• Lancaster County’s jobless rate declines in August

    Jesef Williams
    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate experienced a drop in August, though the numbers may be a result of fewer people in the work force.
    The county had an August jobless rate of 12.4 percent, a decline from the 13 percent posted in July. By  comparison, the August 2011 jobless rate for Lancaster County was 14.4 percent, according to figures released Friday, Sept. 21, by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

  • Council to discuss LCEDC issues Monday

    Christopher Sardelli
    Lancaster County Council will discuss several items related to economic development at its Monday meeting, Sept. 24.
    Council will first discuss a proposal from the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. designed to generate funds for activities such as marketing and workforce development.

  • Kershaw leaders talk trash at meeting

    Jesef Williams
    KERSHAW – A good bit of trash talk took place at the Monday, Sept. 17, Kershaw Town Council meeting.
    No, there wasn’t any arguing or taunting.
    Rather, council members discussed a proposal to place new requirements for residents regarding their household garbage.
    Town Council voted 6-0 on first reading of an ordinance to amend an existing town ordinance that pertains to containers for residential garbage-collection containers.
    Councilman Randy Seegars was absent Monday.

  • Kershaw health center to close

    Jesef Williams
    Lancaster County residents are sure to be affected by the closing of two public health facilities in the area.
    S.C. Department of Heath and Environmental Control announced Thursday, Sept. 20, that the Kershaw Health Center and the Great Falls Health Center will both close at the end of the year.
    Services at the Kershaw center, located at 3855 Fork Hill Road, will be consolidated into the main Lancaster County Public Heath Department at 1833 Pageland Highway, Lancaster, according to a DHEC media release.

  • Moore gets high marks from school board

    Reece Murphy
    Lancaster County School District board members are happy with Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore, according to the results of this year’s evaluation.
    School board chairman Bobby Parker commended Moore on behalf of the board during the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18.

  • LCEDC raise irks council member

    The acceptance of funds to cover a pay raise for the county’s economic development president did not sit well with one county official this week. 

    In an e-mail to his fellow council members, sent on Wednesday, Sept. 19, Lancaster County Councilman Larry Honeycutt expressed displeasure with a 10 percent pay hike for Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell.

  • Look Who’s Cooking 2012

    On paper, the group that Evelyn Springs leads each fall during the annual Walk for Autism at Charlotte Motor Speedway is called Mailk’s Team, in honor of her grandson, who was diagnosed with the disorder at age 2.

    But at the upcoming “Lancaster Cooks 2012 – Look Who’s Cooking” fundraising banquet at the Fairway Room set for Sept. 25, Springs said it’s obvious who the real team is. She said it's the 200-plus people who attend the annual event.

  • Heath Springs council adopts new pay ordinance

    HEATH SPRINGS – No show. No pay.

    That’s the new expectation in Heath Springs as a new ordinance comes on the books regarding meeting attendance.

    On Tuesday, Sept. 18, Town Council unanimously approved final reading of an ordinance that withholds a councilman or councilwoman’s pay if he or she misses a regular monthly meeting.

    All five council members attended Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Springs Memorial earns national recognition

    For two consecutive years, Springs Memorial Hospital has received a coveted national recognition.

    The Lancaster hospital was named one of the United States’ top performers of key quality measures by The Joint Commission – the leading accreditor of health-care organizations in America.

    SMH is one of 620 hospitals nationwide to earn the distinction in performance benchmarks, according to a media release issued Wednesday, Sept. 19.

  • State treasurer’s forum teaches financial fraud prevention

    S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis visited Sun City Carolina Lakes on Monday, Sept. 17, as part of his financial literacy tour aimed at teaching residents ways to protect themselves from identity theft and financial fraud.

    The Carolina Lakes stop of the Safe, Smart and Secure tour was the first of four statewide stops for the event sponsored by Loftis, MasterCard and the AARP.