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  • Barry leaves outstanding track record

    When the Andrew Jackson High School Class of 2012 graduates in just a few short weeks, it will not only mark those students’ farewell to AJ High, but also an end of an era in public education.
    AJ Principal Mary Barry recently announced she will retire from her post at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.
    Barry had hoped to work one more year, but her decision was based on the care needed by her elderly mother in Detroit.
    Barry’s retirement ends a wonderful career in public service.

  • SLED investigating HOPE breach

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    An organization known for helping local families in need is suddenly in need itself, as authorities investigate a recent theft at HOPE in Lancaster.
    The 501-(c) 3, non-profit group, which provides assistance with food and utility bills to area families, announced the theft in a press release sent Friday, May 4.
    “(HOPE) recently experienced a breach in the data stored on its computer through the theft of computer equipment,” according to the release.

  • Cook, Coy taken off ballot

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Two of the candidates running for the S.C. House 44 seat will not appear on the June 10 primary ballot.
    Democrat Bob Cook of Kershaw and Republican Joseph Coy of Heath Springs are among nearly 200 candidates statewide affected by last week’s S.C. Supreme Court ruling.
    The ruling, issued on Wednesday, affirms a law saying that candidates who did not file a statement of candidacy the same time they filed their statement of economic interest (SEI) could not be certified to seek office.

  • Recycling Ruckus

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    INDIAN LAND – By now, clashes between industry and upper-Panhandle residents as a result of the area’s uneven zoning are well documented; and now there’s another, this time between residents and an Indian Land recycler.
    As part one of a two-part series this week and next, we’ll look at the tensions between the two parties and examine some of the issues behind it.

  • James Williams devises unique way to say thanks

    Gregory A. Summers
    gsummers@thelancasternews.com
    Saying thanks isn’t very hard if you know how.
    James Williams did just that Saturday in his own unassuming way by walking across the Colonial Life Center stage during commencement exercises at the University of South Carolina.
    Williams, only 19, has a lot of people to say thanks to and earning a college degree in social work is his way of doing that.

  • Pantry at HOPE in Lancaster almost bare

    By now, you have probably read the story  on Page 1A about the investigation of the missing money and a missing computer at HOPE in Lancaster.
    If that wasn’t bad enough, there is another pressing issue, too.
    The annual Stamp Out Hunger! food drive set for Saturday, May 12, is a godsend for the agency, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Somebody a lot smarter than me once said a picture is worth a thousand words and I had to see it for myself.

  • Lancaster retiree wins $200,000 in scratch-off lottery ticket game

    S.C. Education Lottery
    A retired Lancaster man has won $200,000 on a scratch-off ticket.
    He beat the 1 in 480,000 odds on the $10 Money Mania scratch-off  ticket to take home the game’s last top prize of $200,000. He told lottery officials the most he had won before was $500.
    The man said he intends to pay off his bills and take a long overdue vacation.

  • Sheriff presents details of potential deputy grant

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    In preparation for a potential grant that could fund five new sheriff’s deputies, Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile recently discussed his plans for the funding.
    Faile spoke at Lancaster County Council’s April 23 meeting about a grant council recently approved to submit to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Educator’s Hall of Fame adds four

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    The Lancaster County School District inducted four new educators into its Hall of Fame during this year’s Celebration of Excellence on Monday, April 30.
    The district established the institution eight years ago.
    The new inductees – Dr. Peter Barry, Charles Clark, Mary Mackey Roberton and Walter Tillman –  bring the number of county educators in the Hall of Fame to 32.
    Dr. Peter Barry

  • Lancaster’s jobless rate now at 11.6 percent

    Jesef Williams
    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com
    Lancaster County’s official unemployment rate declined by exactly 1 percent in March, following a statewide and national trend, according to statistics released late last month by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.
    The county’s jobless rate for March was 11.6 percent, an improvement from 12.6 the month before. In March 2011, the county posted 13.8 percent.