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Local News

  • Jobless rate up in May

    Overall unemployment in the Palmetto State has experienced a trend where figures have consistently dropped, according to May employment data released June 19 from S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW).
    The number of working South Carolinians reached an estimated high of more than 2.1 million people, the data said.
    Thousands of people have found work since May 2014.
    “I’m encouraged that 65,000 more South Carolinians are working today than a year ago,” said DEW Executive Director Cheryl Stanton.

  • School board approves budget

    Bus driver raises, technology upgrades and new classrooms for Indian Land Middle School will all be funded in the newly approved Lancaster County School District 2015-16 budget.
    With a unanimous show of hands, and no comments from the public, members of the Lancaster County school board approved the district’s fiscal year 2015-16 operating and debt services budgets on Tuesday night, June 23.

  • Lancaster Rotary celebrates 75 years

    The Lancaster Rotary Club celebrated its 75th anniversary with fanfare and fun Thursday, June 25, at the University of South Carolina Lancaster Carole Ray Dowling Center.
    Susan Rowell, outgoing club president, welcomed the crowd of more than 75 to the momentous occasion.
    A proclamation was presented to the club by fellow Rotarians, Lancaster County Council Chairman Bob Bundy and Councilwoman Charlene McGriff. The proclamation declared June 25 Rotary Day in Lancaster County.

  • County sets new budget

    Following yet another back-and-forth discussion about funding for the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., county officials gave final approval to the county’s 2015-16 fiscal budget on Monday, June 22.
    Despite ultimately voting against providing additional funds to LCEDC, besides what has already been allocated ($392,351), council unanimously approved the budget during the meeting.
    The total estimated budget for the 2015-16 general fund is $44,906,126, with the general fund millage increasing from last year’s 78 mills to 80.8 mills.

  • City council members explain vote

    During last week’s Lancaster city council meeting, an amendment was added during the budget approval process to remove $10,000 from the municipality’s $23.8 million 2015-16 fiscal budget.
    That amount funds Community Powerhouse, a church-based program.
    Some council members argued that funding a religious organization with taxpayer money is prohibited by state law.
    However, the majority of council said the money was for a church-based program which benefits the public as a whole.

  • Did city council vote break state law?

    Did four members of Lancaster City Council break state law this week when they voted to give $10,000 in public taxpayer money from the municipality’s general fund to a religious entity?

  • County in first level of drought

    Lancaster County is among 28 counties in the Palmetto State that are in the first stage of a drought.

  • Firefighters battle blaze, heat

    Heat was an issue as Lancaster County firefighters battled a house fire in the Riverside community on Wednesday, June 24, that claimed the life of two pets.

  • The path to healing

    Black and white Lancaster Christians united hearts and hands this week to honor the memory of the victims murdered June 17 at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston by a 21-year-old white man.

  • Council denies extra funds for LCEDC employee benefits

    A vote by county officials to provide two additional months of funding for health insurance benefits for Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. employees failed Monday night, June 22, leaving the fate of those health benefits up in the air.