Today's News

  • Make punishment fit the crime

    I, as many others, not only in the local area but also throughout the nation, am heartsick over the violation of our courthouse. I only hope the person or persons responsible for this loss can be found. And when that is accomplished, I have no idea how flexible the sentencing guidelines are for crimes of this nature. However, I think it would really be appropriate to force this arsonist to assist in the restoration of this beautiful, historic building. Under heavy supervision the arsonist should be assigned the bulk of the work.

  • Lancaster man, 20, accused of shooting at two women in car

    A Lancaster man remains behind bars after he reportedly shot at an occupied car after an argument on Rock Street on Monday.

    Lancaster police have charged Kevin Marquie Montgomery, 20, of 202 Pacer Drive, with two counts of assault with intent to kill.

    He's also charged with possession of a pistol by a person convicted of a violent crime, possession of a pistol by a person under 21, pointing and presenting a firearm and malicious injury to property.

  • Reynolds set to defend club title

    Jeff Reynolds will defend his Lancaster Golf Club championship this weekend, seeking to top a field of 23 hopefuls in the two-day tournament.Reynolds, in capturing his first LGC title last August, won a second-hole playoff with Drew Walters, the USC-Lancaster golfer who finished as the runner-up medalist in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament earlier this summer.Reynolds, down as many as four shots in the final six holes last year, made a solid late charge to force the play-off with Walters.

  • Man working to start homeless shelter here

    James Pringle looked out the window of the Lancaster Fatherhood Project on a recent Monday morning and saw someone digging through a trash can looking for aluminum cans.

    Lancaster County is going through some tough times, with the closing of local Springs Global plants and rising prices for just about everything, including gasoline and food.

    But Pringle has been working for the last four years to do something about it.

  • Hartley is right; The News, not TV, will be here for readers

    I wanted to comment on Jenny Hartley’s column in the Aug. 8 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Having worked in law enforcement and the electric utility industry, I understand being on the scene in a coffee-deprived and groggy state of mind.

    If I had been there I would most likely have laughed out loud if I had been asked the location of the Lancaster County Courthouse. Sorry, I can’t always be diplomatic – sometimes I’m just human.

  • VFD trains on new ladder truck

    INDIAN LAND – Training on the new ladder truck at Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department started Aug. 4, the same day the Lancaster County Courthouse burned.

    The timing was coincidental. Although the new ladder truck is the tallest in the county, it is not yet in use.

    Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc. aerial specialist Rodney Pearson flew from Houston, Texas, to train Panhandle firefighters on the truck. Ferrara and Spartan Motors built the truck, which was delivered to the station July 22.

  • Bless Fest features local gospel choirs, other acts

    Last year's Bless Fest went so well that organizers want to do it again. And this time, it will be bigger than ever.

    The 2008 Bless Fest will be a two-day event. It will again feature various local gospel choirs and other acts, such as praise dancers and comedians.

    Saturday's festivities will be at In His Presence Fellowship Ministry, 726 Main St.

    On Sunday, the program will be held at Plantation Pointe Civic Center, 1001 W. Meeting St.

  • County OKs $400,000 for Kershaw park

    County Council members unanimously agreed Monday to fund $400,000 worth of improvements at the Kershaw industrial site.

    The site will one day look more like an industrial park, with trees cleared and roads built into it with the funding.

    "This would really be a big jump start for Kershaw," said County Councilman Jack Estridge, who represents the area.

  • County Council OKs plan to build new courthouse

    Lancaster County voters will have a choice – sort of - in how the county pays for a new courthouse.

    County Council met Wednesday to discuss an installment-purchase plan to pay for a new courthouse.

    The Lancaster County School District used an installment-purchase plan a few years ago to build the new Indian Land High School and pay for renovations at other county schools. It involves the sale of bonds, which are then paid back by taxes.

  • We learned some hard lessons in past week

    We know hindsight is 20/20. We were reminded last week how painful it often is to learn from a mistake that has given us that crystal-clear perspective.

    Our beautiful, 180-year-old courthouse was severely damaged by a fire set by an arsonist during the early morning of Aug. 4. When we learned of the fire, we sighed, “Oh, no, not our courthouse!”