Today's News

  • Scoping out great ideas for libraries

    With a deadline looming for $8 million in upgrades at Lancaster County’s libraries, a local delegation hit the road this week, looking for best practices and architectural ideas at Richland County’s gleaming downtown showplace.
    They walked beneath an indoor tree canopy and gazed from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking downtown. They saw giant murals of characters from Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” not just on walls, but freestanding in the middle of rooms.

  • Big influx of female prisoners strains jail

    The number of female prisoners at the Lancaster County Detention Center is ballooning, in recent weeks topping six times as many as the jail was designed to accommodate.
    That’s making it much more difficult to manage the inmate population in the overcrowded, 39-year-old facility, said Sheriff Barry Faile.

  • Van Wyck school inspection going well, not finished

    Inspectors eyeballed every inch of Van Wyck Elementary School on Thursday and liked what they saw, but will have to return Monday to complete the building inspection that would allow the school district to occupy the facility.
    Officials weren’t able to check the fire-alarm system in the school, which was still being installed. David Small, Lancaster County School District facilities director, was thankful to have the extra time. 

  • IL’s ambassador of physical education

    INDIAN LAND – Jerry Honeycutt is on a quest, determined to turn the notion of public-school physical education on its ear.
    In an era when schools are placing increased emphasis on areas such as math, science and technology to help build a competitive future workforce, PE classes may often be overlooked and undervalued – perhaps even eliminated entirely.
    But according to Honeycutt, head PE coach at Indian Land High School, physical education can be so much more than kids idly shooting baskets in the gym, the occasional softball game, and an easy A.

  • Free drive-thru meals to honor son’s memory

    Thursday would have been Tyler Carter’s 25th birthday, and his parents, Chris and Christy Carter, honored his memory by paying for customers’ drive-thru meals for two hours at Chick-fil-A in Lancaster.
    Tyler, a Lancaster native whom his parents described as passionate about golf and his faith in Christ, passed away in February. He died from medical complications stemming from a motorcycle accident a few months earlier.
    “We wanted to turn a day that was very sad and hard for us into a blessing for others,” said Christy Carter.

  • 3rd candidate files for school board District 5

    The District 5 school board race got a little bigger Friday, as Neil Couch, a 36-year-old former teacher, filed for the seat.
    The Heath Springs native joins substitute teacher Melissa Jones-Horton and incumbent Janice Dabney, who filed earlier.
    Couch said he would bring a fresh perspective to the board.

  • Tax holiday packs back-to-school retailers

    Walmart’s stationery and school-supply aisles were hopping Friday as customers took advantage of the savings on the opening day of the state’s tax-free weekend.
    Kids showed some back-to-school excitement as they carefully selected new pens and pencils and tried on book bags for just the right fit before making final decisions.
    Rosa Waiters was there buying school supplies for her two granddaughters, lured by the tax savings.
    “I hope to save some money,” she said.

  • ‘It’s been really smooth’

    Bill Affonso and Vada Sharpe met at a Halloween party in 1947, sparking a relationship that has lasted more than 70 years.
    The Sun City Carolina Lakes couple celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary June 26, a milestone reached by a small fraction of marriages. Bill is now 93, and Vada is 89.
    In October 1947, Bill, a Navy veteran who served in the Pacific during the invasion of Guam, was working in operations at LaGuardia Airport for TWA. Vada, originally from Blue Earth, Minn., was working in reservations for the airline. 

  • Lancaster man victim in fatal shooting

     A Lancaster man was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon on Hood Park Lane.

  • Column: For small papers, newsprint tariffs might be the end

    It isn’t that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington.
    If you’re a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a challenge. That is when the newspaper has to be edited, printed and distributed to readers.
    People in Mayville, Wisc., where I publish the Dodge County Pionier, count on my paper. It is how they find out what is happening in town. We don’t have a local TV station. Facebook and Google are here, but the internet has no journalists in my town.