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  • Great Falls 'a speed trap,' says Chester County councilman

    GREAT FALLS - Chester County Councilman Archie Lucas said motorists are afraid to drive through the town of Great Falls.

    "I had one person who lives on Wateree say they would not come to Great Falls because the police will pull you over," Lucas said.

    "Great Falls is not being considered a speed trap," Lucas said. "It is one."

    Lucas said some people mistakenly think he serves on Great Falls Town Council when they complain to him.

  • About a year remains before all TV broadcasts will be in digital format

    Some people with analog television sets are scratching their heads over how they'll continue enjoying TV once the federal government mandates all broadcasts be in digital come February 2009.

    Lone analog television sets without cable or satellite service won't be able to receive broadcasts then, but the government and other interests are now working to make analog owners aware of what can be done once the change-over goes into effect.

  • Funds sought for road study

    Officials hope Lancaster County will land a grant that will pay for a study of an important traffic corridor.

    The grant, available for up to $300,000, could fund a study of the U.S. 521 corridor, from the Lancaster city limits to the North Carolina state line. It would also look at the S.C. 9 corridor, from the Chester County line to where it meets U.S. 521.

    The area south of S.C. 75 in the Panhandle to the Lancaster city limits is undeveloped for the most part right now, as sewer lines have not been extended through the area.

  • Man being held for having sex with a horse, official says

    A local man who was caught having sex with a horse remains behind bars at the Lancaster County Detention Center.

    Joey Ervin Catoe, 48, whose last listed address is 1430 Kelly Drive, was charged Jan. 15 with indecent exposure and buggery, which means sodomy or unnatural sex.

    On Jan. 2, a resident of Floyd Road in Kershaw walked around his barn beside his house and saw Catoe having sex with his 2-month old horse, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report.

  • City continues search for part-time associate judge

    The city of Lancaster's associate judge position for Sunday is open after several months of searching.

    After Helen Sowell resigned from her post as municipal judge and became city administrator last summer and an associate judge also resigned, municipal court staff duties were restructured. The associate judge's position for the weekend shift, a part-time job, remains open.

  • Council splits on rezoning request

    County Council was divided Monday night on a vote to rezone a large tract of heavy industrial land on Riverside Road to allow for a residential development.

    LGI Land of Texas owns 1,970 acres along Riverside Road. The company wants to develop homes on the site, but the site will need a special septic tank system because it is not serviced by Lancaster County Water and Sewer District.

  • Man, 56, accused of raping girl

    A Lancaster County man has been jailed and released after being accused of raping a local girl last month.

    Robert "Beau" Allen, 56, of 411 Old Camden Monroe Road, was charged Friday with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    Allen is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl on Jan. 12, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

    The girl later told her parents, who reported the incident to the sheriff's office on Jan. 28.

  • AARP again offering residents free tax help - Included Printable tax documents

    AARP is again offering its free service this year to elderly and low- to moderate-income earners in Lancaster County.

    It started Monday at the Lancaster County Community Center, 500 E. Meeting St., Lancaster, and will be offered between 1 and 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through April 14, said local program director Nancy Mobley. No appointments will be made as the program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Mobley asks that people bring last year's return, all W-2s, 1099s, Social Security and interest income statements to make for a quick filing process.

  • Sistare to seek District 7 seat on County Council

    A Potter Road woman believes her experience in management and business will make her a good county councilwoman.

    Kathy Sistare, 54, has announced that she intends to run for the County Council District 7 seat as a Democrat. The seat is held by one-term Councilman Wayne Kersey, also a Democrat.

    "I'm getting more excited by the day," said Sistare, who announced her candidacy in newspaper ads over the weekend.

  • Judge: Building could use another courtroom - Virtual Tour!

    If the new magistrates' office building were a little larger, more trials and preliminary hearings could be held there, Magistrate Jackie Pope told County Council on Monday night.

    Last year, council acted quickly in buying the old Good Kia dealership on S.C. 9 Bypass, voting to spend up to $1 million on the building and renovations.

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