• Crossing changes ahead

    Hopefully, by summer, motorists in the south end of town won’t have to wait quite as long on the train.
    The L&C Railway is upgrading the South Main Street rail crossing to address safety concerns and improve the line of sight for motorists to allow its trains to travel at higher speeds.
    “That’s what the whole project is about,” said L&C Railroad consultant Steve Gedney.
    Gedney updated the Lancaster County Transportation Committee (CTC) at its Dec. 11 meeting on the status of the $865,000 project.

  • County recycling cutback starts Jan. 21

    For years, Lancaster County residents have been encouraged to separate recyclable materials – glass, plastics, metals, cardboard and newsprint – from their household garbage.
    But starting Jan. 21, some of that is going to change.
    Thanks to what’s being dubbed the “Great Recycling Crisis,” local residents no longer will be asked to separate glass and plastics from their trash. There will no longer be bins for plastics and glass at the county’s 12 convenience sites.

  • E-mail fraud targets IL firm

    An Indian Land company was the victim of a cyber crime last month, costing it more than $13,600.
    Christian Kropac Jr., president of PCI Group Inc., said the communications and security company was the target of a “spear-phishing” attack, in which the culprit sends a fraudulent e-mail that appears to come from a trusted source, to trick the recipient into divulging valuable information.
    Kropac emphasized that the criminal did not hack into the company’s computer system or have access to any customer information.

  • Holiday hot dogs at animal shelter

    Tails wagged in the dog runs and purrs echoed in the cat house Monday as the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hosted a Christmas Eve party for the county animal shelter.
    Volunteers grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for the dogs and dished out cans of tuna for the cats while the LSPCA and shelter employees handed out blankets and toys.
    “I think all of these animals were hoping they’d find home,” LSPCA Director Diana Knight said. “They never wanted to end up in a shelter, so they deserve a little Christmas too.”

  • Feeding 700 on Christmas Eve, Omegas keep tradition going

    Members of the local Omega Psi Phi alumni chapter don’t wrap their community Christmas present in yuletide shades of red and green.
    Instead, their gift – the annual community-wide Christmas turkey dinner with all the trimmings – is folded in fraternity colors of purple and yellow.
    The annual lunch at A.R. Rucker Middle School has become a local holiday happening where nobody needs an invitation and everyone is welcome. This year’s event on Monday drew nearly 700 people.

  • 24 arrested, 17 sought in drug probe

    After four months of undercover work, 24 people were arrested last week on drug charges by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office during an operation that culminated Thursday.
    Undercover drug transactions occurred from June through October, resulting in 86 arrest warrants for 40 people, the sheriff’s office said Friday night in a press release. The son of one of the suspects was arrested when found to be in possession of heroin during his father’s arrest.

  • Senior centers facing big cuts

    Facing budget cuts and flagging attendance, the Lancaster County Council on Aging has reduced hours again at its senior centers in Kershaw and Heath Springs, and the programs might face eventual elimination.
    Sally Sherrin, the nonprofit agency’s executive director, said she’s unhappy about the cutbacks. The Heath Springs center will now open just two days a week, and at Kershaw only one.

  • Shoe-leather policing

    Lancaster police officers made sure this holiday season was extra safe for shoppers as they took to the streets, walking nearly 7 miles each day.
    Officers Joe Burns and Andrea Cortes walked downtown Lancaster every day after dark from Nov. 25 through Christmas, with Officers Mike Wysowski and Melody Quinton walking in another area of town.
    The four of them, all relatively new to the department, covered stores on Main Street, in Lancers Center and Lancaster Square and some along the bypass and the area around USC Lancaster.

  • A Christmas short story: Tale of the makeshift manger

    Editor’s note: Newpapers seldom publish fiction writing, but today is different. The writer of this short story is a retired USC Lancaster psychology professor and a frequent contributor to our opinion page. We loved it, and hope you will too. Take a quiet moment on Christmas Eve and read it aloud to your family.

    By Dianne T. Evans

  • Holiday décor galore

    Dianne and Donnie Sims have spent the last 35 Christmases spreading cheer to their neighbors and passersby on Mobley Street in Heath Springs.
    The couple, who recently celebrated their 47th anniversary, cover their home and yard in eccentric Christmas decorations each December. The décor includes decked-out trees, a life-sized Santa, stockings on an outdoor fireplace mantle and ice skates hanging near the door in case of a frozen Christmas.