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  • Unwanted county statistic

    For the second year in a row, Lancaster County was ranked one of the worst in South Carolina for motorcycle fatalities. 

    The rankings, which take into account all of the state’s 46 counties, were released earlier this month as part of AAA Carolinas’ annual list of dangerous counties for collisions. 

    The county ranked fourth in the study’s classification for best chance of being in a fatal crash, down two spots from its ranking in 2011. 

  • Local student performance on ACT shows improvement

     

    Lancaster County student performance overall on the ACT college entrance exam improved over last year, though changes made in the evaluation process make comparisons to past years difficult.

    The news comes as a result of ACT data released Wednesday, Aug. 21, by the S.C. Department of Education.

    ACT is a curriculum-based test intended to assess college-bound students’ academic skills and ability to complete college-level work.

  • County’s jobless rate declines in July

    Lancaster County saw a decline in its official unemployment rate from June to July, according to data released last week by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The county had a 10 percent unemployment rate for July, compared to 10.8 percent the month before.

    By comparison, the county’s unemployment rate was 12.4 percent in July 2012.

    Last month, the county had an official labor force of 32,097. Of that total, 3,206 residents were officially unemployed.

  • Bees Tell Workers To BUZZ Off

    A massive oak tree limb that crushed a house in Lancaster Monday morning, Aug. 19, contained a surprise for local first-responders – an equally impressive bee colony.

    The limb – measuring more than three feet in diameter – fell on the small house at 310 N. White St. just after 10 a.m. during heavy rain, according to Lancaster Fire Department Chief Chuck Small.

    The two men who lived in the rental home, neither of whom were injured, were still inside trying to stay dry when firefighters arrived.

  • Questions galore about Haile Gold Mine

    KERSHAW – How will potential activity at Kershaw’s Haile Gold Mine impact residential well use? Will nearby waterways and wildlife be negatively affected years after gold processing has concluded?

  • City awarded $50K grant for arts feasibility study

    The city of Lancaster is getting several thousands of dollars to see if the area can support what’s being called an arts business incubator.

  • Three injured in accident over York County line

    Three people, including the shepherd of one of Lancaster's largest church flocks and his wife, are recovering from an automobile accident in York County on Thursday morning, Aug. 22.

  • ResCare helps remove barriers to employment

    The purpose of a program that serves Lancaster and Chester counties is to help young people get the basics they need for employment. 

  • Second murder suspect arrested

    Ronald Reed Jr. – the second suspect wanted in connection to the Wednesday, Aug. 21, shooting death of Bryan Matthew Hatchel, 308 Harold Faulkenberry Road, Kershaw – is now in custody. Deputies arrested Reed at a Rocky River Road home about 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Check back later for details.     

  • Two charged in Kershaw area murder

    Two men were tracked down and arrested for murder within hours of the shooting death of a Kershaw man Wednesday evening, Aug. 21.