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  • Sequestration changes coming to unemployment benefits

    COLUMBIA – Starting this month, South Carolinians who receive federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) will see a reduction in benefits as a result of federal sequestration.

    Sequestration imposed automatic, across-the-board spending cuts to the federal budget from March 1 through September 30. This will not affect claimants who are on the first 20 weeks of state-funded unemployment insurance benefits.

  • Fleeing robbery suspect runs out of gas

    A man accused of snatching money from the cash register at a community store Monday, May 20, wasn’t on the lam long before a series of bumbling mistakes led to his capture by a swarm of sheriff’s deputies and a K-9.

    James Marvin McDonald, 35, of Concord, N.C., is charged with strong arm robbery of Camp Creek Grocery, 2366 Camp Creek Road.

    “We got ‘em,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile minutes after McDonald was in custody.

  • Council discusses closing up historic jail

    A tight county budget and differing opinions on how best to use the county’s historic jail may keep the building unused a little longer than expected.
    County Administrator Steve Willis brought the issue up for discussion at Lancaster County Council’s Monday, May 13 meeting.
    Council has been mulling options for how best to use the building, located on West Gay Street, since discovering severe cracks in its ceiling in June 2010.
    Talks began again last month after stabilization work on the ceilings and walls was finally completed.

  • Store manager arrested for indecent exposure

    Concord, N.C. – The manager of Lancaster’s Belk department store was arrested Wednesday, May 15, in Concord after someone called 911 to report he was naked and touching himself outside a public shopping center.
    Chris Brien Clark, 46, of Indian Trail, N.C., was arrested at 10:16 a.m. on charges of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct/disturbing the peace, according to a Concord (N.C.) Police Department arrest report.
    Police officers responded to the 7700 block of Bruton Smith Boulevard in Concord about reports of a man exposing himself outside.

  • Fire burns home, outbuilding

    A group of firefighters tackled a blaze at a Culp Landsford Road home at about 1:27 p.m. Thursday, May 16, though the damage was extensive.
    Deputies responded to the 1300 block of Culp Landsford Road about a structure fire, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. A 29-year-old man told deputies he started a fire to burn a stump in his back yard. He stated the fire then spread quickly to a small storage building a short distance from the stump and then burned a large portion of the back of his home, the report said.

  • Annual 4-H fundraiser at Tractor Supply ends today

    CHEVY CHASE, MD – Today, May 19, is the final day of the spring 4-H Paper Clover Campaign at Tractor Supply.
    Now in its third year, the national in-store fundraiser benefits state and local 4-H programs across the United States including Lancaster County.
    Tractor Supply Company shoppers in nearly 1,000 communities can buy paper clovers for a $1, $5, or more donation at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and support 4-H youth development program activities in their communities.

  • High schools to hold baccalaureate services beginning Thursday

    Baccalaureate services are among the oldest educational traditions dating back nearly 580 years to the United Kingdom’s University of Oxford, a service to celebrate young lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.
    While the modern tradition does away with the Medieval practice of calling on graduating “bachelors” to deliver sermons in Latin, the tradition is still significant as a solemn farewell to students’ school years and an encouraging send off into their lives beyond.

  • Reserve money to fund new 911 recorder for city

    Reserve money will be used to ensure the city of Lancaster’s 911 system is meeting state standards.
    At its Tuesday, May 14, meeting, City Council voted unanimously to use up to $12,000 to buy a new digital recorder for the 911 emergency telephone lines at the Municipal Justice Center.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard said the current digital recorder no longer operates to its fullest capacity.

  • Reserve money to fund new 911 recorder for city

    Reserve money will be used to ensure the city of Lancaster’s 911 system is meeting state standards.
    At its Tuesday, May 14, meeting, City Council voted unanimously to use up to $12,000 to buy a new digital recorder for the 911 emergency telephone lines at the Municipal Justice Center.
    Lancaster Police Chief Harlean Howard said the current digital recorder no longer operates to its fullest capacity.

  • Catawba Regional Job Fair is Thursday in Richburg

    Regional workforce and local economic development agencies in Lancaster, Chester and York counties have joined forces to host a regional job fair Thursday, May 23.
    The Catawba Regional Job Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Conference Center at the Gateway, 3200 Commerce Drive, Suite C (the former Nourse Auto Mall), in Richburg.
    Organizers have pulled together more than 20 companies offering more than 500 jobs between them,  ranging from administrative positions to manufacturing.