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Today's News

  • Hughes inspires others to do their best

    The recent resignation of Ernie Hughes as head football coach at Andrew Jackson marks the end of an coaching era in Lancaster County.

    Hughes has been working high school football sidelines for 35 seasons. Over a third of that time was spent in Lancaster County.

    Hughes also served as the head football coach at neighboring Buford High School. A Winnsboro native, Hughes guided the Jackets from 1989-1994.

    He served as the Volunteers’ football coach from 2003 to this past fall.

  • City put up ‘ugly’ holiday flags in downtown Lancaster

    I’m a retired decorator from the South Park Mall area, but I live in downtown Lancaster. I noticed that the city of Lancaster has put up these ugly happy holiday flags instead of the beautiful decorations they have had in Christmases past. I was very disappointed in the lack of Christmas spirit from the city of Lancaster. The city has the power to put up the Christmas decorations and celebrate the birth of Christ.

    After all this is the Christmas season.

    James H. Gay Jr.

    Lancaster

  • Greater New Hope opens soup kitchen

    It was cold and dreary Saturday morning, but joy seemed to warm the hearts of Greater New Hope Christian Association volunteers when they cut the ribbon to open the Hill area's new soup kitchen.

    Local dignitaries joined Greater New Hope Church members and the Rev. Ronald Cunningham, minister of the church, to open the soup kitchen.

    Opening the soup kitchen was the culmination of five years of work, turning the once "juke joint" location, where alcohol and drugs were sold, into a place of bodily and spiritual nourishment.

  • School conversion almost complete

    INDIAN LAND – David McDonald, principal at Indian Land Elementary/Middle School, will serve as administrator of two schools when the middle school population begins classes in a new building next semester.

    Crews have been working since the summer to convert the former Indian Land High School to the new middle school. Moving the middle schoolers to a separate building is another way to help deal with the population growth in the Panhandle.

    With nearly 1,300 students, the ILEMS population is the second-largest of any school in Lancaster County School District.

  • Jackets drop pair to Knights

    BOONETOWN – Buford’s road trip to Class A foe North Central resulted in a pair of losses to the Knights on Friday night.In the opener, the NC girls downed the Lady Jackets 39-27. The BHS boys dropped a 72-62 loss to the Knights.In the boys’ game, the third period proved to be the difference.North Central held a 37-35 edge at the break and came out with a crucial 14-5 run in the third period to take a 51-40 lead.“We came out a little flat in the second half and had some key turnovers,” BHS coach Jeff Moyer said.

  • Juvenile drug court threatened due to dwindling grant funds

    There's a threat to a county program that has done some good for Lancaster County teenagers addicted to drugs.

    The Lancaster County Drug Court, a program financed mainly through state and federal grants since its inception in 2003, is facing an all-time success rate but also a funding crunch.

    The grant sources are dwindling each year, making it harder to operate, said drug court coordinator Jeff Phillips.

  • Perez on mission to help people of his homeland

    Jose Perez's visit to his homeland this holiday season will carry extra meaning.

    Perez, a Lancaster resident, had planned to leave for Tabasco, Mexico, on Saturday night to provide assistance to people there affected by the massive flooding in late October and early November.

    Heavy rains hit Tabasco and Chiapas, leading to the widespread flooding that has affected more than a million people.

    Tabasco and Chiapas are two Mexican states in the southern part of the country.

  • Justice Department OKs combining polls

    The U.S. Justice Department has given its OK to some precinct consolidations here for the upcoming presidential primaries.

    In the past, the political parties put on the primaries, said Lancaster County election official Cassie Stump. But the state Legislature changed that this year, and now the state Election Commission is responsible for the primaries.

  • Vols fall short at Great Falls

    GREAT FALLS - Andrew Jackson battled to the buzzer, but host Great Falls held the upper hand for a 62-50 win and a non-region basketball sweep on Friday night at GFHS.

    The Red Devils opened an early lead and stayed on top to gain the 12-point win.

    Great Falls opened the twin bill with a 58-29 win over the Lady Vols, who dipped to 2-5 with the loss.

    In the nightcap, the 1-6 Vols trailed 36-29 at the break and couldn’t overcome the Red Devils. Great Falls took a 48-35 lead into the final period.

  • Officers seize 4 poker machines

    A raid at an Old Still Street home Dec. 5 turned up four poker machines.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force, armed with a search warrant, raided 1305 Old Still St. and found four poker machines in operation.

    Joseph Bradley, 44, of 1617 Springdale Road, and Christopher Horne, 30, of 1305 Old Still St. were arrested and charged with operating a gaming house.

    Agents seized the four poker machines, $1,413 and various records of payouts from the machines during this search.