• HSE’s 1st student leaders drop in at Heath Springs council meeting

    HEATH SPRINGS – Kaibre Silvers left town hall Tuesday night knowing how a real meeting is supposed to be conducted.
    The 10-year-old president of the Heath Springs Elementary School Student Council doesn’t know all the ins and outs of Robert’s Rules of Order just yet, but she has plenty of time to learn.
    “I think it was a good meeting and a good learning experience for us,” the fifth-grader said.
    Kaibre and her seven fellow student council members are the school’s first-ever student government.

  • DeVenny, Garris stress community roots, commitment to public service

    Lancaster’s season of rapid-fire mayoral elections is almost over, with Mayor Alston DeVenny and Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris competing Nov. 6 for the second time in four months.
    DeVenny defeated Garris and three other candidates July 10 in the special election to replace the late Mayor John Howard. The seat was up for election this year in November, but the vacancy happened early enough – in April – that a special election had to be held.

  • Tax incentives for solar farms although they bring no jobs?

    Up to now, Lancaster County officials have used tax incentives to lure companies only when the companies were bringing lots of jobs here.
    That might be changing soon.
    Solar farms, which use local land but employ no local people, are eying the county and asking officials for the same kind of fee-in-lieu-of-tax (FILOT) arrangements that for years have allowed big employers to lower their property tax bills.
    County council is set to discuss the complex issue at Monday’s meeting and is approaching the subject cautiously.

  • Experienced candidates vie for probate judge

    Two candidates with experience working in Lancaster County Probate Court are competing for the probate judge’s seat in the Nov. 6 election.
    Democrat Crystal B. Johnson, a customer service representative for Springs Global, is running against Republican Dee Studebaker, Lancaster County’s associate probate judge.

  • $20M plant with 200 jobs likely coming to Lancaster

    Officials won’t comment on the specifics, but it looks as if Lancaster County has landed a $20 million investment that will create 200 news jobs in the next five years, including 130 jobs paying more than $15 an hour.
    “An announcement will be made Wednesday, Oct. 29,” said county Economic Development Director Jamie Gilbert.
    County council Chairman Steve Harper was just as vague when asked specifics about the announcement.
    “I can’t discuss it at this point,” Harper said.

  • Gloves, sweat and cheers

    It’s an intense, focused evening upstairs at Tumble-N-Roll, a cheer gym in downtown Lancaster.
    Sweat rolls down the faces of four youngsters, ages 8 to 16. Gloved fists jab at punching bags, and the boys run quick bob-and-weave drills along a rope stretched across the room.
    “It’s just fun,” said 8-year-old JaMar Vius, who hasn’t yet grasped the intended limits of his new training. “We get to lift weights, and you can just knock somebody out.”

  • Sickle Cell Festival this Saturday at fairgrounds

    The third-annual Sickle Cell Festival is coming to Lancaster this Saturday, with artistic performances, food vendors, children’s games and activities, a fashion show and health screenings.
    The free event will be held from noon-6 p.m. at the Lancaster County Fairgrounds, 823 Kershaw Camden Highway, with gates open at 11 a.m. and an opening kickoff and balloon ceremony beginning at noon.
    Lancaster City Council member Tamara Green Garris will be the Sickle Cell Walk ambassador.

  • On the river, a short-lived chapter in our industrial past

    Those who enjoy gardening no doubt take for granted the many types of fertilizers that may be purchased to incorporate into the soil and grow bountiful vegetable gardens and beautiful flowers.
    Although organic fertilizers are widely used today, synthetic nitrogen fertilizers are still used in the global production of crops that feed an estimated half the world’s population.

  • Experience most-cited attribute in school races

    The race for three contested seats on the Lancaster County school board features five veteran educators and challenges to longtime incumbents Bobby Parker and Janice Dabney.
    Neil Couch and Melissa Jones-Horton are running against Dabney in District 5. John Mahaffey is running against board Chairman Parker in District 3. Ken Buck and Chris Campbell are running for the District 7 seat after incumbent Don McCorkle chose not to run again. And District 1 incumbent Melvin Stroble faces no opposition. 

  • Grandpa’s Masonic gavel turns up at downtown antique store

    Tim Catoe wandered into The Shops on Main on a whim last week and found a local relic buried among the antiques and artifacts for sale there.
    Catoe noticed an old wooden gavel faintly inscribed: “Camp Creek Masonic Lodge, R.W. Parker, W.M., 1947.”
    “I thought, man, that’s pretty neat,” said Catoe, who is a member of the Antioch Lodge.