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  • Kayla Cook’s trial begins in toddler’s beating death

    Kayla Cook’s trial in the beating death of 3-year-old Lilly Schroeder started Monday, with the defense telling jurors that Cook is not the only suspect in the case.
    Cook was charged with homicide by child abuse in December 2018 after Lilly’s death.
    During opening statements Monday, prosecutor Melissa McGinnis called the toddler’s death a traumatic beating that left bruises all over her body. She said Cook was the only adult present.

  • 3 towns’ voters will try out new voting machines in fall elections

    A select group of voters in Heath Springs, Kershaw and Van Wyck will get to use the state’s new paper-based ballot machines this fall for their municipal elections.
    “They should be picking up the old equipment, with us getting the new around Aug. 28,” said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.

  • Buddies wounded in Vietnam get standing ovation from vets

    It makes sense that the local Purple Heart Initiative and the “Thursday Talkers” recognized Vietnam War veterans Wayne Eubanks and Robert Jones at the same time this week.
    They grew up as friends on Lancaster’s mill hill, with their homes separated by an alley that ran between 14th and 15th streets near Brooklyn Avenue. Not only that, they enlisted in the Marines together.

  • TV host saves wolf-dog from euthanasia at shelter

    An Animal Planet TV crew swooped into Lancaster last weekend and saved a wolf-dog that was likely to be euthanized after being stranded at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter for six weeks.
    It is illegal to own a wolf-hybrid in Lancaster County, so Gunner’s time at the shelter was ticking down rapidly. He couldn’t be adopted out, and no rescues around the country were responding to the shelter’s requests for his removal.

  • Hemp law is causing confusion at stores

    Local hemp and CBD users were puzzled and concerned this week, while some vendors have pulled hemp merchandise from their shelves due to uncertainty regarding the legality of their products.
    On Wednesday, Sheriff Barry Faile released a letter clarifying the position of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office on the sale of hemp in the county, stating that law enforcement would immediately begin enforcing the provisions of the S.C. Hemp Farming Act against those selling hemp without a license.

  • Up close and fun!

    About 250 Lancaster County kids celebrated summer’s grand finale during a career-day event at Springdale Recreation Center Friday.
    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department offers a summer camp each year at the county’s four recreation centers. On Fridays, kids from across the county come together for field trips such as skating, swimming, bowling and going to see movies.
    But not all of the families can afford the added expense.

  • Spring Hill team repairs homes in Kentucky

    Bailey Milhorn
    For The Lancaster News

    Spring Hill Baptist Church of Lancaster partnered with Appalachia Service Project last month to work on residential construction projects in Eastern Kentucky.
    ASP is a Christian ministry that has been in operation since 1969 and brings thousands of volunteers across the nation to rural central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families with the goal of making residences warmer, safer and drier.

  • Grateful accolades for Margie Crockett

    Last Saturday, 70 family members and friends gathered to celebrate the 96th birthday of my aunt Margie Ree Massey Crockett.
    She has always been a role model to me and her other relatives, a blessing to her church and her community, and an inspiration to generations of her home county’s preschoolers.
    “This is bigger than a birthday party,” her son Cary Crockett said Saturday. “This is a reunion of family, friends and love!”

  • HVAC malfunction smokes up classroom at Harrisburg school

    A smoking HVAC system put a damper on back-to-school preparations Monday morning at Harrisburg Elementary School.
    Shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, firefighters responded to the school, to find a classroom filled with smoke.
    The classroom was quickly ventilated, with minimal damage, Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said.

  • For longtime speedway owner, it was about more than racing

    FORT LAWN – Herbert Murray loved dirt racing so much that he bought his own racetrack.
    The Fort Lawn resident, who owned Lancaster Motor Speedway from 1986 to 2002, died Sunday at his home after a bout with cancer. He was 80.
    “Herbert is the best friend that I ever had,” said Sherrill Haney. “He called me to come see him last Tuesday. We talked for a long time, and for about 15 minutes, we just held hands as he cried. Leaving that day was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.”