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  • School district selects Thorpe as new ILMS principal

    Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore has named Lancaster High School Assistant Principal Chris Thorpe as Indian Land Middle School’s new principal.

    Thorpe, 38, will replace outgoing ILMS Principal David McDonald, who accepted a position with Greenville School District as principal of Northwest Middle School in Traveler’s Rest.

    A 15-year veteran in the school district, Thorpe helped in the development of LHS Ninth Grade Academy as a teacher, and has led the program since 2005 as an assistant principal.

  • County’s jobless rate rises in May

    Lancaster County saw an increase in its jobless rate from April to May, according to data released last week by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The county had a 10.2 unemployment rate for May, compared to 9.9 percent the month before.

    By comparison, the county’s May 2012 unemployment rate was 11.5 percent.

    Last month, Lancaster County had an official labor force of 32,464. 

    Of that total, 3,311 residents were officially unemployed.

  • Budget passes, tempers flare at County Council meeting

    Leaning sideways on the podium and looking Councilman Jack Estridge straight in the eye, Clay Catoe loudly and irritably explained his feelings about reallocating his current staff of paramedics Monday night, June 24. 

    “Jack, I’ve told you before and I’ll tell you again, if you put it in writing, I’ll do it, but I prefer to keep them where they are,” Catoe forcefully said during Lancaster County Council’s meeting. 

  • USCL to close Diabetes Education Clinic

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster announced it will close its Diabetes Education Clinic next month.

    In a press release Monday, June 24, USCL Dean Walt Collins III said he was forced to make the decision due to declining insurance reimbursements and increasing delivery costs over the last several years.

    University officials said the clinic’s last day is July 12.

  • Two men sentenced in Morris murder

    One year and a few days after Lancaster native Donald Morris was found shot to death inside his home, two local men were sentenced in the case Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21.

    Jeremy L. Thomas, 24, and Brian Keith Campbell, 20, both of Lancaster, received varying sentences for their roles in the burglary, robbery and murder of Morris in two separate incidents, which occurred on June 13 and June 18, 2012, according to a press release from 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield.

  • Man needs stitches after surprise assault

    A Kershaw resident needed stitches after he was reportedly attacked by two men Friday, June 21.

    The victim, 37, told deputies he had left his Spring Street home early that morning and walked to a home on East Third Street in Kershaw. He was looking for a man who lives there, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The man wasn’t there, but his girlfriend was. The victim said he left.

    When the victim reached Carolina Street, he saw the man. 

  • Brooklyn Avenue gets new community park

    “Years ago, the Brooklyn Avenue-area was a place full of families and children. In recent years it’s changed, and hopefully this park will help to reverse that and give the kids here something to do,” said County Adminstrator Steve Willis at the dedication of Stafford Belk Park on Friday, June 21, in the historic Brooklyn Avenue neighborhood.
    Willis said the new park is just one part of the county’s plans to revitalize the area.

  • The kitchen is closed

    CHESTER –The City of Chester’s loss could prove to be Lancaster County's financial gain.
    Plans for a commercial kitchen that was supposed to locate in Chester’s new farmer’s and artisan’s market and serve as the centerpiece of an economic incubator in downtown have been scrapped.
    The plan apparently fell apart last week at a City of Chester finance committee meeting.

  • ‘Project Gamecock’ revealed as DLS Tire

    Plans for a new company to invest several million dollars and create 50 new jobs, once dubbed only as “Project Gamecock,” were revealed during Lancaster County Council’s meeting June 10.
    During the meeting, council approved a resolution to enter into a fee-in-lieu-of-tax (FILOT) agreement with DLS Tire Centers Inc. by a vote of 6-0. Councilman Larry Honeycutt left the meeting early and was absent from the vote.

  • Makin' Hay At The Airport

    Farmers are known for their patience, but Elvin D. “Donnie” Wright Jr., takes it to the extreme.
    Wright, recently named the 2013 Conservation Farmer of the Year by the Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District, grinned as he brushed his hand through the waist-high grass along the sloping hill behind Lancaster County Airport.
    “I just enjoy farming,” Wright said as he watched a small plane touch down on the airport runway. “Don’t get me wrong – it’s a lot of work, but I like it.”