• The Lancaster News looks back at top stories of year

    Each year, The Lancaster News staff tries to take the events of the past 12 months, catalog them and determine what we, as a newspaper, consider the most important.

    The news staff has selected, in our view, the top 10 stories of 2007, along with 10 other significant stories we covered this year.

    In some cases, these news events have impacted or will impact a large number of county citizens; others were chosen because they attracted the public's attention and held it. Still other stories changed our way of life forever.

    Here's our list:


  • Man shot in stomach in Lancaster

    Lancaster police are still looking to make an arrest in a Dec. 21 incident in which a Lancaster man was shot in the stomach.

    Police responded to a call to a shooting around 9 p.m and found the man on the ground behind an abandoned home on Hazel Street.

    A witness told police that he heard shots fired and saw a man running and screaming that he had been shot, according to an incident report.

    Other witnesses said they heard about 10 shots and saw both the victim and another man shooting at each other, the report said.

  • Bowles featured speaker at annual chamber meeting

    The 52nd annual meeting of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 10 will feature keynote speaker Crandall Bowles, former chief executive officer of Springs Global, U.S.

    The event will be held at the Fairway Room at the Lancaster Golf Club. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception preceding the dinner meeting.

    Bowles now serves as chairwoman of Springs Industries Inc. and Springs Window Fashions. She retired from Springs Global earlier this year.

  • Eastside recognizes 4 students

    The songs belted out by the Salem AME Zion youth choir complemented the occasion well.

    As they sang "Get Ready for Your Miracles" and "God's Got a Blessing with Your Name On It," four teenagers waited to receive certificates while reflecting on the strides they made over the last several months.

    Eastside Academy, Lancaster County School District's alternative school, held its transition/graduation ceremony Dec. 17 at the multipurpose room of the Barr Street campus.

  • Residents donate nearly $10,000 to basket fund

    With the generosity of individuals and local groups, the Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket Fund brought in nearly $10,000 during this year's drive.

    This annual fund, which just finished its 48th running, takes donations to give local families assistance with food during the holiday season.

    Recipients are given $25 food vouches that can be used at local grocery stores. As of Thursday afternoon, this year's grand total was $9,254.

  • 16 year old girl accused of trying to run over local deputies


  • Civic activist dies

    Longtime civic activist Rita King Johnson died at her home on Christmas Day.

    Johnson, who was battling cancer, was 58.

    Johnson worked in the banking industry here for more than 37 years. She began her career in the proofing department at the Bank of Lancaster, a bottom-rung position. She climbed the ranks during the bank's four mergers and retired in 2006 as market president of Wachovia Bank.

    Johnson also leaves her mark in the community.

  • New system to address court backlog

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield took advantage of his time before local business leaders Dec. 20 to tell them about his office's work and its significance to commerce in this area.

    Barfield told those at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce's Third Thursday meeting at Lancaster City Hall about a new system the office will use to deal with the county's case backlog, after acknowledging that the county has a substantial backlog of cases for all kinds of criminal charges, both new and old.

    "We do have a backlog. There's no doubt about it," Barfield said.

  • Officers: Man, 25, shot grandmother

    An argument between relatives turned violent Wednesday night at a home in the Tradesville community, sheriff's office officials say.

    Brandon Wayne Aldridge, 25, of 2403 Ben Massey Road, has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill after Lancaster County sheriff's deputies say he shot his grandmother in the head inside the home.

    Barbara Scheithauer, 64, who also lives at that Ben Massey Road address, was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. She was listed in serious condition late Thursday afternoon.

  • 4 churches agree to participate in homeless shelter network

    Just two months into organization, volunteers wanting to start a network of homeless shelters at local churches are seeing concrete results from their work.

    Four host churches have now agreed to participate in the Interfaith Hospitality Network's shelters for qualifying homeless families. A month ago, one church had agreed to participate.

    Host churches agree to donate facilities to shelter families a week at a time.