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  • YouthBuild wins $787K federal grant

    YouthBuild Lancaster has received $787,621 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor.
    YouthBuild, a program of Communities in Schools Lancaster, is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth ages 16 to 24 complete high school or state equivalency degree programs.

  • Lunchtime bomb scare locks down N. Main St.

    Hours before the Red Rose Festival’s kickoff, a bomb scare scrambled Lancaster emergency responders and diverted lunchtime traffic downtown, triggering a three-car wreck on the edge of the cordoned-off area.
    Lancaster police and firefighters shut down North Main Street from Covenant Place to Woodland Drive – blocks filled with large churches and major financial institutions – while waiting for SLED’s bomb squad to arrive.

  • City aims for 1st new subdivision in 15 years

    It has been 15 years since a residential subdivision was built in the city of Lancaster, but city council this week moved to annex 60 acres for a proposed neighborhood of 175 single-family homes.
    NVR, the parent company of Ryan Homes, has signed a contract to purchase the acreage with a contingency that the property be annexed by the city.

  • Annual EMS bike ride starts in Lancaster
  • County might cut auditor’s budget

    For the second time since she took office in 2017, county Auditor Susan Hunter Wallace is seriously butting heads with Lancaster County Council members, and this time they’re talking about cutting her budget because of it.
    The auditor’s office has stopped calculating a certain type of tax incentive used to lure new employers. The incentives are called special source revenue credits (SSRC), and they’re used to help offset companies’ cost of equipment, machinery and infrastructure.

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  • Red Rose Festival this weekend in Lancaster

    The Red Rose Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary May 17-18 with a weekend of family fun in the Cultural Arts District of Lancaster. The free two-day music festival also features children’s rides and activities, arts and crafts, vendors, a photo contest, pageant, dog show, car show and more. 
    The festival is 6-10:30 p.m. Friday, starting with the photo contest winners announcement at 6 p.m., and Rosie the Rabbit’s 10th birthday at 6:30 p.m. The pageant is at 7 p.m., followed by local favorite Whits End.  

  • Leadership Lancaster gets hands-on experience

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce is wrapping up another year of Leadership Lancaster.
    Started in the late 1980s, the seven-month program offers an opportunity to learn more about the community in areas of history, education, leadership, health care, business and economic development, social service, government and law enforcement. It is open to Lancaster County residents and members of the business community.

  • County council votes for $98.7M budget

    The average taxpayer will see about a $28 increase on the county portion of their tax bills for fiscal 2019-20, under the $98.7 million budget that Lancaster County Council passed unanimously on first reading Monday night.
    The proposed budget, which requires three readings, is $4.7 million higher than the current budget.  
    The value of a tax mill is $349,838, and the budget was originally built with a 3.3-mill increase in the general fund (87.5 mills). But the amended version passed by council could climb as high as 4.5 mills once all the numbers are in.

  • Church floor collapses on Market Street

    A building in downtown Lancaster may be condemned after a large portion of its floor collapsed after this weekend’s torrential storm.
    Owned by Gary McWhirter, the building at 117 S. Market St. once housed the town’s Chevrolet dealership. Currently, it’s rented for worship services by two churches, Living Word Church and In His Presence.