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  • Lancaster’s Ronald Taylor just wants to be like everyone else

    – Editor’s note: In the next two issues, The Lancaster News will profile students who have overcome the odds to earn a high school diploma in 2013. 

     

    High school is one of the most challenging times in a young person’s life. The experience can be made harder when battling a physical disability.

    On May 31, Ronald Taylor will cross the stage at Lancaster Memorial Stadium and receive an attendance certificate from Lancaster High School.

  • Downed tree causes Thursday power outage

    A fallen tree caused more than 1,500 Duke Energy customers in Lancaster to lose power early Thursday, May 23.

    Rick Jiran, the utility company’s district manager, said a “big tree” fell on a power line about 6 a.m., knocking down two spans of lines. A span is the distance between two utility poles.

    Jiran said 1,556 Duke Energy customers lost electricity. The outages were along the eastern end of the Lancaster city limits, as well as areas outside the city limits, such as Greenbriar Drive.

  • County jobless rate at 9.6 percent

    The local unemployment trend mirrors that of the state, which has seen its lowest rate in nearly five years.

    Lancaster County had a 9.6 unemployment rate for April – a substantial drop from the 10.2 percent posted for March, according to recent figures released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW).

    In comparison, the rate for April 2012 was 11.2 percent.

  • Kershaw Town Council passes first reading of 2013-14 fiscal budget

    KERSHAW – Across-the-board salary increases account for the bulk of the change in the proposed budget for the town of Kershaw.

    At its Monday, May 20, meeting, Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved first reading of the $3.5 million budget for 2013-14.

    The vote was 6-0. Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes was absent.

    Town Administrator Bryan Pettit said all town employees are scheduled to receive a 3 percent pay raise beginning with the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  • Oh, so close!

    GILBERT – The finality of a gut-wrenching sudden- death 4-3 loss in the Class AA state championship soccer match couldn’t tarnish a brilliant Indian Land High School soccer season Saturday afternoon, May 18.

    As the dejected Warriors left Leonard Price Field following Bishop England’s narrow win over Indian Land, there was plenty of praise for the two-time Class AA Upper State champions.

  • Sunrise Summer Camp starts June 3

    KERSHAW – Here’s something to get your children away from the TV, computer and video games.

    Organizers are getting the word out about Kershaw’s Sunrise Summer Camp, which offers a variety of activities for children ages 5 through 13.

    The camp, which has run about 10 years now, will be held at the Kershaw Recreation Center off Close Circle.

    It begins June 3 and ends Aug. 16.

  • IL’s Taylor Ashley driven to succeed

    – Editor’s note: In the next three issues, The Lancaster News will profile students who have overcome the odds to earn a high school diploma in 2013. 

     

    How many teenagers do you know, if stuck at home for long, wouldn’t have to be reminded, cajoled, urged, pressured or out-and-out threatened to keep up with their classwork?

    Let’s be honest. There aren’t many.

    There is at least one outstanding local exception, though, and her name is Taylor Ashley. 

  • Man tries to rob Hardee’s

    Police are searching for a man who demanded money from an employee at a Lancaster fast food restaurant, but left empty-handed late Sunday, May 19.

    Officers responded at 10:41 p.m. to the attempted armed robbery at Hardee’s, 297 S.C. 9 Bypass East, and spoke with three employees, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Sequestration changes coming to unemployment benefits

    COLUMBIA – Starting this month, South Carolinians who receive federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) will see a reduction in benefits as a result of federal sequestration.

    Sequestration imposed automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to the federal budget from March 1 through September 30. This will not affect claimants who are on the first 20 weeks of state-funded unemployment insurance benefits.

  • Fleeing robbery suspect runs out of gas

    A man accused of snatching money from the cash register at a community store Monday, May 20, wasn’t on the lam long before a series of bumbling mistakes led to his capture by a swarm of sheriff’s deputies and a K-9.

    James Marvin McDonald, 35, of Concord, N.C., is charged with strong arm robbery of Camp Creek Grocery, 2366 Camp Creek Road.

    “We got ‘em,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile minutes after McDonald was in custody.