• TLN wins 2 honorable mentions in NNA contest

    The Lancaster News won two honorable mentions last week in the National Newspaper Association’s 2019 Better Newspaper Editorial Contest.
    Reporter Kayla Vaughn won an honorable mention for best feature story for her October profile of Wonza Johnson, one of the stars of the national tour of “Hamilton: An American Musical,” who came home to Lancaster County and visited students at his old middle school.

  • Stormwater engineer chronicles his 1st year

    In the last year, the county’s stormwater management department has conducted monthly water-quality tests at 32 sites, inspected 54 sites and responded to 92 requests for service.
    It has conducted engineering reviews for 19 commercial projects and eight large subdivisions, and made water-quality presentations for schools, civic groups and homeowners associations.
    “Water is the original recycled product,” said Lancaster County Engineer Scott Edgar.

  • 41-month prison term on weapon possession

    A Lancaster man will spend more than three years in prison after being sentenced Friday on a federal weapon charge.
    Quavis Jamar Rudisell, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and was sentenced to 37 months’ imprisonment, according to a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Columbia. He received another four-month term, to be served consecutively, for violating an earlier term of federal supervised release.

  • KGC’s front nine closed for replanting

    The three-year project to upgrade the town-owned Kershaw Golf Club has entered its next phrase, with the front nine closed for the next two months as tee boxes and greens get replanted with fresh Bermuda.
    “We got to keep our place up to snuff,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “It’s a business, and in order to compete with surrounding courses, we have to keep Kershaw in as good a shape as we possibly can.”
    For now, golfers at KGC are limited to playing the back nine holes, which were built in 2003-04. 

  • Cats overwhelm shelter

    The county animal shelter on Lynwood Drive, deluged with cats and lacking enough space to keep them, has adopted a new policy designed to limit intake of the animals.
    Starting this week, the shelter will no longer accept cats on Fridays.
    “We are hitting the peak of puppy/kitten season, and the numbers are such that we have to take action,” County Administrator Steve Willis said Tuesday. “We are hitting space issues, and anything coming in on a Friday can’t be taken to the vet for service on Saturdays.”

  • Scottish lass right at home at country music fest

    On my flight from Scotland to the United States last year, I listened to one of my favorite songs – “Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks.

  • Whits End hits the big stage

    Chris Whitaker’s raspy voice boomed from the stage at the 2019 Carolina Country Music Festival last weekend as festivalgoers danced and sang along to “Free Bird” and “Friends in Low Places.”  
    Whitaker is the lead singer of country/southern rock band Whits End, which includes guitarists Brandon Ashley of Lancaster and Dillon Locke of Kershaw, bassist Brad Williams of Lancaster and drummer Steven Branham of Camden.

  • Giving back while building skills

    Seventy Mission Serve volunteers from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Maryland gathered in Lancaster County this week to complete repairs and projects on 10 homes.
    Mission Serve partners with local city governments to help rehabilitate substandard housing. The nonprofit has 18 projects lined up this summer across 10 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guatemala.

  • Democrats test preferences in poll at Red Rose Festival

    From release

    At its Red Rose Festival booth May 18, the Lancaster County Democratic Party asked passers-by to vote in a 2020 presidential straw poll, indicating their favorite candidates and most important issues.
    With almost 100 voting-age participants, the tally showed former Vice President Joe Biden leading the field with 30 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren next with 20 percent, then Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7.5 percent, Sen. Kamala Harris at 6 percent, and Sens. Corey Booker and Kirsten Gillebrand at 5 percent each.

  • Hungry Heroes feeds Lancaster police

    Hungry Heroes founder Amanda Riggan has fed thousands of first responders, military personnel and veterans across the nation. On Thursday, she served the Lancaster City Police Department.
    A Rock Hill resident, Riggan started the nonprofit after the death of York County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Doty last year. She began her efforts by feeding agencies throughout York County, but as word spread, so did her mission.