• 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.

  • 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.

  • Soldier from Fort Lawn dies in wreck in El Paso, Texas

    FORT LAWN - A soldier from Fort Lawn who was injured in Iraq earlier this year died early Saturday in a car accident in Texas, a newspaper there is reporting.

    U.S. Army Spc. Charles "Charlie" Messer, 20, died when his car rolled in northeast El Paso near where he was stationed. Messer would have boarded a plane that same day to go home for the holidays, according to the El Paso Times.

    Messer was driving a 2007 Honda Accord east on Loop 375 when he lost control, struck a metal guardrail and rolled about 1:45 a.m., the newspaper reported.

  • Deployed troops create Christmas cheer

  • Pleasant Valley FD gets paid day-timer

    INDIAN LAND - Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Blackwelder answered two calls on Dec. 18.

    The calls were a little different than usual, as Blackwelder, who has been chief of the department since 1973, took them as a full-time, paid firefighter.

  • Local fraternity warms hearts and body with annual meal

    Seeing smiles on people's faces after they receive a free lunch is like receiving a Christmas gift to the brothers of Omega Psi Phi.

    Since 1973, brothers of the national service fraternity have reserved a day each Christmas season to serve lunch to the community - especially seniors and public workers.

    That tradition continued Friday when the local chapter served a hot lunch at the A.R. Rucker Middle School cafeteria.

    Visitors enjoyed turkey and dressing, rice and gravy, green beans, corn, yams, cranberry sauce and rolls. Homemade desserts were plentiful.

  • Hospital names new CEO

    Springs Memorial Hospital will have a new chief executive office starting Jan. 3.

    Tom McDougal, who has more than 14 years of health-care management experience, has been named to the post. Most recently, McDougal served as CEO at Parkway Medical Center in Decatur, Ala., for five years.

    While there, McDougal founded the first accredited chest pain center in Alabama and brought orthopedic, bariatric and plastic surgery services to the hospital. He also established a sleep disorder center and brought in advanced technologies, such as the first 64 Slice CT in Morgan County.

  • Lynwood Auto Parts, others help make Angel Tree drive a success

    Lynwood Auto Parts saw a way to help out a local charity this Christmas season and took advantage of it.

    The business wound down its 2007 toy collection Friday for Lancaster County Christian Services, which has an Angel Tree program for needy children in the area each year. The business was pleased with the success of its collection effort this season.

    "We've taken about three or four loads over there," manager Tim Hinson said, referring to the collection point at the Church of Lancaster on Craig Farm Road.

  • Numbers show a slowdown in home building

    Retirees from Northern states and young professionals have been fueling the Charlotte home market in recent years, but the greater Charlotte area, including Lancaster County, is in the same boat with the rest of the country and slowing new home development rates.