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  • County’s jobless rate declines

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate dropped in September by 1.4 percent to 15.7 percent.
    The county’s jobless rate, however, remains above both the state and national rate.
    In September, the nation’s jobless rate stood at 9.6 percent, where it has been for much of 2010. The state’s jobless rate declined slightly in September to 11 percent.
    The state’s jobless rate in August was 11.1 percent. South Carolina had the sixth-highest jobless rate in the nation in September.

  • Time for students to apply for Leroy Springs loans

    Applications for  Leroy Springs student loans will be available on Nov. 1 for students seeking assistance for college costs for the spring semester. The deadline for receipt of applications is Dec. 1.
    The Springs Close Foundation Inc. has made 133 interest-free loans so far this year to college students who live in Lancaster County and the Chester and Fort Mill areas.  

  • New life for old church

    The Olde Presbyterian Church on West Gay Street had a few bats in its belfry before a renovation project began last year.
    Well, not exactly. The bats, more than a few – try 1,500 to 2,000 – found a home in the attic, not the belfry, of the roughly 140-year-old church.
    Two species of bats, the little brown bat and Mexican free-tailed bat, colonized in the attic, raising generations of bats for at least 20 years, said Jason Peeples of Forest and Wildlife Innovations, a company that specializes in removing nuisance animals from populated areas.

  • J. Marion Sims Foundation elects new officers

    Members of the medical and legal professions have been elected to positions of leadership by the board of trustees of the J. Marion Sims Foundation.
    Dr. R. Malcolm Edwards, a Lancaster ophthalmologist with The Eye and Laser Center, has been elected chairman of the board.  
    Robert K. Folks, a partner in the law firm of Folks, Khoury and DeVenny, has been elected vice chairman.
    Pamela Y. Temple of Great Falls, a medical professional with two decades’ experience in health care, has been elected secretary.  

  • Couple ties the knot at Cowboy Church

    Carolina Cowboy Church recently held its very first wedding.  
    Richard Hayes Sr. and Debbie Gower were married Sept. 2 by Pastor Jack Nunn.  
    Richard said it’s amazing how he and Debbie met.  
    He was diagnosed with cancer in October 2008 and had to begin chemotherapy treatments. He was sent to Carolina Blood and Cancer Associates, where she is an oncology nurse.  
    They talked when Richard went in for treatments.

  • Former trooper helps other cope with stress disorder

    John Rutledge Jr. expected to have a long career in law enforcement.
    Rutledge, 33, followed in the foot steps of his father, John Rutledge Sr., who also served in law enforcement and the military.
    Rutledge got his start at the Chester County Detention Center in 1996, and then came to work as a correctional officer at the Lancaster County Detention Center a year later.
    In 1998, he was hired at the Lancaster Police Department, where he worked as a patrol officer, K-9 handler, SWAT officer and school resource officer.

  • Scenario teaches police how to curb underage drinking

    A crowd of underage drinkers clutching cups of alcohol. Stacks of pizza boxes and piles of empty beer cans. Loud music blasting from a boombox.

    That was the scene at a party on Standing Timber Lane in Lancaster before police officers descended on the celebration.

    Partygoers scattered in every direction, but the officers were prepared and quickly herded the group together.

    Officers collected evidence and conducted multiple interviews and breath tests, but this was not a typical party bust.

  • USDA program helps family buy their first home

    For years, Carolyn Taylor dreamed of being a home owner. And thanks in part to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that dream is now a reality.

    Carolyn Taylor, who lived in public housing for more than nine years, bought her first home in March.

    She moved into a 1,300-square-foot house on Froebe Drive after being approved for a Section 502 loan from the USDA's Rural Development. The loans are mainly used to help low-income families buy homes in rural areas.

  • Organizers hope air show will attract big crowds

    Organizers of an air show at the Lancaster County Airport/McWhirter Field hope the event will draw people from all over the region.

    The 2008 Palmetto Thunder Air Show, slated for May 17 and 18, will feature action from jets, helicopters and World War II-era bombers.

    See Lancaster Executive Director Frank Keel, one of the event's local organizers, hopes for $120,000 in ticket sales and 10,000 people each day.

  • Thomas: Former Continental workers should have say

    County Council unanimously approved first reading Monday night to approve a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement with MacMillan Investments.

    MacMillan Investments is likely better known for its lease to a corporate headquarters for Continental Tire. MacMillan Investments is part of Springland and Forsite Development.

    Continental Tire will move 300 employees to a 75,000-square-foot building at McMillan Business Park on S.C. 160, a $10 million investment. Contractors have finished grading, and construction is expected to be completed in early 2009,