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  • County’s jobless rate sees increase

    Lancaster County’s official unemployment rate saw a slight increase in January, according to the latest data released Monday, March 18, by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The county posted 11.9 percent unemployment in January, compared to 11.6 percent in December 2012.

    In January, the county’s official labor force was recorded at 32,486, with 3,877 of those people without a job.

    In comparison, the January 2012 jobless rate in Lancaster County was 12.9 percent.

  • Springs Memorial Hospital gets a fresh look

    Springs Memorial Hospital has a fresh look. 

    On Monday, March 18, staff unveiled a new logo during a special gathering on the hospital’s second floor. The logo features “Springs” written in sapphire blue with “Memorial Hospital” underneath it in chartreuse green. 

    To the left of those words is a continual square pattern that features the two colors. 

    The new look replaces the green umbrella-themed logo that had been used since the mid-1990s.

  • Gleason requests bond hearing

    The man accused in the death of his girlfriend’s daughter on March 5 is trying to get out of jail.

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield said a bond hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, for Phillip Bryan Gleason, 1791 Craig Farm Road.

    Barfield said Circuit Court Judge Brooks P. Goldsmith will hear Gleason’s request.

    “That’s all I can tell you at this time,” Barfield said. 

  • Clarification on Kershaw Town Council election

    The Kershaw Town Council election is Tuesday, March 19. The wrong date was published on Pages 1A and 2A in the Sunday, March 17, edition of The Lancaster News. Votes will be cast at Kershaw Recreation Center, 200 Close Circle. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Those in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. 

       

  • House rejects Medicaid expansion

    COLUMBIA – After a day-long budget debate Tuesday, March 11, on a state House Democratic amendment to expand Medicaid in South Carolina, the House Republican majority rejected it and adopted their own plan.

    In a 73-45 vote along party lines, the House tabled the amendment – effectively killing it – then voted 73-41 shortly after to adopt the section of provisos in the S.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed fiscal 2014 budget that would establish the GOP health-care alternative.

  • DHEC seeking input on SNAP

    The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is seeking input on possible changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

    Two out of three adults in South Carolina are overweight or obese and South Carolina now has the eighth highest obesity rate in the nation.

  • Great Falls sells police cars

    The Town of Great Falls collected $3,000 at a public auction on Feb. 20.
    Great Falls Mayor Don Camp said the town held an auction at the police department to sell three police department vehicles, a truck and a tractor.
    Camp said a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police car sold for $1,500 and a 1980 Ford tractor with a mower brought in $1,500.
    A second 2004 Ford Crown Victoria police car has been sold for $1,500 and a 1999 Ford Expedition used by the police department was sold for $2,500, Camp said Monday.

  • Chester deputies seize video gaming machines

    RICHBURG – Authorities seized two illegal video poker machines from Great Falls Mart (formerly The Home Place) on March 6.

    Chester County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Mary Anne Tolbert said the machines were similar to the “old timely” Kino machines.

    The report said deputies spoke to a 58-year-old Fort Lawn woman who told them that she put $40 in a video poker machine and won $880.

  • Additional stop light going up on U.S. 521

    The S.C. Department of Transportation is expected to begin work in coming weeks on the intersection of Charlotte Highway and 521 Corporate Center Drive.

    The project, slated to begin sometime in the next two to three weeks, includes the addition of traffic lights and a left-turn lane.

    SCDOT District 4 Associate Traffic Engineer Danny Carns said the project is intended to ease the flow of traffic into 521 Corporate Center stemming from a 1,000-job expansion at the park’s largest tenant, Red Ventures.

  • Red Ventures asks county to change name of road

    Indian Land marketing company Red Ventures has petitioned the Lancaster County Planning Commission to rename the road on which it is located.

    Meanwhile, an official with the community group Indian Land Voices said she’d like to see the county use the opportunity to encourage Red Ventures to begin using “Indian Land” to identify the location of its headquarters instead of “Fort Mill.”