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  • 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.

  • 140 volunteers keep Red Cross going in three area counties

    As the American Red Cross celebrates its 129th anniversary today, members of the local chapter continue to provide humanitarian help to those in need.

    Gina Amato, a director with the American Red Cross of Lancaster County, said her organization has helped many people throughout the county, as well as around the world.

    Locally, the organization has responded to 47 house fires in the county since July 1, 2009. Amato said the local Red Cross has assisted 147 individuals, including 53 children, who were dislocated from their homes.

  • Coley never let diabetes keep her from succeeding

    Juggling homework, basketball practice and plans for college can be stressful for any high school senior, but it’s a little more difficult for Anna Coley.

    Coley, 17, who is graduating from Carolina Christian Academy today, must also fit blood sugar checks and insulin shots into her daily schedule. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just weeks before her fifth birthday, Coley now wears an insulin pump, pricks her finger about three to four times a day and must remember to inject herself with insulin at every meal.

  • Kershaw residents to see small tax increase

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council unanimously approved first reading of its 2010-11 budget Monday night. It calls for a small tax increase for property owners.

    The tax increase means an extra $3.20 on a home valued at $50,000, or $6.40 on a $100,000 home, Town Administrator Tony Starnes said.

    Starnes told council that if it did not approve the tax increase this year, which will mean about $10,000 in funds for the town, the town would lose out on the opportunity to recoup that money next year.

  • Poetry in Song

    Margaret Monroe directs the Lancaster Chamber Choir's program "Poetry in Song" on Sunday night at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster. The choir sang some of the poems of Robert Frost that have been put to music. Titles they performed included "The Road Not Taken" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Day."

  • Poetry in Song

     Margaret Monroe directs the Lancaster Chamber Choir's program "Poetry in Song" on Sunday night at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster.