https://www.thelancasternews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Shelter plan inches ahead https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/shelter-plan-inches-ahead <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lancaster_animal_shelter_exterior_renderings_taller.jpg" alt="This is the architect’s rendering of the exterior of the new animal shelter to be built on Pageland Highway. The I&amp;R Committee recommends moving forward with the project, expected to cost between $2.9 million and $3.1 million." title="This is the architect’s rendering of the exterior of the new animal shelter to be built on Pageland Highway. The I&amp;R Committee recommends moving forward with the project, expected to cost between $2.9 million and $3.1 million." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> Plans to build a new county animal shelter are moving forward again, with only a few days left before the low construction bid is set to expire.<br /> The three members of county council&rsquo;s Infrastructure and Regulation Committee will recommend to the full council that it spend $2.9 million to $3.1 million building the 8,600-square-foot facility on Pageland Highway.<br /> ‘Amicable divorce’ for HOPE, Christian Services https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/%E2%80%98amicable-divorce%E2%80%99-hope-christian-services <p> Nineteen months after forming an alliance and moving into the old Lancaster Bowling Center together, HOPE and Christian Services are splitting up, citing disparate strategies and lack of space.<br /> The short-lived partnership between two of Lancaster&rsquo;s best-known nonprofits dissolved last week, with leaders at both agencies saying there were no hard feelings over the change.<br /> Richard Band, board chair of HOPE in Lancaster, called the separation a &ldquo;very amicable, friendly, no-fault divorce.&rdquo;<br /> Man strikes plea deal, gets 7 years in child-sex assault case https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/man-strikes-plea-deal-gets-7-years-child-sex-assault-case <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/laurkeia_magoo_montgomery.jpg" alt="Laurkeia “Magoo” Montgomery, also known as Laurkeda" title="Laurkeia “Magoo” Montgomery, also known as Laurkeda" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> A Lancaster man who faced up to life in prison on charges of sexually abusing two young children has pleaded guilty to lesser offenses and received a seven-year sentence.<br /> Laurkeia &ldquo;Magoo&rdquo; Montgomery, also known as Laurkeda, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of first-degree assault and battery after admitting to inappropriately touching the two children, said Robert Kittle of the S.C. Attorney General&rsquo;s Office, which prosecuted the case.<br /> Montgomery was sentenced to seven years in state prison on each count, to be served concurrently.<br /> County going airborne to fight crime, save lives https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/county-going-airborne-fight-crime-save-lives <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/djimatricem210.png" alt="The sheriff’s office is purchasing this drone and another, smaller one fitted with cameras to assist deputies searching remote areas." title="The sheriff’s office is purchasing this drone and another, smaller one fitted with cameras to assist deputies searching remote areas." align="left" hspace="6" width="151" height="85" /><p> The Lancaster County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office is awaiting two new high-tech tools &ndash; infrared-equipped drones that can spot a suspect hiding in the dark or an unconscious missing person in thick woods.<br /> The drones will cost about $27,000 total, with extra attachments and batteries included.<br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been talking about getting one for years, but we just haven&rsquo;t been able to afford it,&rdquo; said Sheriff Barry Faile. &ldquo;This year we had money left over in our budget used to purchase patrol cars, but not quite enough to buy a car.<br /> Corporate flap might affect Remind app https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/corporate-flap-might-affect-remind-app <p> Remind, the county schools&rsquo; emergency-notification provider, plans to discontinue sending text alerts to Verizon customers because of a dispute with the cellular giant.<br /> As of Jan. 28, Verizon customers will no longer receive text messages from the Remind app, a critical component of the Lancaster County School District&rsquo;s emergency-response system for the past year.<br /> Local couple remembers Miracle on the Hudson https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/local-couple-remembers-miracle-hudson <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jdrn_hudson_plane_crash_p2color.jpg" alt="Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, left, celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson with passengers Ann and Carl Oblak and their daughter, Carol Louisa, center." title="Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, left, celebrates the one-year anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson with passengers Ann and Carl Oblak and their daughter, Carol Louisa, center." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>Stephanie Jadrnicek</strong><br /> For The Lancaster News<br /> </em><br /> Although 10 years have passed, Ann and Carl Oblak will never forget Jan. 15, 2009 &ndash; the day their plane crashed into the Hudson River.<br /> The couple had recently moved into their new home in Sun City Carolina Lakes and were returning from visiting friends in New York.<br /> &ldquo;It was snowing that morning and we arrived early at the airport to try to get an earlier flight, but they didn&rsquo;t have any room,&rdquo; said Ann, 81.<br /> Registration open for state 4-H Engineering Challenge https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/registration-open-state-4-h-engineering-challenge <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/clemson_bridge-building.jpg" alt="Students at the 2018 S.C. 4-H Engineering Challenge work on the Building a Bridge Challenge, which required them to design, construct and test a bridge. The winning bridge was the one that supported the heaviest weight. This year’s challenge will be held March 30 at the S.C. State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Registration ends March 1." title="Students at the 2018 S.C. 4-H Engineering Challenge work on the Building a Bridge Challenge, which required them to design, construct and test a bridge. The winning bridge was the one that supported the heaviest weight. This year’s challenge will be held March 30 at the S.C. State Fairgrounds in Columbia. Registration ends March 1." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em><strong>Steven Bradley</strong><br /> Clemson University<br /> </em><br /> COLUMBIA &ndash; Engineering requires science and technical skills to bring imagination to life, and youth from around the state will have a chance to put their imaginations to the test at the 2019 S.C. 4-H Engineering Challenge.<br /> Registration is now open for the event, which offers fun and engaging ways for young people to compete in various STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, such as open bridge building, energy, GPS, robotics, rocketry and more.<br /> More gold at Haile https://www.thelancasternews.com/content/more-gold-haile <img src="https://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/haile_gold_1_0.jpg" alt="Members of OceanaGold’s Haile metallurgical team oversee the pouring of the mine’s first molten gold in January 2017." title="Members of OceanaGold’s Haile metallurgical team oversee the pouring of the mine’s first molten gold in January 2017." align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> KERSHAW &ndash; An additional deposit of gold ore has been discovered at Haile Gold Mine, though the company won&rsquo;t say exactly where it is or how much it&rsquo;s worth.<br /> &ldquo;A site has been located, but we&rsquo;re not in any position at this time to discuss the specifics,&rdquo; said OceanaGold&rsquo;s David Thomas, who oversees the international mining company&rsquo;s U.S. operation.</p>