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Amendment would hold employees accountable for damage to equipment

Council considers change to policy

By Chris Sardelli

County employees may soon be held financially responsible for accidents they are involved in with county vehicles.

County Council will discuss amending the county’s motor vehicle use and operation policy Monday. The proposed amendment would enforce monetary penalties when county employees are at fault when damage is caused to county equipment.


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State of the African-American Male Conference held at USCL

Speaker: Set positive tone; be proactive

By Jesef Williams

While you may talk about trends and statistics that suggest black boys are struggling in school and in society, what are you doing to address the problem?

Dr. Richard Ramsey, a motivational educator who’s spent nearly 30 years in education, challenged an audience of concerned residents on Friday afternoon to think about the efforts being made to reach black boys.

He said a little bit of concern can make a big difference.


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Lawmakers to speak at chamber breakfast

By The Staff

The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative breakfast Dec. 1 to provide members with an opportunity to hear the issues leaders will tackle in 2010.

The breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

S.C. Chamber of Commerce President Otis Rawl will outline the state chamber’s 2010 competitiveness agenda and discuss the top priority issues of businesses throughout the state.


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UW program helps with prescription costs

By United Way Of Lancaster County

If you don’t have health insurance, or need medicine not covered by your insurance plan, you may want to get the FamilyWize prescription drug discount card being distributed by United Way of Lancaster County.

This card could lower the cost of your medicine by 30 percent or more.

United Way of Lancaster County is providing these cards free to everyone in our community. There are no age restrictions, no income restrictions, no limit on how many times you can use it and no waiting to get a card.


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City receives honor for traffic safety

By AAA Carolinas

COLUMBIA – The city of Lancaster has been recognized by AAA Carolinas as a 2009 South Carolina Traffic Safe Community.

Lt. Jeff Meeks of the Lancaster Police Department accepted the award, which honors the police department and city for working to ensure that roads in the city are safe. The award was presented at a luncheon in Columbia on Oct. 15.

The city of Lancaster was recognized for its public-awareness campaigns.


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Number of jobless in state at record percentage again

Jobless rate rises to 19.2 percent

By The Staff

Lancaster County’s jobless rate increased 0.3 percent in October to 19.2 percent.

The county had the seventh-highest jobless rate in the state in October, according to figures released Friday by the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

Neighboring Chester County had the second-highest jobless rate in October at 21.6 percent, an increase of 0.2 percent from September.

Allendale County had the highest percentage of unemployed residents in October at 22.2 percent. The rate there was unchanged from September.


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District OKs policy on political solicitation

By Jesef Williams

The Lancaster County School District has put its foot down on certain types of political activity  that can occur on school grounds.

The school board voted unanimously Tuesday on final reading of a policy that will prohibit campaigning and the distributing of campaign material on district property.

The board had viewed a draft of the policy in April but tabled it for later discussion. At that time, board member Dr. Peter Barry expressed concern about an item that would have prevented politicians from buying ad space in publications such as football programs.


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City to light tree Nov. 27

By The Staff

Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw and City Council members will declare the beginning of the holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas tree at the historic Lancaster Courthouse at 101 N. Main St., at 6 p.m. Nov. 27.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season during the celebration.

Local children will provide Christmas music.

The first 100 children to arrive will receive holiday reindeer hats.

Light refreshments will be available.

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City of Lancaster receives good audit

By Jesef Williams

The city of Lancaster is in good financial standing and has sound accounting practices, according to its most recent audit conducted in August and September.

Blair, Bohle & Whitsitt of Charlotte audited the 2008-09 budget for the city, which had a total fund balance of $8.2 million at the end of that fiscal year (June 30) – a $400,000 increase from the previous year.


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Man robs gas station on U.S. 521

By Jenny Arnold

An armed man robbed the Raceway Express gas station on U.S. 521 on Saturday, getting away with cash, a pack of cigarettes and a can of beer, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

According to an incident report, the clerk told sheriff’s deputies that a man came into the store about 7:30 a.m. and got a 24-ounce can of Bud Light. The clerk said the man approached the counter and asked for a pack of Newport cigarettes and then pulled out a large, black handgun and a plastic bag.


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