Local News

  • Council removes four commission members

    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.

  • City changes its false alarm policy

    False alarms at homes and businesses may get costly for city of Lancaster residents.

    On Tuesday, City Council voted unanimously to amend its alarm ordinance to now outline penalties for alarm users who repeatedly have false alarms.

    If a residence or business has four or more false alarm in a year, the city will charge the responsible party $100 for each false alarm beginning with the fourth.

    The city used to charge residents and business owners beginning with the sixth false alarm, said Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White.

  • Woman faces charges in toddler incident

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

    Quan’Meshia Deaqrilla Falls, 22, of 111 Barron Blvd., Lancaster, was charged Tuesday afternoon with child neglect.

    At press time Tuesday, Falls was being held at the Lancaster Police Department. Bond had not been set.

    ‘It didn’t look good’

  • 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.”