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  • Jobless rate falls for October

    Jesef Williams 

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com 

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate fell considerably last month, according to recent figures from the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

    The county posted an unemployment clip of 13.7 percent for October, compared to the 14.9 percent for September. That places the county at 13th in the state. The rate a year ago in Lancaster County was 14.6. 

  • Two die in separate Lancaster accidents

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    Two people died in separate vehicle crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday. 

    The first accident involved a Great Falls man, who died after he was thrown from his motorcycle after hitting a car on Thanksgiving Day. 

    The crash happened at 7 p.m., about 1.3 miles north of Great Falls along S.C. 97, according to  S.C. Highway Patrol reports. 

  • The Hinson Girls strumming for fame

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com

    Up on stage, the members of The Hinson Girls bluegrass band out of Van Wyck seem like naturals with an at-ease performing style that’s the hallmark of seasoned musicians.

    Maybe that’s why it comes as such a surprise to learn the girls – Katelyn, 12, on mandolin and lead vocals, Kristin, 16, on guitar and fiddle, and 14-year-old twins Allison and Melissa on banjo and bass – played their first formal show in February.

  • Man shot on porch, shootings elsewhere in city

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    Police are on the hunt for two men wanted in the shooting of another man Sunday night.

    Lancaster police officers responded to a house in the 100 block of South Gregory Street at 8:20 p.m. about a man shot on a porch, according to a police department press release. 

    The victim, an 18-year-old Lancaster man, was sitting on the front porch of a friend’s home when two men he knows walked toward him. 

  • Injured motorcyclist recovering in hospital

    Reece Murphy

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.coom

    A Lancaster man injured in a motorcycle accident two weeks ago is recovering but remains hospitalized, friends said.

    Larry Pierce Altman, 62, was injured about 9 a.m. Nov. 19 while on his way to Second Baptist Church to meet fellow members of the church’s motorcycle ministry before heading out for a charity bike ride in King’s Mountain.

  • Man clips power pole, flips car near downtown

    Reece Murphy 

    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com 

    and Chris Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    A man suffered non-life-threatening injuries after dramatically flipping his car Monday on a downtown-area street in Lancaster.

    The accident was the second of a similar nature in less than two weeks. 

    Lancaster Police Capt. Paul Smith said Monday's accident occurred around 2:25 p.m. on West Barr Street between Catawba and Main streets. 

  • Willie Robert Foster, 57

    Willie Robert Foster, 57

    Willie Robert Foster, 57 died Monday, Nov. 28, 2011.

    He was the son of the late Willie and Lucille Barber Foster.

    Survivors include a son, Derrick Foster of Lancaster; a daughter, Jerrika Foster of Lancaster; six sisters, Wilma Limous, Diane Foster, Debra Foster and Octavia Grier, all of Lancaster and Sharon F. Dorsey of New Haven, Conn., and Martha Foster of Rock Hill; two brothers, Dickey Foster of Van Wyck and Thomas B. Foster of Lancaster.

  • Man shot on porch

    Christopher Sardelli
    csardelli@thelancasternews.com
    Police are on the hunt for two men wanted in the shooting of another man Sunday night.
    Lancaster police officers responded to a house in the 100 block of S. Gregory St. at 8:20 p.m. about a man shot on a porch, according to a police department press release.
    The victim, an 18-year-old Lancaster man, was sitting on the front porch of a friend's home when two men he knew walked toward him.

  • Small named new city fire chief

    Jesef Williams 

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com 

    The city of Lancaster looked within to find its new fire chief. 

    On Tuesday, City Council voted unanimously to name Chuck Small chief of the Lancaster Fire Department. 

    He succeeds Chris Nunnery, who recently stepped down to take a job as the county’s 911 director. 

    A Lancaster native, Small, 53, has been with the department since 1978. He’s been its battalion chief for the last five years. 

  • Black Friday shoppers scramble for deals

    Chris Sardelli 

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    A precarious tower of boxes teetered back and forth inside Kaye Eubank’s shopping cart Friday morning as she slowly walked the aisles of Walmart.