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  • Threat-alert system installed at USCL

    USC Lancaster has installed a system of high-powered sirens to alert the campus – and as far away as downtown Lancaster – when a public-safety emergency occurs.
    The sirens will sound during weather crises such as tornados or if an active shooter is on campus, sometimes followed by recorded messages with instructions to take shelter immediately or that a lockdown is in place.

  • Leaders unite in prayers for county

    About 60 community members, including civic leaders and elected officials, got up early Saturday morning for a designated time of prayer for Lancaster County.
    The second-annual Unity Prayer Breakfast was held at 7:30 a.m. at Mount Zion AME Zion Church in Lancaster.
    “It was early in the morning (Jesus) went to talk to his father,” said the Rev. Lemuel Washington of St. Paul AME Church. “What a blessing it is that we can talk to the same father.”

  • Legion chief visits IL post, notes growth, involvement

    While many veterans’ organizations around the country are facing declining membership and dwindling participation, American Legion Indian Land Post 250 is swelling its ranks.
    On Monday, the post was honored by a visit from National Commander Brett Reistad, in his mission to discover how successful posts increase and retain their membership.

  • 6-laning U.S. 521 ahead

    It’s rush hour in Indian Land, and as dusk falls, headlights flick on, stretching hundreds of yards at major intersections.
    With more subdivisions announced every month, the gridlock will get progressively worse, says Brian Carnes, one of the Panhandle’s county council representatives, and it’s time we talked about the inevitable consequence.
    U.S. 521 must become six lanes.

  • Powwow culture

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    USC Lancaster will celebrate the powwow culture of indigenous music, dance and drumming during its 14th-annual Native American Studies Week from March 15-21.
    “While music and dance have always been a part of Native American culture, powwows, as we think of them today, are relatively new in Native culture, dating back not much more than a century,” said Dr. Stephen Criswell, USCL’s director of Native American studies.

  • Fort Lawn couple toast 70 years together

    Brian Garner
    Landmark News Service
    When Robert Lynn peeked around the corner of the auditorium at the Fort Lawn Community Center this past week, he looked a little surprised. He was also a little off-balance, because his partner through 70 years of marriage was not at his side.

  • Thread Trail segment for Great Falls?

    Travis Jenkins
    Landmark News Service

    GREAT FALLS – Great Falls has pledged $15,000 and Chester County Council an additional $75,000 to help secure a 3.5-mile stretch of old CSX rail bed for a segment of the Carolina Thread Trail.
    At last month’s meeting, the Great Falls Town Council got an update on the project from Glinda Coleman, executive director of the Great Falls Hometown Association.
    She said the stretch of walkway could serve a dual purpose.

  • Lancaster saves money on sewer rehab project

    It’s rare for a project’s final price to cost less than its bid, but Lancaster City Council members graciously accepted the savings.
    The West Arch Street and Poovey Farm sewer rehabilitation project is the last of three major sewer basins the city had to repair to follow a federal Environmental Protection Agency consent order.

  • TV sportsman Hank Parker here for shooting tourney, evangelism

    Professional bass fisherman and TV host Hank Parker was in Lancaster this week visiting Nutramax Laboratories before the eighth-annual Hank Parker Celebrity Invitational Shoot, which was held at Meadow Wood Farms Thursday and Friday.
    Nutramax sponsored the event this year, which featured quail shoots, flurry and sporting clays competitions, and live and silent auctions to raise money for a number of faith-based charities and organizations.

  • Sindarius will fix up Barr Street gym, bring stars here

    Lancaster’s NBA star Sindarius Thornwell has scheduled some hometown hoops for this summer, and he’s bringing five other basketball big names with him.
    The Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard will host the second Kuntry Classics men’s basketball league at the Barr Street School gym, which he is planning to renovate for the event.
    Thornwell played for Lancaster High’s Bruins and in 2017 took the USC Gamecocks to the NCAA Final Four and was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.