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  • Clinton Elementary overcoming challenges

    Lancaster County School Board members got the chance to hear about some of the good things going on at Lancaster’s Clinton Elementary School from Principal Rachel Ray and Assistant Principal Shirnetha Stinson during Tuesday’s meeting. 

    The school, with about 400 students in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, faces unique challenges among county schools, yet managed to make significant gains in performance this year.

  • Request for help still great in Lancaster County

    The official unemployment rate in Lancaster County for January was 14.6 percent.  

  • Help available at several county agencies

    Listed below are groups that offer regular assistance. It is not comprehensive, as more groups are rising to the occasion to meet community needs. 

    Many churches and other groups offer case by case assistance, periodic or seasonal help. For more information, call the 2-1-1 hotline.

  • Man sentenced for possessing firearm

    A Lancaster County man was recently sentenced to more than six years in prison on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

    Brandon O’Neil Broach, 30, of Lancaster County, received a six-and-a-half-year sentence in federal court in Columbia. 

    U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie also sentenced Broach to three years of supervised release following his prison sentence, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles. 

  • Foundation awards $912,000 in grants

    From Release

    Direct health services and health education are among the projects funded by the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s most recent grant awards. Twelve organizations are the recipients of grants totaling $912,257.

  • Man dies after being hit by car

    A Kershaw man was killed after he was hit by a car driven by a Heath Springs woman Tuesday morning.

    Robert Alan Wilson, 61, of Kershaw, died at the scene of the accident from blunt force trauma, said Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers. 

    The accident happened at 7:05 a.m. Tuesday as Wilson walked south on U.S. 521 at Youngs Bend Road in Kershaw County. Wilson was hit by a 2005 Nissan driven by Deborah Walker, 53, of Heath Springs, who was also traveling south on U.S. 521, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson, with the S.C. Highway Patrol. 

  • City allocates money for park repairs

     The city of Lancaster has allocated additional money to go toward improvements at parks throughout the city. 

    City Council voted unanimously March 8 to approve a request for funding by the Lancaster County Joint Recreation Commission, which oversees parks in the county. 

    The bulk of the approved $45,574 will be applied during the 2011-12 budget year, with just $4,184 being allocated this year. 

    Here’s a breakdown of the funding by park and year. 

    2010-11 fiscal year 

  • Seven arrested in gambling sting

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    A combination of undercover work and eyewitness tips helped a joint task force arrest seven people earlier this month for operating gambling machines in the county.  
    The six men and one woman were arrested March 1 following a February sting of three buildings conducted by the Lancaster County Drug Task Force and the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

  • Ryan’s closes its doors

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Locals will have to find another place to get their fixins of fried and baked chicken, vegetables and mashed potatoes that once decorated the buffet bar at Ryan’s Grill, Buffet & Bakery.
    The restaurant, located on S.C. 9 Bypass, has closed its doors after more than 18 years of operation in Lancaster. Its last day of business was Monday.

  • Staying Focused

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Miyu Sasaki’s story was supposed to be about her teaching internship at Lancaster’s Discovery Charter School.
    But all that changed about 12:46 a.m. Eastern Standard Time last Friday when the 22-year-old Nihon University student’s hometown of Sendai, Japan, was virtually leveled by the most powerful earthquake in the country’s recorded history.
    A city of more than 1 million people, Sendai is the city closest to the epicenter of Friday’s 9.0 earthquake.