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Teacher charged with sexual battery

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The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Lancaster High School teacher and Indian Land High School coach with sexual battery of a student. Officers arrested Tony Allen Ford, 36, on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.


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Man runs away after breaking glass door at hospital emergency room, caught near high school

Police officer slightly hurt during footchase

By Chris Sardelli

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An Lancaster Police Department officer received minor injuries after chasing a man who ran from Springs Memorial Hospital earlier this month.
Police responded to the hospital emergency room at 5:38 p.m. Sept. 11, after a man shattered the Emergency Medical Services door and ran away, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.


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Deputies arrest man on burglary, drug charges

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Deputies arrested a Lancaster man on multiple charges this week after an investigation into a burglarized home.
Joseph J. Hinson, 26, 1134 Laurel Ave., was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 19, on charges of second-degree burglary, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.


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Public Services Honors Festival set for Oct. 6

By Laura Caskey

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The Lancaster County Farmer’s Commission wants young people to discover what Lancaster County Farmer’s Market has to offer.
The commission has organized the Public Services Honors Festival, a weekend event which recognizes local service agencies. The festival gathers local service agencies and honors them for the work they do for the county.


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Man accidentally shoots self in ankle

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A Kershaw man is recovering after accidently shooting himself in a local department store parking lot Friday, Sept. 14.
Lancaster Police Department officers were called at to Walmart, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass, about 7 a.m. that day to help a 21-year-old man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his ankle, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.


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State’s monthly rate at 9.6 percent

Lancaster County’s jobless rate declines in August

By Jesef Williams

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Lancaster County’s unemployment rate experienced a drop in August, though the numbers may be a result of fewer people in the work force.
The county had an August jobless rate of 12.4 percent, a decline from the 13 percent posted in July. By  comparison, the August 2011 jobless rate for Lancaster County was 14.4 percent, according to figures released Friday, Sept. 21, by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.


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Council to discuss LCEDC issues Monday

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Lancaster County Council will discuss several items related to economic development at its Monday meeting, Sept. 24.
Council will first discuss a proposal from the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. designed to generate funds for activities such as marketing and workforce development.


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Council passes first reading of container ordinance

Kershaw leaders talk trash at meeting

By Jesef Williams

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KERSHAW – A good bit of trash talk took place at the Monday, Sept. 17, Kershaw Town Council meeting.
No, there wasn’t any arguing or taunting.
Rather, council members discussed a proposal to place new requirements for residents regarding their household garbage.
Town Council voted 6-0 on first reading of an ordinance to amend an existing town ordinance that pertains to containers for residential garbage-collection containers.


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DHEC to also consolidate location in Great Falls

Kershaw health center to close

By Jesef Williams

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Lancaster County residents are sure to be affected by the closing of two public health facilities in the area.
S.C. Department of Heath and Environmental Control announced Thursday, Sept. 20, that the Kershaw Health Center and the Great Falls Health Center will both close at the end of the year.


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Parker: school superintendent providing leadership in all areas

Moore gets high marks from school board

By Reece Murphy

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Lancaster County School District board members are happy with Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore, according to the results of this year’s evaluation.
School board chairman Bobby Parker commended Moore on behalf of the board during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18.


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