• Leadership Lancaster gets hands-on experience

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is wrapping up another year of Leadership Lancaster.
    Started in the late 1980s, the seven-month program offers an opportunity to learn more about the community in areas of history, education, leadership, health care, business and economic development, social service, government and law enforcement. It is open to Lancaster County residents and members of the business community.

  • County council votes for $98.7M budget

    The average taxpayer will see about a $28 increase on the county portion of their tax bills for fiscal 2019-20, under the $98.7 million budget that Lancaster County Council passed unanimously on first reading Monday night.
    The proposed budget, which requires three readings, is $4.7 million higher than the current budget.  
    The value of a tax mill is $349,838, and the budget was originally built with a 3.3-mill increase in the general fund (87.5 mills). But the amended version passed by council could climb as high as 4.5 mills once all the numbers are in.

  • Church floor collapses on Market Street

    A building in downtown Lancaster may be condemned after a large portion of its floor collapsed after this weekend’s torrential storm.
    Owned by Gary McWhirter, the building at 117 S. Market St. once housed the town’s Chevrolet dealership. Currently, it’s rented for worship services by two churches, Living Word Church and In His Presence.

  • Deluge floods apartments, damages roads

    Raging thunderstorms dumped 4 inches of rain on Lancaster County in five hours Saturday night, flooding apartments, stranding motorists and shutting down roads.
    No one was injured in the storm, but county Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said about half a dozen people had to be rescued from floodwaters at Dalton Ridge Apartments off Monroe Highway in Lancaster.
    It was raining hard at 9:30 p.m. when Mary Ann Davis got home to Dalton Ridge. She went inside, phoned her sister and was watching TV when she heard the sound of water running.

  • Paws on Parade brings art to our public spaces

    Fiberglass dog sculptures will be popping up across Lancaster County through early June.
    Paws on Parade, a public art exhibit sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, features 10 dog sculptures designed and painted by local artists.
    Arts council Executive Director Debbie Jaillette said the project was mostly funded through a Lancaster County accommodations tax grant to promote tourism.

  • County adds vaping to smoking ban

    The county’s smoking ordinance will be updated to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places where traditional smoking was already banned.    
    “We didn’t have this [vaping] when we put together the smoking ordinance,” said Lancaster County Council member Larry Honeycutt.
    County council unanimously passed the first of three required readings April 29 that adds vaping to the smoking ban.   
    “I’m glad…. You hear so much about it,” said council member Charlene McGriff.

  • Hacker sent fake city-official e-mails

    Wednesday morning, a hacker used several Lancaster City Council members’ e-mail accounts to send out fake and potentially harmful e-mails.
    Jarvis Driggers, the city’s information technology director, said he received notification around 7 a.m. of activity outside the United States regarding the e-mail addresses.

  • Lancaster knife-maker competes on TV series

    Lancaster bladesmith Curtis Shock recently made his national debut on the History Channel’s reality series “Forged in Fire.”
    The TV series pits four bladesmiths in a three-round elimination competition to forge bladed weapons, and the winner takes home $10,000.
    A fan of the show, Shock noticed a “Forged in Fire” stand at the Atlanta Blade Show he attends every year.

  • Suspicious fire at Springdale house

    An unoccupied home in the 1600 block of Springdale Road was damaged Tuesday evening by a suspicious fire.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said volunteer firefighters from three stations – Gooches Crossroads, Elgin and McDonald Green – responded to the scene at 7:25 p.m. after someone reported smoke coming from the front of the house.

  • Opposition torpedoes Van Wyck business plans

    After a heated public hearing Monday, developer Karen Andrade abandoned plans to create a small business hub in the heart of Van Wyck – a project fiercely opposed by some members of the community. Three local residents voiced their objections to the Van Wyck Planning Commission at the meeting, and were received with applause by many town members gathered to hear the outcome of the contentious rezoning proposal.