• Deluge floods apartments, damages roads

    Raging thunderstorms dumped 4 inches of rain on Lancaster County in five hours Saturday night, flooding apartments, stranding motorists and shutting down roads.
    No one was injured in the storm, but county Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said about half a dozen people had to be rescued from floodwaters at Dalton Ridge Apartments off Monroe Highway in Lancaster.
    It was raining hard at 9:30 p.m. when Mary Ann Davis got home to Dalton Ridge. She went inside, phoned her sister and was watching TV when she heard the sound of water running.

  • Paws on Parade brings art to our public spaces

    Fiberglass dog sculptures will be popping up across Lancaster County through early June.
    Paws on Parade, a public art exhibit sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, features 10 dog sculptures designed and painted by local artists.
    Arts council Executive Director Debbie Jaillette said the project was mostly funded through a Lancaster County accommodations tax grant to promote tourism.

  • County adds vaping to smoking ban

    The county’s smoking ordinance will be updated to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in public places where traditional smoking was already banned.    
    “We didn’t have this [vaping] when we put together the smoking ordinance,” said Lancaster County Council member Larry Honeycutt.
    County council unanimously passed the first of three required readings April 29 that adds vaping to the smoking ban.   
    “I’m glad…. You hear so much about it,” said council member Charlene McGriff.

  • Hacker sent fake city-official e-mails

    Wednesday morning, a hacker used several Lancaster City Council members’ e-mail accounts to send out fake and potentially harmful e-mails.
    Jarvis Driggers, the city’s information technology director, said he received notification around 7 a.m. of activity outside the United States regarding the e-mail addresses.

  • Lancaster knife-maker competes on TV series

    Lancaster bladesmith Curtis Shock recently made his national debut on the History Channel’s reality series “Forged in Fire.”
    The TV series pits four bladesmiths in a three-round elimination competition to forge bladed weapons, and the winner takes home $10,000.
    A fan of the show, Shock noticed a “Forged in Fire” stand at the Atlanta Blade Show he attends every year.

  • Suspicious fire at Springdale house

    An unoccupied home in the 1600 block of Springdale Road was damaged Tuesday evening by a suspicious fire.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said volunteer firefighters from three stations – Gooches Crossroads, Elgin and McDonald Green – responded to the scene at 7:25 p.m. after someone reported smoke coming from the front of the house.

  • Opposition torpedoes Van Wyck business plans

    After a heated public hearing Monday, developer Karen Andrade abandoned plans to create a small business hub in the heart of Van Wyck – a project fiercely opposed by some members of the community. Three local residents voiced their objections to the Van Wyck Planning Commission at the meeting, and were received with applause by many town members gathered to hear the outcome of the contentious rezoning proposal.

  • TLN wins 8 awards in LCNI competition

    The Lancaster News won eight awards, including four first places, in the annual competition among the 54 newspapers owned nationwide by Landmark Community Newspapers.
    Five of the awards were for visual journalism, with judges noting the newspaper’s sophisticated use of modern design techniques and integration of photo packages with stories.
    Design team leader Athena Redmond brought home two first-place awards, for front-page design and general design. She also won second place for general design at our sister paper the Pageland Progressive Journal.

  • Give Local tops $200K for 1st time

    Give Local Lancaster was an even bigger success than usual this year, topping $200,000 in fundraising for the first time and far outstripping last year’s total of $159,305.
    “I really have limited words to express how amazed I am,” said Give Local Lancaster coordinator Holly Furr. “It’s amazing the support that is given to these nonprofit organizations.”
    The total as of Friday afternoon was $204,870, pending some final checks to be added in.

  • Ablaze in color

    It started out as a plan to slap a fresh coat of paint on the Riverside Volunteer Fire Department – maybe something imaginative like… white.
    A month later, the little building is exploding with bright colors and images, thanks to Christina Chastain, Deah Stogner and their small army of helpers.