• Targeting ‘rampant’ vaping by students

    The Lancaster County School District started random metal-detector scans this year to target weapons, but the contraband turning up most is e-cigarettes.
    “We’ve had about 51 instances since the beginning of school,” said LCSD Safety Director Bryan Vaughn. “Vaporizers are rampant in schools.”
    Vaporizers, or electronic cigarettes, have become common in the last decade, marketed as a way to help smokers kick the habit.

  • Our own Secret Santa

    Occasionally, around Christmastime, a little ad appears in The Lancaster News.
    “If you are experiencing severe economic hardship this Christmas season and have been reluctant to accept charity, I would like to help,” it reads. “The maker of this offer, a Lancaster native who shall remain anonymous, would be glad to assist some families so that they may have a joyful Christmas.”
    Send a letter explaining your circumstances to a certain P.O. box, the ad says, and “aid will promptly be sent to those selected.”

  • Switch coming on county garbage costs?

    Lancaster County’s garbage-disposal costs are soaring as the Panhandle’s population skyrockets, and officials are considering a new payment system to shift more of those costs to the people producing the trash.
    “We’re seeing so much coming in that it’s overwhelming,” said Jeff Catoe, the county’s public works director.
    There’s even more pressure on the county now because changes in the marketplace have ended almost all recycling, adding to the tonnage going into landfills.

  • 23 arrested in 4-month undercover drug operation


    Staff report

  • Holiday-travel period starts with rain, wind

    If you’re hitting the road for the holidays today, you might want to pack some rain gear along with your overcoat and gloves.
    The National Weather Service is calling for 1 to 2 inches of rain across the state Thursday night and today, with possible 30-mph wind gusts. Temperatures will be moderate, with a high of 58 and a low of 36.
    “Heavy rains Thursday and Friday onto an already saturated ground, along with winds, could cause issues with falling trees and possible power outages,” said Darren Player, Lancaster County emergency management director.

  • Kershaw Golf Course budget hurt by constant bad weather

    KERSHAW – All these rainy, cold weekends are wreaking havoc on the bottom line at the town-owned Kershaw Golf Course and Country Club.
    Last month, revenue from green fees – the amount that golfers pay to play – totaled just $3,200. The town had expected about $10,000, said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.

  • Drive-thru Nativity at the old post office

    The Klein family had a big to-do list for this weekend’s live, multi-stage Nativity scene in downtown Lancaster.
    Costumes? Check. Manger? Check. Sheep? Check. Donkeys? Check.
    Camels? Uuuugh, wait a minute.
    Alpacas! We have alpacas!
    “Alpacas are in the Camelid family of animals – so they just work perfectly for our Nativity scene,” said Tracey Klein, who with husband John owns the nonprofit Simple Faith Ranch off New Hope Road south of Lancaster.

  • Huddle up with IL’s FCA

    Denyse Clark
    For The Lancaster News
    The Indian Land community now has an official Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter. 
    Pastor Michael Davis, Indian Land FCA staff member and a special education teacher at Indian Land Elementary School, said the FCA gets students together to develop leadership skills and also help them to go out and get disciples for Christ.
    Despite its name, the organization is not just limited to student athletes. All students are welcome to join the group.

  • Kerosene-heater fire severely injures man

    A man was severely injured Tuesday morning in a small house fire on West Gay Street.
    Lancaster Fire Chief Justin McLellan said he doesn’t know if the man lived in the house, but he had been using a kerosene heater that caught fire.
    Both Lancaster Fire Department stations and members of Lancaster County Fire Rescue responded to the small blaze.
    The man was found near the back of the house and was transported by EMS before being flown to the Wake Forest Baptist Health Burn Center for his injuries, McLellan said.

  • Cement in drain causes problem at old mill site

    KERSHAW – Town officials now know why portions the old Springs Industries property on the northern outskirts of town is covered in a layer of standing, often stagnant water.
    A 4-inch underground pipe on the 9.1-acre tract that allows water to flow into the town’s stormwater drainage system has been cemented shut.
    “There’s no way to tell who did it, or when, why or how it was done. I can tell you we found it and the pipe is full of rags and cement,” said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.