• From four lanes to three

    Lancaster Police Department Chief Scott Grant has a two-word tip for motorists frustrated by the recent lane pattern changes along the North Main Street corridor — be nice.
    “Change can be a hard thing to swallow until everybody gets used to it, so there are going to be some growing pains,” Grant said. “The best is advice is to be a more courteous driver, especially at the intersections.”

  • 4-H summer camps offer hands-on fun

    Haley Vincent
    Lancaster 4H intern

    School is almost out, and summer is almost here. When planning your summer, check out all of the opportunities that Lancaster County 4-H has to offer.
    Once again, Lancaster County and Chester County 4-H are partnering to create fun-filled camps. In total, we have 14 camps for youth ages 5 to 17 to choose from, with a few highlighted below. For specific age limits for each camp, see the event webpage below.

  • Blast off!

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Calling all space explorers! The Lancaster County Library system is launching its space-themed Universe of Stories summer reading program.
    Readers from infants to adults can register and complete reading requirements to win prizes. Patrons can either register online or at the Lancaster, Del Webb or Kershaw branch circulation desks.

  • County: Private garbage haulers to pay more

    Steve Harper is convinced that private residential garbage haulers from neighboring counties are slipping trash into Lancaster County to duck disposal fees elsewhere.
    “There’s no doubt in my mind that it happens every day,” said the Lancaster County Council chairman, noting that the practice, along with Panhandle growth, has the county’s solid-waste disposal costs soaring.
    County leaders started looking at the issue late last year after the county’s garbage-disposal expenses spiked.

  • HS council votes for 14% budget increase

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town council passed first reading of a $398,550 budget on May 21 for fiscal 2019-20, a 14 percent increase over the current year.
    The budget includes $247,700 for administration, $9,800 for fire department training, supplies and expenses, $137,400 for sanitation and streets, and $3,600 for depot expenses and maintenance.
    Second reading is set for next month, with the budget taking effect on July 1.
    The biggest single increase is $13,000 in salaries and bonuses for employees.   

  • ‘On this day, show gratitude’

    On a hot, humid Sunday afternoon, a small crowd gathered at Lancaster Memorial Park for the city’s annual Memorial Day program.
    It was a somber moment as Lancaster County Veterans Affairs Director Robin Ghent and Deputy Veterans Affairs Officer Beth Raffaldt read aloud the names of the 124 Lancaster County veterans who died within the last year.

  • Gilbert wins national recognition

    Jamie Gilbert, the county’s economic development director, took a bow at Tuesday night’s county council meeting after he was named one of the Top 50 professionals in his field nationwide.
    Site-consultant agency Consultant Connect named Gilbert one of the best in the country for 2019. The agency links economic developers with site consultants and other stakeholders to find locations for industrial clients.

  • $10 million scratch-off lottery win for IL man

    An ordinary lunch break became extraordinary when Indian Land resident James Belich won $10 million playing the N.C. Education Lottery’s Supreme Riches Scratch-off.
    “You never expect it,” Belich said, according to a lottery press release. “You think maybe you’ll win something, but not $10 million. It’s unbelievable.”

  • Woman’s body found behind Rich Hill home

    The death of a woman whose body was found outside a vacant Rich Hill home Tuesday afternoon is being treated as a homicide.
    Sheriff’s deputies responded to the property in the 3800 block of Spirit Road a little before 3 p.m., where they found the body near steps leading to the deck at the back of house, according to a Lancaster County Sherriff’s Office release.
    She has been tentatively identified, but the sheriff’s office had not released her name at press time Tuesday.

  • City salaries drastically low, study shows

    If Lancaster City Council implements the recommendations of a new employee-compensation study, nearly all city employees will see a pay increase over the next three years.
    Evergreen Solutions, based in Tallahassee, Fla., conducted the study and presented its findings at a special council meeting May 21.
    The study showed that the city is about 30 percent behind its peers at the minimum end of the pay range, 24 percent behind at the pay range midpoint and about 20 percent behind at the maximum end of the range.