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  • January county jobless rate is 14.6 percent

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate dropped in January, a trend that mirrors job growth statewide.

    According to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, unemployment in Lancaster County fell to 14.6 percent in January, a 1 percent drop from December’s rate of 15.6 percent. 

    Lancaster County had the state’s 12th highest unemployment rate in January. 

    The newest reported rate is 3 percent less than January 2010’s unemployment rate of 17.6 percent.

  • Catawba Basin in Stage 1 drought

    Lancaster County Water and Sewer District

    Lancaster County Water and Sewer District (LCWSD) officials re-emphasize that dry climatic conditions are responsible for the Catawba-Wateree Basin remaining in Stage 1 drought level of the low-inflow protocol. 

    The protocol is an agreement between major water users in the basin that establishes a shared responsibility and priorities to conserve the limited water supply.

  • Senate hopefuls to discuss issues

    Local residents will soon be able to hear from the three men hoping to become the next District 16 state senator. 

    Democrat Keith Brann, Republican Greg Gregory and Libertarian Stan Smith will appear at the Before You Vote candidates forum March 29 at the Bradley Arts and Science Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. 

    There will be a meet-and-greet session at 5:30 p.m. The forum is slated to run from 6 to 8 p.m. 

  • Sheriff’s office gets accreditation

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    It took months of preparation and hundreds of man hours, but the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was recognized this week as it became one of only 44 state law enforcement agencies to earn its accreditation. 

  • District report card improves
  • Spring break returns

    It’s official: Spring break is back on for the full school week of April 18-22 for Lancaster County students and their families.

    Earlier this year, county school officials co-opted Monday, April 18, and Tuesday, April 19 as make up days for classes missed due to dangerous road conditions during the snowy week of Jan. 11-14.

    County schools already made up two of the four days in February and March.

  • Rhodes still mayor of Kershaw

    KERSHAW - Wayne Rhodes will serve as Kershaw’s mayor for at least another four years.

    Rhodes defeated Donald McMaster in Tuesday’s mayor’s race, in which Rhodes received 209 votes (79 percent) compared to 56 for McMaster, who ran as a write-in candidate. 

    Rhodes is thankful for the victory and said the outcome affirms that the residents are happy with the direction the town is headed. 

  • 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.