3 wars, gets Quilt of Valor

    John Newell, 97, was presented with a Quilt of Valor in May by the Springs Creative Open Hearts quilting group at his home in Lancaster.  

    Newell was in the Army for 23 years, serving in three wars. He was an infantry corporal in World War II. After leaving the military, he re-enlisted during the Korean War and served as an infantry staff sergeant. During the Vietnam War, he served as staff sergeant in an artillery division.