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  • Closet Ministry to host free shopping day Saturday

    August is here, which means it’s almost time to head back to school. Do you have all the clothing and materials needed for a smooth start?

    If not, there will be plenty of assistance available Saturday, Aug. 4., at Second Baptist Church, 1426 Great Falls Highway, Lancaster.

    That’s when The Closet Ministry will host what’s become its annual back-to-school free shopping day. It’s open to anyone in need of clothing.

  • Federal judge sentences Brackett to 15 months

    ABERDEEN, Miss. – A Lancaster man has been sentenced to prison for his role in a black-market cigarette conspiracy.

    According to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, in mid-July, U.S. District Judge Sharon Aycock sentenced Fred Brackett to 15 months in prison and ordered him to pay $206,000 in restitution.

    Brackett, owner of FB Enterprises on Charlotte Highway, will be allowed to turn himself in at a designated prison on Sept. 10. It is unknown where that prison is.

  • Hospital pledges faster, more efficient ER care

    Today marks the start of Springs Memorial Hospital’s pledge to treat emergency patients faster and more efficiently.

    According to a press release issued Tuesday, the hospital has launched its 45-Minute ER Commitment, an effort to ensure that people who come to the emergency room are offered quality care as soon as possible, said Karen Martin, SMH chief nursing officer.

  • Lancaster man found dead in Chester County

    Authorities are still investigating the death of a Lancaster man whose body was found in the middle of a Chester County road Sunday, July 29.

    Chester County deputies found the body of Michael Terry, 39, 205 N. French St., only minutes after responding to a sexual assault call along the same road, according to information released Monday by Chester County Sheriff Richard Smith.

  • Jobless rate up in S.C., county

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate is back up to 13 percent, mirroring a statewide trend that saw the rate rise in most counties from May to June.
    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce released June unemployment figures earlier this month.
    Lancaster County’s jobless rate went from 12.3 percent in May to 13 percent in June. Its reported labor force is now 31,119. Of that total, 4,032 are unemployed.

  • Caskey charged with forgery

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A former Lancaster County Recreation Department employee was arrested on 68 forgery charges Thursday, July 26, following an investigation by state authorities.
    Cecil Scott Caskey, 50, 1190 Peach Farm Road, was charged with 30 counts of forgery less than $5,000 and 38 counts of forgery less than $10,000, according to arrest warrants released Friday by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

  • From fruit to fine art

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Once upon a time, they hung from vines and carried the type of weight that resembled  a watermelon.
    Now, they exist as art pieces that can be passed along as gifts or kept as part of your own home decoration display.
    Who knew gourds could hold such aesthetic value?
    Dianne Mahaffee, an art teacher at Lancaster High School, has known about the usefulness of gourds for years, and just wrapped up a class that focused primarily on the circular fruit.

  • TRiO program celebrates 15 years at USCL

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    They’re celebrating over at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s TRiO program.
    In a world of public educational initiatives, where funding is often based more on the political climate than a program’s proven effectiveness, the TRiO program has managed to thrive – and this year the program is celebrating an important milestone.

  • Summer Day concert at IL library Tuesday

    Ashley Lowrimore
    Del Webb Library at Indian Land
    “Sing loud, jump high and Dream Big!”
    If popular children’s entertainer Roger Day has anything to say about it, children and adults will do exactly that at an end-of-the-summer family concert Tuesday, July 31, at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

  • Local ministry helps Owsley County, Ky.

    Christ Life
    Evangelical Ministries
    Seven members of Christ Life Evangelical Ministries and volunteers spent eight days, from June 2-9, working in Owsley County, Ky., the most impoverished county in the United States, according to the 2010 Census.
    The group conducted nightly revival meetings, daily children’s outreach programs, distributed food to those in  need and participated in a drug march and rally to reclaim Owsley County and get drugs out of the county.