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  • ‘Time is muscle’

    A grant that will fund almost a half-million dollars in equipment for local medics could mean the difference between life and death for critical patients.

    The $490,000 grant, recently awarded to the county by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will cover the costs of several state-of-the-art cardiac monitors and laptop computers, all in an effort to speed up response times and treatment for county residents, said Lancaster County Emergency Medical Service Director Clay Catoe.

  • County’s jobless rate sees increase

    Lancaster County’s official unemployment rate saw a slight increase in January, according to the latest data released Monday, March 18, by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The county posted 11.9 percent unemployment in January, compared to 11.6 percent in December 2012.

    In January, the county’s official labor force was recorded at 32,486, with 3,877 of those people without a job.

    In comparison, the January 2012 jobless rate in Lancaster County was 12.9 percent.

  • Gleason requests bond hearing

    The man accused in the death of his girlfriend’s daughter on March 5 is trying to get out of jail.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said a bond hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, for Phillip Bryan Gleason, 1791 Craig Farm Road.

    Barfield said Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith will hear Gleason’s request.

    “That’s all I can tell you at this time,” Barfield said. 

  • Connell wins Kershaw town election

    KERSHAW – Jody Connell is Kershaw's newest Town Council member. 

    Connell came out on top in the three-way race for the District 3 seat in the town's election Tuesday, March 19. 

    Connell received 38 votes (just over 53 percent). Charles Stroud got 24 votes (34 percent) and  William “Bill” Walters II got nine (13 percent). 

    Connell succeeds Randy Seegars, who decided not to seek re-election due to health reasons.

  • Smoke signal of a lifetime

    A steady drizzle fell on the packed crowd in St. Peter’s Square, raindrops bouncing off a sea of umbrellas, as Jordyn Faile turned her gaze upwards in search of white smoke.
    The third-year University of South Carolina Lancaster student, only hours away from the end of a week-long class trip through Italy, had been waiting patiently March 13 outside the Vatican in Rome for any signs that the Catholic Church’s 266th pope had been chosen.

  • Kershaw pledges support for L&C

    KERSHAW – Kershaw officials are onboard with a plan to provide substantial tax relief for L&C Railroad.
    At its Monday, March 18, meeting, Kershaw Town Council voted unanimously to accept L&C’s request to return to taxing levels before 2010.
    The vote was 6-0. Councilman Morris Russell was absent from Monday’s meeting.
    Because of state legislation (Act 388), the taxes L&C owes in the county have increased 450 percent since 2010, according to Steve Gedney, who oversees the railroad.

  • Lancaster County not immune from weekend wildfires

    South Carolina suffered a rash of wildfires across the state last weekend, three of which occurred in Lancaster County.
    In all, South Carolina firefighters and Forestry Commission personnel battled 131 wildfires over the weekend.
    Officials attributed the state’s dangerous fire conditions to a combination of low humidity, warm temperatures and wind gusts of up to 30 mph, conditions that prompted the Forestry Commission to issue a Red Flag Fire Alert.

  • Sims Foundation awards $908,0000 in grants

    J. Marion Sims Foundation
    Direct health services and health education are among the projects funded by the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s most recent grant awards.  
    Ten organizations are the recipients of grants totaling $908,605.

  • Clarification on Kershaw Town Council election

    The Kershaw Town Council election is Tuesday, March 19. The wrong date was published on Pages 1A and 2A in the Sunday, March 17, edition of The Lancaster News. Votes will be cast at Kershaw Recreation Center, 200 Close Circle. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. 

       

  • Half-staff flags honor Inez Baker

    Flags across the state will be flown at half-staff on Monday, March 18, 2013, in honor of Inez Baker. Baker, a Cayce resident and 26-year Army veteran, was killed in an attack on a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan on March 8.