Today's News

  • 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.”

  • $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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sheriff’s office lists unclaimed property

    Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office often come across unclaimed, lost or abandoned property during the course of their duties.
    Per departmental policy, when a deputy takes possession of this property, it is placed into evidence for safekeeping. The office then works to identify owners and reunite them with their property. 
    After a 90-day period and exhausting all reasonable efforts to find legal property owners, the sheriff’s office is allowed by state law to dispose of the items.

  • Water pressure problems baffle Kershaw so far

    KERSHAW – There is a water mystery brewing in Kershaw that town officials are trying to figure out and fix.
    Residents on the west side of town have been noticing sudden losses of water pressure and occasional bouts of cloudy water, said Kershaw Administrator Mitch Lucas.
    “You can basically tell because the shower doesn’t run as forceful as it normally does, things like that,” said Lucas, who lives on that side of town.
    Ruptured Lancaster County Water and Sewer District lines that supply water to the town caused the discoloration.

  • McMaster, Smith joust over issues

    In the first of two statewide TV debates, Gov. Henry McMaster and Democratic challenger James Smith drew clear distinctions on many issues Wednesday night and sharply clashed on a few.
    McMaster repeatedly focused on lower taxes and less regulation as the key to the state’s prosperity now and in the future, while Smith urged raising teacher salaries, building infrastructure and improving health care by accepting federal Medicaid help under Obamacare.

  • 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.