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  • City Council OKs its first-ever anti-graffiti ordinance

    Anyone who tags buildings with graffiti in the city limits will now be subject to outlined fines and penalties.

    Lancaster City Council unanimously passed final reading of the city’s first-ever graffiti ordinance Tuesday. Councilwoman Tamara Green was absent.

    The ordinance holds both the perpetrator and the owner or property manager responsible for graffiti spotted on buildings and other private or public property.

    Police Chief Hugh White, who helped draft the policy, said the graffiti problem has been getting worse in the city.

  • Charges made in unrelated robberies

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies have arrested several suspects in unrelated armed robberies in recent weeks, including one that left a man with a gunshot wound.

    Robbery leads to shooting in Kershaw

    Jerome Anthony Riley, 22, of 3884 Fork Hill Road, and Jonathan Elliot Butler, 16, of 638 Country Club Road, were each charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, armed robbery and possession of a gun during the commission of a violent crime.

  • Lancaster teen faces charges in July 24 shooting incident

    A 17-year-old was arrested on several charges stemming from a shooting incident on Clinton Avenue Extension on July 24.

    Markivious Demond Samuel, of 122-A Pleasant Hill St., was charged by the Lancaster Police Department with possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, carrying a handgun, possession of a firearm by a person under 18, discharging a firearm in the city and two counts of assault and battery with intent to kill.

  • Pickup truck crashes into used car lot

    Jim Lineberger had just gotten a clean bill of health from his doctor Wednesday morning.

    That was before a car ran a stop sign at Connor Street and Lineberger swerved his Ford pickup truck to avoid a crash on South Market Street.

    Lineberger, who was headed south on South Market Street, crossed into the opposite lanes, traveled along the sidewalk and then hit a utility pole and six cars in Adam’s Auto Sales used car lot.

    The crash snapped the power pole in half.

    Lineberger also hit a couple wooden poles in the car lot.

  • Hood pleads guilty in reckless homicide, apologizes to family

    A Lancaster man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash last summer apologized to the victim's family in court on Monday.

    Marqevius Deandre Hood pleaded guilty Monday to reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. According to 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield, Hood was speeding away from Lancaster Police Department officers on Aug. 20, 2008, when he lost control of the Lincoln he was driving and rear-ended a motorcycle driven by John Haver, 68.

  • Will council ax fire department?

    Lancaster County Council may decide the fate of the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department at its meeting Monday night.

    The Lancaster County Fire Commission has recommended that the department be closed. The commission, made up of representatives from the 19 fire departments in the county, says the station is not in compliance with county standards.

    But County Council has final say on whether to ax the department or not.

    During its July 6 meeting, council spent more than two hours on the issue.

  • Children, teens lead 'Treasure Island' cast

    Children and teens are the main actors in a unique adaptation of “Treasure Island” hitting the Community Playhouse of Lancaster stage this weekend.

    The play is an adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel about a young boy, Jim Hawkins, who finds a treasure map and makes a trip to Skeleton Island, meeting Long John Silver along the way.

    Director Eric Grace created his own adaptation that uses a cast of 18 teens and children. He said he used a combination of different versions of the play to create his own.

  • Block party is Saturday

    Clothing, school supplies and inspirational messages are promised to those who come out to South Side Park on Saturday.

    The second annual Bonnies Outreach Ministries Block Party will be held there from 2 to 8 p.m. The park is located on Conner Street in Lancaster.

    Everyone is invited to the event, which will give youth a chance to receive pencils, paper and others items needed for the start of school next month.

    Inflatable games, a bike showcase, gospel singing and spoken word performances will also be part of the event.

  • County enacts one-year moratorium on billboards

    County Council gave approval Monday to an ordinance that places a moratorium on new billboards in the county.

    Council unanimously approved first reading of the ordinance. It requires two more readings to be finalized.

    However, County Attorney Mike Ey said because of the nature of the ordinance, the county’s planning department may begin enforcing the moratorium immediately.

    The moratorium halts the issuance of permits for billboards along the S.C. 9 Bypass and U.S. 521 for at least one year.

  • Filing ends in District 2 council race

    Filing for the vacant Lancaster County Council District 2 seat closed at noon Monday, with two candidates filing.

    Charlene McGriff, chairwoman of the Lancaster County school board, and local business owner Blondale Funderburk are seeking the seat.

    McGriff, who has served on the school board for more than 15 years, is the executive director of Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault.

    Lancaster native Funderburk was a director of Communities in Schools in the early 1990s and has worked with the Michael Blackmon Foundation since 1997.