Local News

  • Two years after fire

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

    There have been many interesting twists and turns in the history of the Lancaster County Courthouse. It was designed by Charleston-born architect Robert Mills, who was appointed the first federal architect and designed the original plans for the Washington Monument after winning a prestigious competition.

  • Great Falls man get nine years for theft

    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.

  • County to introduce smoke-free buffer zones

    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.

  • Lancaster man reports home invasion

    A Lancaster man told deputies that someone kicked in his door and fired two shots into his home on July 24.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies were called to a Hilton Way home about 12:30 a.m. that day.

    The 40-year-old man said he was at home with his two sons and heard someone kicking at the door. The man said he ran into the living room, yelled at the people at the door and took his children into a back room of the home.

  • Two teens charged in egging incident

    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.

  • Options for old jail under review

    County Council still isn’t sure how to address cracks in the ceiling of the county’s historic jail.

    Council learned of the cracks, believed to have been caused by vibrations from road maintenance nearby, in June.  

    Chad Catledge of Perception Builders, who is overseeing the construction of the new county courthouse, provided council with cost estimates for repairing the building or for securing new office space to replace those Emergency Management and Fire Service officers were using in the old jail.

  • Indian Land couple united, even in death

    INDIAN LAND – Nothing could separate Bert and Miriam Arthur from the love they had for God or each other, not even death.

    The devoted couple, married for more than six decades, died within hours of each other two weeks ago. They will be laid to rest at noon Saturday in Ferncliff Mausoleum and Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y.

    “They were both people of great faith,” said their pastor, the Rev. Dr. John “Jan” Setzler. “We’re going to celebrate their lives.”  

  • Youth-service group starts up in Lancaster

    A couple with roots in Lancaster is looking to grow their recently started youth-service group.

    William and Shay Belk are the founders of Leading Youth Fuels Achievement (LYFA), which will provide positive alternatives for children and teenagers in Lancaster County.

    The aim is to deter violence through sports, education, community-awareness functions and other activities.

    The Belks, who live in Baltimore, had discussed the idea of starting a service organization more than three years ago and had begun putting the plans into action earlier this year.

  • Fundraiser to benefit group that helps horses

    VAN WYCK – Mandela, a blondish Belgian draft horse, gives a loud whinny when Katie Holme comes out of the shed with a bowl of grain for him.

    Even though Mandela is about 700 pounds underweight, he just started showing interest in nibbling hay over the last couple of days. His hips jut out from under his golden coat, and butterflies land on them as he eats.

    Good Samaritans rescued Mandela and brought him to Healing Horses, a nonprofit organization run by Holme.

    His rescuers found him tied to a tree. He was likely surviving, barely, by eating tree bark.

  • HOPE to move back to its home

    HOPE in Lancaster will move back into its old digs next week.

    The charity organization, which assists families with rent and utility payments and provides a food pantry, moved into a temporary location on Arch Street 18 months ago, having outgrown its space at 2008 Pageland Highway.

    Since then, renovations have been going on at its permanent home, which it also shares with Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services. With the assistance of YouthBuild, two new offices, a new food room and storage room have been added on to HOPE’s portion of the building.