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  • Unemployment rate for Lancaster County remains at 12.7 percent

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate was unchanged from December to January, while the state’s rate fell slightly during that time span, according to figures released earlier this month by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

    The January rates didn’t appear until March because of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ annual benchmarking and revision process. 

  • Police search for men in shooting incident

    Dozens of officers combed the area around two Chesterfield Avenue crime scenes late Monday, afternoon, March 26, as they searched for suspects in a shooting incident. 

    Officers responded to the 700 block of Chesterfield Avenue at 4:19 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about a fight with shots fired, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Police respond to possible shooting on Chesterfield Avenue

     The Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster County EMS responded to a possible shooting along the 700 block of Chesterfield Avenue near 903 Discount Beverage just after 4:15 p.m. Monday. Check back later for updates.    

  • Taking it to the streets

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
     Danny Terry has been exercising his First Amendment right lately, with Haile Gold Mine Inc. as the target.
    Terry, who lives in the county’s Flat Creek area, is opposed to the operations at the gold mine, located just east of the town of Kershaw. So he’s decided to voice those concerns through peaceful demonstrations.

  • Council reviewing Brooklyn properties

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Gang graffiti, strewn trash and houses stripped of their siding by thieves are just some of the reasons Lancaster County Council is considering accepting the potential donation of three pieces of property located in the county’s Brooklyn neighborhood.

  • Rabies vaccination clinics begin April 3

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Listen up, pet owners.
    The time has arrived to schedule rabies vaccinations for your cats and dogs.
    Faulkner Animal Hospital in Lancaster is once again holding vaccination clinics throughout the county. Residents are urged to bring their cats and dogs to get a rabies shot, which is $5.
    The vaccinations are required by state law.  
    “We just encourage all pet owners to come out and get the shots,” clinic facilitator Randie Horton said. “They are important.”

  • Schools rack up Palmetto Awards

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Nearly all of Lancaster County’s schools won Palmetto Gold or Silver Awards this year a dramatic change that come as the result of changes in judging criteria.
    Now in its 11th year, the annual Palmetto Gold and Silver awards recognize schools for academic achievement and high rates of improvement.
    The awards are granted in two categories, general performance and closing the achievement gap based on data from the state’s annual school report cards.

  • Deputies investigate double murder

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    A shooting at a night club resulted in the deaths of two Lancaster men Friday night, one of whom was a suspect in a 2010 murder recently released on bond.
    The shooting came just hours after an unrelated incident in Heath Springs in which a woman reportedly shot her boyfriend.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were dispatched to the “The Café” night club on Old Landsford Road in Lancaster at 10:57 p.m. Old Landsford Road.

  • Kershaw NAACP focuses on promoting goodwill

    KERSHAW – On Saturday, residents, community leaders and representatives of local businesses participated in the annual Kershaw Freedom Fund Banquet held at the Andrew Jackson Recreation Center.

    The banquet, sponsored by the Kershaw branch of the NAACP, was a time to promote goodwill, organizers say.

  • Local Habitat for Humanity warns of possible scam

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County is urging people to be aware of possible scam artists posing as Habitat fundraisers.

    There have been reports of people selling T-shirts and magazine subscriptions saying the money goes to Habitat for Humanity.

    Habitat has not authorized national or  local fundraisers of this kind, said Nita Brown, director of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County.