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  • 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.

  • IL road gets new address numbers

    A short stretch of road near an Indian Land neighborhood must change its address numbers by the end of the month.

    Several businesses and houses along Carolina Commons Drive, which runs parallel to U.S. 521 in Indian Land, must comply with a county request to alter their address sequencing within the next few weeks. County planning director Chris Karres said the county is requesting the change due to a mistake made when the buildings and road were constructed.

  • The sound of soul

    William Mobley picks the guitar in a way that gives a rock ’n’ roll feel to many of his original gospel songs.

    Arthur Fisher also plays guitar and has a voice that says “classic soul.” He’s often compared to Bobby Womack, a famed soul singer-songwriter who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.

    Meanwhile, Cleo White pens and sings a wide array of songs that touch on everything from love to patriotism.

  • Fire officials await word on efforts to lower ISO rating

    Bobby Baker hopes a new county-wide insurance rating could soon benefit residents.

    Baker, chairman of the Lancaster County Fire Commission, spoke to County Council on April 12.

  • Red Rose Festival plans on track

    Local residents and people from afar should be in for a great time during the inaugural Red Rose Festival, organizers say.

    The event will be May 7 and 8 in downtown Lancaster.

    See Lancaster SC, the city’s marketing group, began planning the festival last year and is pleased with the progress. Musical acts have been booked and vendors have agreed to participate, said Teresa Meeks, the city of Lancaster’s support-services director.