http://www.thelancasternews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Man dies in logging truck accident http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/morning-wreck-shuts-down-catawba-river-bridge <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bridge_wreck_supp_082815_2076_color.jpg" alt="A loaded logging truck and compact Honda car collided head-on shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, on S.C. 5 over the Catawba River." title="A loaded logging truck and compact Honda car collided head-on shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, on S.C. 5 over the Catawba River." align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> A Rock Hill man died Friday, Aug. 28, following a head-on accident with a logging truck on the Rock Hill Highway (S.C. 5) bridge over the Catawba River.<br /> York County Coroner Sabrina Gast confirmed Friday that Brian Stokes, 30, died shortly after the accident.<br /> The accident closed the highway for two hours as emergency crews cleared wreckage and contended with a hazardous materials situation created by leaking fuel.<br /> Sheriff’s office investigates home invasions http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/sheriff%E2%80%99s-office-investigates-home-invasions <p> Lancaster County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office is investigating two unrelated early morning home invasions near Lancaster in less than a week, one of which resulted in a man suffering serious injuries from a beating.<br /> The Aug. 15 and Aug. 20 incidents occurred during a week in which LCSO detectives were also busy investigating armed robberies at three area businesses.<br /> The Aug. 15 incident occurred at a home in the 2000 block of Pacer Drive south of Lancaster.<br /> City council funds study http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/city-council-funds-study <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/citycouncil_cs_082715_4739.jpg" alt="Interim City of Lancaster Administrator Helen Sowell presented information about a wastewater treatment plant study to Lancaster City Council on Aug. 11." title="Interim City of Lancaster Administrator Helen Sowell presented information about a wastewater treatment plant study to Lancaster City Council on Aug. 11." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Funding to continue a critical operational study of the city of Lancaster&rsquo;s wastewater treatment plant was approved by city officials earlier this month.<br /> During Lancaster City Council&rsquo;s Aug. 11 meeting, council members approved funding $12,500 to continue a contract with W.K. Dickson, a community infrastructure consulting firm.<br /> Council&rsquo;s vote to continue the study at least through September came minutes after a report from City Administrator Helen Sowell and Brian Tripp, an engineer with W.K. Dickson.<br /> Officers charge Ellis with burglary http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/officers-charge-ellis-burglary <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/timothy_ellis_mug_supp_color.jpg" alt="Timothy Andrew Ellis" title="Timothy Andrew Ellis" align="left" hspace="6" width="55" height="85" /><p> A local man is learning that stealing six beers, a bottle of cheap wine and six flash drives from a home has a steep price in the state of South Carolina.<br /> The Lancaster Police Department has charged Timothy Andrew Ellis, 25, 1757 Old Carter St., with first-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools after Ellis broke into a West Meeting Street home just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.<br /> It wasn&rsquo;t what officers found when Ellis came face to face with them that resulted in the most weighty charge; it was when he supposedly did it, the report said.<br /> No Santa Train this year http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/no-santa-train-year <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/2014_santa_train_supp_080315_color.jpg" alt="The Santa Train, a holiday tradition for many, will no longer herald the start of the Christmas season in Lancaster." title="The Santa Train, a holiday tradition for many, will no longer herald the start of the Christmas season in Lancaster." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> Rudolph has ridden the rails in Lancaster County for the last time.<br /> Teresa Meeks, director of support services for the city of Lancaster, told the municipality&rsquo;s council at its Tuesday, Aug. 25, meeting the Santa Train will no longer be pulling out of the L&amp;C Railway Depot on South Main Street each yuletide season.<br /> &ldquo;We just wanted you to know so you wouldn&rsquo;t be surprised,&rdquo; Meeks said.<br /> Meeks said there had been some worries over the annual holiday train ride for at least two years due to the change in ownership at the L&amp;C.<br /> Historic store in Van Wyck torn down http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/historic-store-van-wyck-torn-down <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0029color.jpg" alt="The former Massey Yoder General Store, last operated as T.E. Carroll’s Grocery Store, was demolished on Thursday, Aug. 20, in downtown Van Wyck." title="The former Massey Yoder General Store, last operated as T.E. Carroll’s Grocery Store, was demolished on Thursday, Aug. 20, in downtown Van Wyck." align="left" hspace="6" width="126" height="85" /><p> Bricks came falling down as the more than 100-year-old former Massey Yoder General Store was demolished on Thursday, Aug. 20, in downtown Van Wyck.<br /> The building, condemned for years, is now owned by Kyle Starnes. A crowd gathered to watch the demolition on Thursday afternoon with mixed emotions of nostalgia for times past and ease from fear that someone would get hurt by the dilapidated structure.<br /> Road improvements to begin http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/road-improvements-begin <p> Lancaster County Government announces that road improvements are anticipated to start in the upcoming weeks.<br /> They will begin shortly after bids are received from contractors on Wednesday, Sept. 2.<br /> The solicitation to receive bids from contractors was placed in the South Carolina Business Opportunities (SCBO) and on the Lancaster County website.<br /> The roads included in the solicitation of bids in the first phase include Southwinds Drive, Kohut Road,&nbsp; Arrowood Avenue, Shamrock Avenue, Carmel Road, Charles Avenue and Craig Avenue.<br /> Physicals cornerstone of healthy school year http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/physicals-cornerstone-healthy-school-year <p> There are many things that must be done before sending your child back to school. In addition to buying new clothes and stocking your child&rsquo;s backpack with the right supplies, make sure she or he has an annual physical and the proper immunizations to start the new school year on a healthy foundation.</p>