• Tunnell sues Lancaster County, I-77 Alliance

    Defamation, breach of contract and civil conspiracy are some of the allegations Keith Tunnell made this week in a lawsuit against Lancaster County, several county officials and a regional economic alliance.

  • Lancaster jobless rate inches up

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate increased nearly a half point in January, ending a six-month trend of improving numbers.
    According to the S.C Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW), the county’s unemployment rate was 6 percent in January, up from 5.6 percent in December. The latest data was released March 14.
    The county’s unemployment rate has fallen dramatically in recent years as the economic recovery has strengthened. In January 2015, the rate was 7.3 percent.

  • Lancaster News brings home top press awards

    The Lancaster News brought home both top awards for its division at the S.C. Press Association’s annual banquet in Columbia Saturday, and senior reporter Christopher Sardelli was named the state’s weekly Journalist of the Year.
    The newsroom staff won 29 awards during this year’s contest, which judged work published between November 2014 and November 2015.
    The wins earned TLN the President’s Award for Excellence in the 2-3 Times Weekly Division, an honor the newspaper has received four years running.

  • Don’t expect big changes in county’s new budget

    Coming off a county budget year that focused heavily on public safety initiatives, from additional patrol deputies to funding for full-time firefighters, county officials are predicting a “status quo year” in the upcoming budget process.
    As he headed off for days filled with preliminary budget planning meetings, County Administrator Steve Willis said this week that the fiscal year 2016-17 county budget will most likely feature no new, large-scale initiatives.

  • So many elections, a glitch creeps in

    Between town council elections in Kershaw and Heath Springs, a special election for Lancaster mayor, two presidential primaries, a school bond referendum and now, candidate filing for the statewide party primaries, it’s already been a busy election year.
    It’s no wonder that wires can get crossed up, as local county officials learned this week.

  • School bond passes easily

    After months of debate about school overcrowding, security concerns and technology upgrades, Lancaster County voters overwhelmingly decided Tuesday to approve a $199 million school bond.
    According to final vote tallies, Lancaster County residents overall approved the measure 5,420 to 1,885.
    Though the vote totals seem high for a special election bond referendum, they represent only 13 percent of the total 55,313 registered voters in the county.

  • Local agencies team up for family counseling

    Christian Services is launching an outreach next month to strengthen families by partnering with Lancaster County Adult Education, a church and a business to host three workshops.
    “We see so many fractured families with a plateful of issues, and the truth is, many of them are rooted in broken homes,” said Christian Services community relations liaison Mark Barrett. “That’s something we’ve got to reverse.”
    Fractured families usually stem from one of three factors, said Christian Services Executive Director Eric Kramer.

  • Emu wanders down road

    Folks traveling on University Drive in north Lancaster saw an unusual sight Friday – an emu out for an afternoon stroll.
    Among them was Sharon Novinger, executive director or Lancaster County Partners For Youth.
    “I came around a curve and saw this thing beside the road and thought, what is that?” Novinger said. “He was obeying the rules, on the right side of the road, just bebopping along.
    “I stopped and thought, what do I do?” she said. “He looked at me and just kept walking.”

  • Haile Gold Mine ramping up for production

    If all goes according to plan, hard-rock mining could begin at Kershaw’s Haile Gold Mine within a month and gold could be produced from the site by the end of the year.
    That’s the word this week from Haile Gold Mine General Manager David Thomas, who reported this week the project is progressing well and is on schedule to begin pouring gold during the final quarter of 2016.

  • Volunteer firefighting rolls shrink

    Lancaster County had 600 volunteer firefighters three decades ago. Today, the number is less than half that.
    In the past four years, 184 volunteers have left, and just 147 new ones have joined.
    If that trend continues, there’s big trouble ahead for taxpayers, worries Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Emergency Management and Fire Rescue.
    “We’re hanging in there,” Player said, “but it’s astounding when you look at the numbers.”