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  • Two men rob Jersey Mike's sub shop

    INDIAN LAND – Two armed men reportedly robbed an Indian Land sub shop Monday night, the second store robbery in the Panhandle in a week.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office press release, two men wearing all black went into Jersey Mike's Subs on U.S. 521 about 9 p.m. One of the men went behind the counter, held two store employees at gunpoint and demanded money.

    The assailants left the store with an undisclosed amount of money and ran toward Doby's Bridge Road, according to the release.

  • School district staff lend HOPE a helping hand

    Shelves were filled faster than normal on Thursday morning at HOPE in Lancaster.

    Nearly 20 people from the Lancaster County School District’s Office of Research and Development volunteered two hours that day to assist the charity in any way possible. Many of their duties included sorting and stacking food on shelves inside HOPE’s building  in Lancaster.

  • Basket Fund nears $12,000

    With Christmas just days away, the annual Ward Faulkenberry Christmas Basket Fund has almost collected $12,000.

    Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, said donations have steadily increased every week since the fund began its 2009 drive in late November. The fund received the most number of donations last week, collecting  $4,693 from 53 donors.

    In four weeks, the fund has raised $11,780.    

  • Robinson to lead Fairfield Co. schools district

    Dr. Patrice Gilliam Robinson will be the next superintendent for neighboring Fairfield County School District.

    The Lancaster native was selected for the post Tuesday night.

    Robinson, 49, executive director of at-risk student services for Lancaster County School District, applied for the job in October. The position had been open following the resignation of Dr. Samantha Ingram. The Fairfield County School District had been using an interim superintendent for most of this year.

    Robinson said she was thrilled when learning of her selection.

  • Police charge man, 26, with multiple charges after car chase

    A Lancaster man was arrested on several charges after a car chase that began in the city of Lancaster and continued into the county on Dec. 11.

    Demario Monte Thompson, 26, of 1386 Locustwood Ave., Lancaster, was charged with driving under the influence, second offense possession with intent to distribute marijuana, fourth offense driving under suspension, no vehicle license, violation of ABC law, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to stop for blue lights and siren and providing false information to officers.

  • Jobless rate here drops slightly in November

    South Carolina’s unemployment rate rose sharply in November to 12.3 percent, from a revised October rate of 12 percent, the S.C. Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

    However, the jobless rate in Lancaster County and most adjacent counties declined slightly last month.

    November’s jobless figures set a record high for the state.

    Estimates produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the state’s labor force at 2,173,054 in November, an increase of 2,079. The number of unemployed increased 5,896 to 266,330.

  • Heath Springs council wants time to consider USCL funding request

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council members want a little more time to decide whether they’ll donate to USCL’s building fund.

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster is planning a 30,0000-square-foot building that will house classrooms and cost between $6 million and $6.5 million.

    At the council’s August meeting, Dr. John Catalano, dean of USCL, Stan Johnson, chairman of USCL’s 50th anniversary committee and former County Councilwoman Polly Jackson addressed council about funding issues with the new building.

  • Annual audit says county in good financial shape

    Lancaster County received a good rating during its annual audit for 2008-09.

    Sheila Morgan, a certified public accountant with the accounting firm McAbee Talbert Halliday & Co., presented the audit results at County Council’s Dec. 7 meeting.

    Morgan issued the county an unqualified opinion, meaning the county is considered in good financial shape.

    “It’s important for us to have a discussion about this,” Morgan said. “We don’t get a chance to come before council often.”

  • Police reports - Dec. 20, 2009

    Lancaster Police Department reports:

    • Police have made no arrests in a shooting incident on Nov. 21 in the area of Waffle House and Jameson Inn on the S.C. 9 Bypass.

    According to an incident report, police responded to the businesses about 4 a.m. that day after several callers reported shooting was going on at both.

    Police found that two bullets went through the wall of Room 101 at the inn. Officers also found 9 mm shell casings in the hotel parking lot. Damage to the wall was estimated at $500.

  • Faulkner files for vacant District 2 board position

    Tyrom Faulkner said he wants to help children in a different way by serving on the local school board.

    The Lancaster native is the only person to file for the District 2 seat on the Lancaster County school board. The seat was vacated last month by Charlene McGriff, who now serves on County Council.

    Filing for the open seat ends at noon Monday.

    Faulkner made his bid official on Dec. 11, the first day of filing.

    He said he prayed hard about it. And after speaking with family and close friends, he decided it was the right thing to do.