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  • Two men charged in 3-year-old child's death

    Rondriana Cunningham was preparing to do something Thursday that no mother ever wants to do.

    She and her mother, Arlene Clyburn, were headed to Rock Hill to look for a white dress and tiara to bury Cunningham’s daughter, Jaylen Elaine Jackson, in.

    Jaylen, 3, was shot during an apparent gunfight at a home on Athena Road about 9:40 p.m. Monday. She died Tuesday morning.

  • Humana to lay off 70 employees here by end of year

    As part of a company-wide reduction in workforce, Humana Inc. will eliminate 70 positions at its Lancaster office.

    Humana spokesman Mitch Lubitz said the cuts will come from Kanawha Healthcare Solutions, a third-party health insurance administration business operated by Humana. The layoffs will begin in July and continue until the end of the year.

    KHS is a subsidiary of Kanawha Insurance Companies, which has its offices in Lancaster. Kanawha Insurance Companies is a subsidiary itself of KMG America, a holding company for insurance company Humana Inc.

  • Residents gather at City Hall to remember murder victims

    What Charles Harris Sr. misses most about his son, C.J., is his smile.

    He misses playing video games with C.J., getting a haircut with him and talking with him about life.

    Harris said he misses seeing the joy C.J. took in being a father to his 18-month-old son, Jason.

    Charles “C.J.” Harris Jr. was shot and killed last month during what his father said was a robbery. C.J.’s son was in the backseat of the car C.J. was driving. C.J. sped away, but was dead before he crashed into a house on 15th Street, a bullet having pierced his heart.

  • Perseverance gets Howard through high school

    INDIAN LAND – Last year, Kevin Howard didn’t have enough credits to finish high school, but he promised his best friend, Mikey Helms, he’d watch him graduate.

    Howard and Helms started high school in the same class, but through a series of circumstances, Howard ended up repeating his sophomore year. Due to the one-year lag, Howard couldn’t graduate with his friend, though he did cheer him on from the audience.

  • Three officers receive state honors

    Three local law enforcement officers have been recognized by the state for their efforts to get drunk drivers off the road.

    Pfc. Josh Small and Sgt. Dale Johnson of the Lancaster Police Department, and Sgt. Billy Hilton of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office each received awards from the S.C. Department of Public Safety on March 25.

    The Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) recognized numerous law enforcement officers and agencies in Columbia for DUI enforcement.

  • Fire department seeks grant to provide smoke detectors

    The Lancaster Fire Department is seeking grant money to provide smoke detectors for local residents.

    Fire Chief Chris Nunnery spoke before City Council on Tuesday, asking council members for the go ahead to apply for a $12,723 grant through the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

    The money would allow the department to provide smoke detectors for homes throughout Lancaster County, as well as the towns of Great Falls and Fort Lawn.

    Council voted unanimously to allow Nunnery to proceed with the application process.  

  • Eastside program axed in budget

    Eastside Academy, Lancaster County School District’s alternative school, will not have any full-time staff after this school year.

    The change is part of the district’s aim to trim costs amidst budget cuts from the state for 2010-11.

    Eastside Academy serves middle school students who have had trouble excelling in a traditional classroom setting. Nearly 40 students attended Eastside this school year.

  • Car speeding to hospital with injured child had bullet holes

    A 3-year-old girl died Tuesday morning after being shot in the head Monday night, Sheriff Barry Faile said.

    Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Athena Road about 9:40 p.m. because of a shooting.

    When they arrived, no victim was found, but about the same time, Lancaster Police Department officers stopped a speeding car headed toward Springs Memorial Hospital.

    According to a police department incident report, an officer saw a Chevrolet Malibu  with its flashers on speeding north on South Main Street.

  • ‘Topping out’ celebrated as project reaches milestone

    Applause broke out as a steel beam bearing the Lancaster County logo was put into place at the new courthouse building on Main Street late Friday morning.

    County officials and construction workers gathered for a “topping out” ceremony at the courthouse to celebrate raising the last structural beam to the roof.

  • Jobless rate declines in April

    The jobless rate in Lancaster County dropped by nearly 2 points in April to 16.2 percent, making it the largest decline in the area for the period.

    The jobless rate here in March was 18.0 percent.

    The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce released jobless totals for April that show improvements in the number of unemployed people in the state. Statewide, the jobless rate declined for the third consecutive month. It was down in April to 11.6 percent, a decrease from 12.2 percent in March.