• Back to the books

    Summer vacation is officially over for students in Lancaster County as they headed back to class Monday, Aug. 19, for the 2013-14 school year. That means lines – traffic, hallway and cafeteria – will be a daily occurence through May 29, 2014. Here is a brief glimpse at what went on at several school campuses in the county on the first day of school. 

  • Billboards promote DUI initiative

    Local motorists may do a double take now that a few recognizable faces have become part of a new DUI-prevention billboard campaign.

  • Suspicious fire destroys vacant home in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – The blackened roof of a vacant home poked through a canopy of trees, vines and underbrush hours after a fire tore through the building Saturday, Aug. 17.

  • Morrison visits TLN office Tuesday

    Aaron Morrison is back to smiling, telling jokes and sharing heartfelt sentiments. 

  • Pedestrians struck in separate incidents

    An 11-year-old girl was injured after she was clipped by a car along Pardue Street on Aug. 11, one of two recent cases of pedestrians struck by cars in the same neighborhood.

    Officers responded at 7:23 p.m. to the 1800 block of Pardue Street and spoke with the child and her mother, a 33-year-old Lancaster woman, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    “(The victim) stated she was walking on the sidewalk in the 2000 block of Pardue Street when she was struck by a black car,” an officer wrote in the report.

  • Sixth-graders, freshmen acclimate with orientation

    New schools, new rules, new expectations; top of the food chain one year, small fry the next; no idea where to go, how to act, what to expect.

    Sixth- and ninth-graders have a lot more in common than you’d think on the first day of school.

    That’s why hundreds of Lancaster County students in those grades have something else in common: orientation day.

  • City to address sewer overflow

    Many city of Lancaster sewer customers will one day benefit directly from ongoing efforts to assess wastewater overflow issues.

    Following a closed session during its Tuesday, Aug. 13, meeting, City Council voted unanimously to use $70,800 in city money for an assessment of the sewer system near the Northside pump station. Affected areas include Kings Circle, Old Greenbriar Drive and West Arch Street.

    This action stems from ongoing talks with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which mandated the study.

  • Council sets price for old Springs store

    Another door is now open for interested industries to move to Lancaster County, as county officials recently set a formal asking price for the county’s former Springs store/former temporary courthouse.

    At its Monday, Aug. 12 meeting, Lancaster County Council unanimously approved a base asking price of $965,000 for the building, at 3888 Chester Highway (S.C. 9) near the Chester County line, while also allowing for future negotiation of the price if a company ever showed interest in the property. 

  • 20-year sentence

    A teenager, who changed his plea to guilty during his armed robbery trial this week, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. 

    Joshua Xazier Wilks, 18, pleaded guilty to the charge on Tuesday, Aug. 13, during the second day of his trial, according to a press release from Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

    Barfield said a jury was selected in Wilks’ case Monday morning and testimony began that afternoon related to a Jan. 16, 2012, armed robbery of a man at a bank ATM.

  • $750K price tag City to upgrade 911 system

    The city of Lancaster has made a significant move toward the upgrade of its E-911 system. 

    Following a closed session during City Council’s meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13, council voted unanimously to enter into a contract with New World Systems. 

    That company, which provides government and public-safety software, will supply the city with a new 911 CAD (computer-aided dispatch) system as well as a new records-management system.