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  • DEW to reduce unemployment services in Chester

    The lines at the unemployment office in Lancaster are about to get a little longer.

    Starting Feb. 19, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW) is reducing the number of its statewide offices for employment services from 56 to 40.

    One of those offices is in neighboring Chester County. 

    That means those in Chester who need face-to-face help with unemployment benefits must drive farther and come to the office here, at 705 N. White St.

  • A celebration of sacrifice

    KERSHAW – The S.C. Highway Patrol has not forgotten the ultimate sacrifice of one of their own.

    Monday, Feb. 4, marked 74 years since Patrolman Walter T. Bell was killed in a head-on collision in the town of Kershaw.

    The Camden resident had been assigned to license-inspection duty in Lancaster County that day in 1939 – a Saturday – and was on his way home when he was instantly killed in an accident.

    He was 36 years old.

  • Bus driver claims intimidation by parent

    Tensions between a Lancaster County School District school bus driver and a student’s father led to accusations of intimidation against the father, but no charges.

    According to the Feb. 3, incident report, a bus driver dropping children off at a stop near Elm Street and Blue Lane called the Lancaster County School District bus depot to report a man “sitting on the sidewalk with a long gun across his lap.”

  • National Girl Scout Cookie Day is today

    Today, Feb. 8, has been proclaimed National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

    All 112 councils across the country are celebrating the world’s largest girl-led business. The venture brings in a yearly revenue of $790 million and sells to 50 million cookie fans.

    All the revenue earned from cookie activities – every penny after paying the baker – stays with the local Girl Scout council that sponsors the sale.

  • Time short for gaming machines

    Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has three words of caution this week for people who don’t remove sweepstakes gaming machines from their businesses: “Take your chances.”

    With the state Legislature on its way to closing a perceived loophole regarding the legality of sweepstakes machines, Faile is joining with several law enforcement agencies throughout the state to crack down on those using or possessing the machines. 

  • Blaze destroys shop, man escapes uninjured

    Only a charred, burned-out shell remained hours after a blaze tore through a shop building along a quiet county street over the weekend. 

    Firefighters and sheriff’s deputies both responded to a 911 call about a structure fire just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the 3100 block of George Carnes Road, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

    A responding deputy noted the shop was fully engulfed in flames when he arrived at the scene. 

  • Deputies trying to piece together shooting in nightclub parking lot

    A man was shot outside a Lancaster nightclub early Sunday morning, Feb. 3, and deputies are still trying to piece the incident together.

    Sheriff’s deputies found the 23-year-old man at 1:36 a.m. after responding to a reported shooting outside Grown Folks night club, 1418 Kershaw Camden Highway, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office press release.

    The victim told deputies he was standing in the club parking lot when he heard gunshots and then realized he had been shot.

  • School leaders consider direction for 2013-14

    Lancaster County School District officials began laying the groundwork for the coming school year last weekend during the annual school board/superintendent’s planning session

    This year’s meeting, attended by board members and school administrators, was held Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2,  at the Home Place Bed and Breakfast in the Tradesville community.

    Among the many topics under consideration during the two-day meeting were school safety, technology and the 2013-14 school year calendar.

  • Man robbed in Miller Street driveway

    Authorities are interviewing witnesses and searching for suspects after a Lancaster man reported he was beaten and robbed in a driveway early Friday, Feb. 1.

    Police were called to a home in the 500 block of Miller Street at 12:48 a.m. about an assault, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    There, they spoke with a 47-year-old man who was upset, crying and appeared to have been assaulted, the report said. Officers noticed the victim had several knots on his head and face.

  • Man struck with pipe, robbed outside nightclub

     Deputies are investigating a possible armed robbery and assault outside a nightclub during the early morning hours of  Jan. 27.

    Just after 3 a.m., a deputy responded to the Springs Memorial Hospital emergency room about an assault, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

    The deputy spoke with a 27-year-old Lancaster man at the ER who reported the incident. The deputy noted in the report there was a language barrier and said it was difficult to speak with the victim.