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  • Chester County sheriff uses Facebook as a tool

    CHESTER – Social networking Web site Facebook began in February 2004 as a tool for college students to meet new friends while keeping in touch with old ones.

    In its initial stage, users were required to have an e-mail address ending with .edu to prove their student status. Since then, Facebook has garnered much praise, and some criticism, for changing the way that people communicate.

  • Annual Unity event is Saturday

    An evening of fun and fellowship awaits you Saturday at the 14th annual Unity in the Community Festival.

    The event, sponsored by the Lancaster Fatherhood Project, is from 5 to 9 p.m. at Main and Gay streets in downtown Lancaster.

    There’s no charge to attend or take part in any of the activities, which will include face painting, games and prizes.

    Choirs and praise dancers are some of the entertainers on tap.

  • Heat causes road to buckle

    INDIAN LAND – Sherri Wright spent most of a day last week attempting to fix a road problem near her home.

    On June 14, the Indian Land resident was driving on S.C. 75 near her home when she noticed a large bump in the asphalt on the road, a few miles east of U.S. 521.

    The road had buckled severely, causing several motorists to either swerve or hit the newly formed bump.

  • 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.