• SMH moves to ‘plain language’ intercom alerts

    When you’re at Springs Memorial Hospital, you often hear color-coded alerts over the intercom.
    If you’re not an employee, you probably don’t know that a “code red” means there’s a fire or that “code grey” means an active shooter is in the building.
    That will change Monday, when Springs Memorial Hospital switches from its 14-color code system to “Emergency Code Plain Language.” Codes will be read over the intercom in plain English, explaining the alert.

  • LACH poverty simulator opens participants’ eyes

    Amanda Harris
    For The Lancaster News

    The Epperman family lost its house to foreclosure and neither they nor their neighbors ate for a week.
    These situations were just a simulated taste of what people living in poverty experience daily. Sponsored by the United Way of Lancaster County’s Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless, or LACH, a poverty simulator put residents in the shoes of struggling families as part of national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

  • Tina Plyler wins award from probation agency

    From release

    Tina Plyler of Lancaster has been named Administrative Support Staff Employee of the Year by the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
    Plyler is a field office specialist in the agency’s Lancaster County office. She is a graduate of Lancaster High School and a four-year employee of the agency.

  • Christmas basket up to $3,630

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket has received 17 more donations this week, bringing the total to $3,630.
    This year’s goal is $10,000.
    “The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket fund is a longstanding tradition in the Lancaster community,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director for HOPE of Lancaster. “I am confident that the community will help us toward our goal and help us keep this tradition alive.”
    The money raised will be used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.

  • Licko’s ‘A Celtic Christmas’ back in Lancaster Thursday

    Nita Brown
    For The Lancaster News
    Celebrating its sixth year of sold-out concerts in the Carolinas, The Jennifer Licko Band’s “A Celtic Christmas” returns to Lancaster with a new Christmas album release.

  • Free theater showing of a Christmas classic

    With two weeks until Christmas, maybe you need a break from the shopping, the decorating, the pre-holiday bustle.
    Tuesday night, treat yourself and those you love to a Christmas film classic the way it was seen on the big screen in 1947. At 6 p.m., Crown Cinema and Agape Hospice will show “Miracle on 42nd Street.” The movie is free, and popcorn and a drink cost just $3. Crown Cinema is at 1041 W. Meeting St. in Lancaster.

  • Fancy Pokket faces another delay, won’t open on time

    Delay-plagued Fancy Pokket has hit another snag, stalling its production startup at least until the end of March.
    The gluten-free bakery, located in Lancaster’s Air and Rail Industrial Park near the county airport, announced in late October that it would start hiring in November and begin production by the new year. That announcement was made just after meeting the county’s Oct. 31 deadline to obtain a certificate of occupancy and avoid paying the county a $274,000 penalty following four years of delays.

  • Carter: Tough, street-smart, compassionate cop

    When he thinks about his friend Harlean Carter, Bobby Bailey remembers driving up on a murder scene a decade or so back.
    A sobbing woman stood in the yard, behind the police tape, grieving the loss of a loved one. Cops were rushing about, gathering evidence and keeping bystanders away.
    Carter stood with the woman, arms wrapped around her, absorbing her tears.

  • Chief Carter joins solicitor’s office

    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Carter isn’t leaving law enforcement after all.
    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman announced just before press time Friday that as Carter retires from the city Monday, she will begin work as an investigator with the solicitor’s office.
    “With over 35 years of law enforcement experience, Chief Carter has been an asset to this community, and she will certainly be an asset to this office,” Newman said. “We are very fortunate to have Chief Carter on board.”

  • Sheriff Faile joins state panel overseeing law officer training

    From release

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile is one of two sheriffs in the state appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to the S.C. Law Enforcement Training Council, where he will help formulate training procedures and policies for the state.