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  • Ryan Payne seeking statewide post with Young Republicans

    Ryan Payne is ready to take his political involvement to the next level.

    Payne, 18, wants to increase political involvement of young people in his party. After graduating from Andrew Jackson High School in May 2009, Payne started the Young Republicans group last fall, which operates as a local chapter of the S.C. Federation of Young Republicans.  He heads the Young Republican group.

  • Workshop aims to help residents with finances

    Elaine Adkins worries how Lancaster County residents are managing in the bad economy.

    Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, said the number of unemployed residents coming to her group for help continues to increase. HOPE is a local organization that provides food and help with utility bills for local families.

    With unemployment benefit extensions running out, Adkins has seen more and more people struggling to manage their households.

  • What will it cost to repair jail building?

    A machine compacting asphalt on West Gay Street recently shook the old Lancaster County jail so badly that objects fell off shelves in the offices inside.

    After the paving, Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell noticed cracks in the ceiling.

    Jody Munnerlyn, the architect working on the restoration of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse, took a look at the building with a structural engineer and determined the building was unsafe.

  • Deputy administrator addresses ’08 firing

    Jeffrey Naftal’s name has only been known to Lancaster County residents for a few days, but some people have already started asking about his past.

    Naftal, a 23-year veteran of local government work, is moving from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., next week to begin work on June 28 as deputy county administrator. Naftal will assist County Administrator Steve Willis. But as he heads for his new home in Lancaster, some residents are questioning why he was fired from one of his previous jobs.

  • Rotary Club celebrating its 70th anniversary here

    Many worthy local clubs have come and gone, but the Lancaster Rotary Club has real staying power.

    Chartered on June 26, 1940, the club marks its 70th anniversary this year with a celebration on Thursday at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.

  • Police reports - June 20, 2010

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Deputies responded to a call about a possible train fire about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

    According to the report, deputies went to Railroad Avenue about a train car possibly on fire.

    Deputies closed off the bypass, Matson Street, around downtown during the investigation. The road was blocked from Kershaw-Camden Highway to Fourth Street.

    Firefighters did not find a fire and the road was reopened, the report said.

  • Jobless rate here declines to 15.1 percent

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate dropped by almost a point in May to 15.1 percent, according to the latest unemployment report form the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    Released Friday, the data shows the county’s jobless rate dropping from 16.0 percent, a 0.9 percent change from April to May.

    The county ranked seventh in the state for the number of unemployed in the month.

    Marion County had the highest jobless rate in the state for the month at 18 percent, the same as it was in April.

  • City Council to vote on budget

    Lancaster City Council is slated to vote on final reading of its 2010-11 budget Tuesday.

    Recommendations in the $22.39 million budget include a 2 percent across-the-board raise for city employees. No staff layoffs are proposed.

    The proposed budget has a 3 percent increase in the fee for city water and sewer usage. Trash rates, though, will remain the same.

  • Lancaster Area Ride Service a success

    Since its debut less than a year ago, the Lancaster Area Ride Service has more than doubled its ridership.

    Operated by the Lancaster County Council on Aging, LARS transports non-Medicaid recipients to appointments with licensed physicians and other providers in Lancaster County and beyond. In a report to the county, Council on Aging executive director Sally Sherrin said ridership has dramatically increased since the service debuted last October.

  • GOP voters return to polls on Tuesday

    South Carolina voters will return to the polls Tuesday to vote in several statewide Republican runoffs.

    In the GOP race for governor, state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington, who fell just short of winning the party nomination in the June 8 primary, will face U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster.

    The winner will challenge state Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden, whose district includes part of Lancaster County. Sheheen easily won the Democratic primary for governor and faces no runoff.