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Hood, Howard file for re-election

Hood, Howard file for re-election

By Jesef Williams

John Howard will run for another term on Lancaster City Council.

Howard, who represents District 5 on City Council, filed to run for re-election Tuesday afternoon.

He has been on council since 1982 and said he wants to still serve during what he calls the city’s most challenging time. Decisions made now will shape the city for many years to come, he said.

“If it is the will of the people, I would like to continue to be a part of the process,” he said.


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Zones will be at entrances to buildings, near air-conditioning units

County to introduce smoke-free buffer zones

By Chris Sardelli

The county will soon introduce smoking buffer zones around county buildings as it continues to refine its tobacco-ban policies.

A tobacco-usage ban for county buildings and vehicles has only been in place since July 1, but County Council adopted a few additions to the county ordinance Tuesday.

One of those additions is the creation of smoking buffer zones outside each county building, extending 20 feet from the entrance and air-conditioning systems of each building.


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After complaints, officials decide to shake up Farmers Market Commission

Council removes four commission members

By Chris Sardelli

County Council has removed four members of the county’s Farmers Market commission from their seats.

Council members decided after a closed session meeting Tuesday to remove the four commission members after they received a series of complaints from buyers and sellers at the farmers market.

The members who were removed are Don Gowan, Stacey Gowan, Nancy Adams and George Roberts.

County Administrator Steve Willis helped compose letters explaining council’s decision.


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Judge hands down sentence in Walmart shoplifting case

Great Falls man get nine years for theft

By Jenny Arnold

Shoplifting meat at Walmart turned out not to be a great value to a Great Falls man with a history of theft.

Steve Barry McFarland, 47, of 6315 Richburg Road, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Paul Burch after a jury found him guilty of shoplifting third offense or greater on Thursday. Burch suspended the sentence to nine years, plus five years probation.

The maximum sentence for the charge is 10 years.


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Heath Springs man sentenced to 17 years on two sex charges

By Jenny Arnold

A Lancaster County man was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to two sex offenses last week.

Lancaster County Assistant Solicitor Curtisha Mingo said John Wesley Phillips, 32, of 2415 Hoke Road, Heath Springs, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct and committing a lewd act on a minor.

Mingo said the victims in the case are 10- and 13-year-old girls.


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Child identified, placed in protective custody

Woman faces charges in toddler incident

By Jesef Williams

A Lancaster woman has been arrested and charged after a 2-year-old girl wandered off into the street Tuesday morning.


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A new courthouse rises; and an old one nears restoration

Two years after fire

By Jenny Arnold

A witchcraft trial, a prison for Confederate soldiers, a devastating fire.


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County to develop its first long-term strategic plan

By Chris Sardelli

A growing population and a need to attract more businesses to the area have county officials eyeing the county’s first-ever strategic plan.

While the county has developed other studies, including comprehensive plans, economic forecasts and capital-improvement lists, several council members have wondered why a long-term strategic plan has never been created to tie all those needs together.

To begin the process, council brainstormed several ideas for the plan after its meeting on Tuesday night.


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Two teens charged in egging incident

By Jenny Arnold

Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with vandalism by eggs a couple weekends ago.

Jessica Lee Haigler, 17, of 1847 Bridgewood Drive, and Kelsey Briana Sistare, 18, of 2251 Watts Drive, have been charged by the Lancaster Police Department with 25 counts each of malicious injury to property.

The teens were arrested Thursday and Friday, Police Chief Hugh White said. Two 15-year-old boys are also facing charges through the Department of Juvenile Justice in connection with the rash of vandalism.


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Book release, signing this week

By Jesef Williams

Kevan L. Waiters has taken his struggle and triumph and placed it on paper for others to read and become inspired.

The Lancaster County native has written a book titled “Brother to Brother,” a first-hand account of many of the tribulations he and his family have endured over the years.

The book has been published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises.

A significant portion of the book centers on Waiters and his brother, Donald Frank, who had been in desperate need of a kidney transplant.


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