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Today's News

  • Column: FDR failed to pack high court, and Democrats will fail today

    The frustration of some in the Democratic Party has been manifest this year as they try to gain traction by packing the U.S. Supreme Court and changing the Constitution.
    Flush with victory when their party took control of the U.S. House in the November 2018 election, these Democrats have proposed some radical changes that they now see will go nowhere as long as the president and the Senate can block their extreme left ideas.

  • NY jazz with a connection to Lancaster

    Whatever you call it – straight ahead, cool, smooth or hot – jazz is coming to Lancaster.
    The Paul Sanwald Jazz Quartet, based out of New York, will be performing at 7 p.m. April 6 at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center. This time, the music will be “straight ahead,” a sound born of the classic jazz quartet – tenor saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Lancaster will get to hear a mix of original jazz compositions, some brand new, all written by quartet leader Paul Sanwald, with additional selections by familiar names like Cole Porter.

  • Ex-Lancaster residents helping relief efforts in Indonesian disaster

    Former Lancaster residents Melinda and Dano Whited and their seven kids have endured a catastrophic few weeks in Indonesia.
    The couple work for a nonprofit in Sentani, where they are helping with massive relief efforts after more than 20 inches of rain fell in five nights.
    Whited said the season had already been extremely wet, but the heavy downpours began March 16.

  • Watercrest assisted living under construction in IL

    Watercrest Senior Living Group is bringing more top-tier senior housing and amenities to Indian Land, with the construction of Watercrest Assisted Living and Memory Care.
    The site is just off Jim Wilson Road, between the Promenade at Carolina Reserve and The Greens, a 198-unit townhome development under construction by Lennar.
    The 107-unit, resort-style senior living community broke ground in February and is expected to open in early 2020.

  • Man injured in Zion Road shooting

    A man was injured Monday in a shooting on Zion Road in the Unity community.
    The man’s identity and age have not been released, but Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Barfield said the man was shot in the wrist shortly after 8 a.m. on Zion Road near Kneebo Road.
    While it is a serious injury, it is non-fatal and doctors “have a handle on it,” Barfield said Monday afternoon.
    The victim was transferred to another medical facility outside Lancaster early Monday.

  • Main St. rail-crossing improvement delayed

    Cars will continue rattling across the railroad crossing on Lancaster’s South Main Street through August due to delayed contract negotiations.
    Funded jointly by the L&C Railroad and the S.C. Department of Transportation, the project was tentatively planned for completion by April 15.
    Gulf & Ohio Railways Vice Chairman Doc Claussen said the project involves relocating the crossing approximately 200 feet northeast on South Main Street, adjacent to an existing concrete crossing currently equipped with signals.

  • Opponents resisting VW eatery, salon

    Opposition has arisen among some Van Wyck residents over a developer’s plans to renovate three properties for commercial use in the heart of town.
    “I’m absolutely opposed to any business going into that property,” said Dave Helwer, who lives a stone’s throw from the tract in question. “I’m opposed to it creeping across the street and into the residential area.
    “This is a beautiful neighborhood…. I don’t think people want to see that change.”

  • Late snow thrills, then it’s gone

    A quick burst of snow hit Lancaster County on Tuesday morning, a far cry from last week’s 70-degree sunshine.
    Snow flurries began shortly after 8 a.m. and at times came down in clumps the size of golf balls. The precipitation transformed into sleet and rain within a few hours. Schools and county and city offices stayed on normal schedule despite the bad weather.
    The north end of the county, in the Indian Land and Van Wyck areas, received the most snow on the ground, less than an inch, while others only received a slight dusting of snow and sleet.

  • Get ready for change spurred by IL leap in population

    The drastic change coming to Lancaster County government after next year’s U.S. Census is likely to be even greater than officials have been expecting.
    Population growth in the Panhandle is the fastest in the state and shows no sign of slowing, according to new figures released at last week’s Regional Transportation Summit in Ballantyne, N.C.

  • USCL Lancers split four games with USC Sumter Fire Ants

    The USC Lancaster Lancers baseball team split a four-game home series with USC Sumter over the weekend at the Lancaster High School baseball field.
    The Lancers, 24-8, 10-6 in Region X play, dropped a pair of one-run games to cap the series Sunday.
    USC Sumter edged USCL 6-5 as Michael Lewis took the loss in two innings of relief work, giving up three earned runs. Tyler Fox went six frames and allowed three earned runs with four strikeouts.
    Todd Mattox led the offense with two hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs.