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Morin settling in as Habitat’s new director

By Jesef Williams

Joyce Morin has enjoyed getting to know the community since beginning work at Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County.

Morin was hired in May as the group’s new executive director. She succeeded Tracy Carnes, who resigned in February.

Habitat for Humanity pools community resources to build houses for local residents in need. Morin said this post gives her the chance to further her aim of serving others.

“The opportunity to be of help to the community and of help to the people is what I like best,” she said.


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Unique design for IL station

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INDIAN LAND – The renovated and expanded Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department has been designed to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.


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Council to discuss old jail, capital-improvements list

By Jesef Williams

Lancaster County Council will continue discussion on possible ways to handle the old county jail at its upcoming meeting Tuesday.

Council learned more than a month ago that the building, built in 1823, had suffered cracks in its ceiling due to vibrations from road maintenance nearby. A structural engineer has warned county officials that the historic building, designed by notable Charleston architect Robert Mills, could collapse.

Repairs are estimated to cost nearly $206,000.


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Babridge turns 105

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Mattye W. Babridge points to her faith as a main reason behind her longevity.


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Men lead deputies on chase

By Chris Sardelli

Deputies are searching for two men who led them on a car chase late Tuesday night.

According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies attempted to pull over a white Buick Century at 11:13 p.m. Tuesday. The car was going almost 50 mph in a 25-mph zone.


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New church delivers old-fashioned message

By Julie Graham

INDIAN LAND – Damascus Road Baptist Church is a new church along U.S. 521 that preaches an old-fashioned message, its founders say.

It was the vision of four local families in the same Bible study class to begin their own church. Pastor Chris Tipton of Lancaster was chosen as its spiritual leader and services began in the former firehouse at 4289 Charlotte Highway on May 16.

“We are a new, old-fashioned church. We believe in the Scripture and the word of God,” said Tipton, 45, who is also the store manager of Walmart in Lancaster.


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Police reports - July 23, 2010

By The Staff

According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

• A Lancaster man reported damage to his home between Monday and Tuesday. The report said the man returned to his home, which was being remodeled, and found the carpet cut and peeled up, as well as paint thrown on walls, floors and cabinets. Damage to the home is estimated at $3,000. There are no suspects in the case.

•  Dimias Cadell Hinson, 22, 308 N. Hughes St., was charged July 19 with simple possession of marijuana and a seat-belt violation.


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Police reports - July 21, 2010

By The Staff

According to Lancaster Police Department reports:

• Several items were reported stolen from a Pardue Street apartment on July 15. A woman called police after returning home from vacation and finding her back door kicked in, the report said. Stolen from the apartment were a Sony Playstation 3, two Nintendo DSI’s, a laptop computer, a Sony PSP and two pairs of Air Jordan shoes. The items are valued at $1,229.

According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:


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Annual back-to school gathering for teachers canceled

Board talks furlough days

By Chris Sardelli

With only a month to go until the new school year begins, the county school board is looking at ways to manage the effects of required furlough days.

The Lancaster County School District has already set several furlough days for the upcoming school year, including 10 days for administration and five days for all other staff members.

Dr. Gene Moore, superintendent of the school district, discussed the ripple effect these furloughs are having Tuesday.


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Jobless rate down in June

Jobless rate down in June

By The Staff

Lancaster County’s jobless rate dropped in June by almost half a point to 15.6 percent, according to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

The decrease in the percentage of jobless residents here mirrored that of the state, where the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 10.7 percent, a drop of 0.4 percent from the revised 11.1 percent jobless rate recorded in May, and 1.2 percentage points below the June 2009 rate.

Lancaster County also saw a 0.4 percent decrease in its jobless rate in June.


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