• Jobless rate up in S.C., county

    Jesef Williams
    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate is back up to 13 percent, mirroring a statewide trend that saw the rate rise in most counties from May to June.
    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce released June unemployment figures earlier this month.
    Lancaster County’s jobless rate went from 12.3 percent in May to 13 percent in June. Its reported labor force is now 31,119. Of that total, 4,032 are unemployed.

  • Caskey charged with forgery

    Christopher Sardelli
    A former Lancaster County Recreation Department employee was arrested on 68 forgery charges Thursday, July 26, following an investigation by state authorities.
    Cecil Scott Caskey, 50, 1190 Peach Farm Road, was charged with 30 counts of forgery less than $5,000 and 38 counts of forgery less than $10,000, according to arrest warrants released Friday by the S.C. Law Enforcement Division.

  • From fruit to fine art

    Jesef Williams
    Once upon a time, they hung from vines and carried the type of weight that resembled  a watermelon.
    Now, they exist as art pieces that can be passed along as gifts or kept as part of your own home decoration display.
    Who knew gourds could hold such aesthetic value?
    Dianne Mahaffee, an art teacher at Lancaster High School, has known about the usefulness of gourds for years, and just wrapped up a class that focused primarily on the circular fruit.

  • TRiO program celebrates 15 years at USCL

    Reece Murphy
    They’re celebrating over at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s TRiO program.
    In a world of public educational initiatives, where funding is often based more on the political climate than a program’s proven effectiveness, the TRiO program has managed to thrive – and this year the program is celebrating an important milestone.

  • Summer Day concert at IL library Tuesday

    Ashley Lowrimore
    Del Webb Library at Indian Land
    “Sing loud, jump high and Dream Big!”
    If popular children’s entertainer Roger Day has anything to say about it, children and adults will do exactly that at an end-of-the-summer family concert Tuesday, July 31, at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

  • Local ministry helps Owsley County, Ky.

    Christ Life
    Evangelical Ministries
    Seven members of Christ Life Evangelical Ministries and volunteers spent eight days, from June 2-9, working in Owsley County, Ky., the most impoverished county in the United States, according to the 2010 Census.
    The group conducted nightly revival meetings, daily children’s outreach programs, distributed food to those in  need and participated in a drug march and rally to reclaim Owsley County and get drugs out of the county.

  • Thompson named S.C. Deputy of the Year

    They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, but in the case of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, lightning just struck for a third time.
    Following in the footsteps of two of his fellow co-workers, sheriff’s Investigator Fred Thompson learned earlier this month he has received statewide recognition for his duties at the sheriff’s office.
    A member of the department since 1999, Thompson was recently named South Carolina’s Deputy Sheriff of the Year by the S.C. Sheriff’s Association.

  • Man armed with ax arrested

    Deputies arrested a Lancaster man early Wednesday, July 25, after he walked into a restaurant wielding an ax.
    David Leroy Deese, 45, of 2562 Cane Mill Road, was arrested and charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.  
    Deputies responded shortly after 5:30 a.m. to a report of an armed robbery at Rusty’s Grill, 2423 Pineview Drive.

  • Youth substance abuse prevention conference next week

    How do you get organizations and key people in rural communities involved in helping prevent youth substance abuse?
    That’s the question the Coalition for Healthy Youth and Lancaster County Partners for Youth hope to answer for attendees of their 2012 Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities conference next week.
    This year’s conference will emphasize Reaching Out to Missing Partners.
    The fifth annual conference is Wednesday, Aug. 1, through Friday, Aug. 3, at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • City Council OKs $63,500 for paving

    Work continues on the site that will serve as the new home for the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies program.
    In October 2011, the city of Lancaster bought the downtown Main Street building that used to be the Badcock furniture store and later The Artisans Center.
    Plans are for USCL to use the space to display its extensive Catawba Indian pottery and archive collections, to feature classrooms and to host lectures and other special events.