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  • County’s jobless rate dips

    Lancaster County saw a drop in its unemployment rate last month, though state and national numbers went in the opposite direction.

    The county’s July jobless rate was 12.7 percent, a drop from the 12.9 percent it posted in June. The county’s July 2011 rate was 13.9.

    Last month, of the 30,593 people in Lancaster County’s workforce, 3,874 of them were unemployed, according to figures recently released by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

  • United Way seeks participants for annual community garden

    The United Way of Lancaster County (UWLC) is seeking participants for the Lancaster County Community Garden.

    Now in its fourth year, the community garden is near the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department at 260 Plantation Road.  

    Garden sites will be provided free for participants to grow their own produce. Free seeds and plants will be provided. 

    Applications are available at the United Way of Lancaster County office, 109 S. Wylie St. For more information, call (803) 283-8923 or email garden@uwaylcsc.org.

  • One arrested after marijuana grow house bust

    INDIAN LAND – A lengthy investigation led to the bust of a indoor marijuana grow house on Possum Hollow Road Road early Thursday. 

    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies have seized several guns, along with hashish and marijuana with an estimated street value of $100,000.

    So far, one man has been arrested. Check back later for details.

     

    Contact Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416

     

       

  • Kershaw man dies after falling from tree

    A Kershaw man died Saturday evening, Aug. 18, after falling from a tree onto rocks along the Catawba River in the Bell Town community. 

    Robert Nichols, 43, was at Cedar Creek Reservoir’s Stumpy Pond boat landing, with several family members when the accident happened about 6:20 p.m. Saturday, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

    Nichols was diving about 40 to 50 feet from a tree into the water, Broome said. “As he was climbing the tree, he fell down against some very sharp, jagged rocks,” Broome said.

  • Kershaw man dies after falling from tree

    A Kershaw man died Saturday evening, Aug. 18, after falling from a tree onto rocks along the Catawba River in the Bell Town community. 

    Robert Nichols, 43, was at Cedar Creek Reservoir’s Stumpy Pond boat landing, with several family members when the accident happened about 6:20 p.m. Saturday, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

    Nichols was diving about 40 to 50 feet from a tree into the water, Broome said. “As he was climbing the tree, he fell down against some very sharp, jagged rocks,” Broome said.

  • First Steps to expand weekend meal program at Clinton Elementary

    A grant by the Springs Close Foundation will allow Lancaster First Steps to significantly increase the number of at-risk children it feeds through its weekend backpack program at Clinton Elementary School.

    First Steps started the meal program, which provides the school’s most needy students with weekend backpacks stuffed with nutritious food, in March 2012.

  • Kershaw leaders discuss tethered animals

     KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Councilwoman Sonya Poole fears someone will one day be seriously injured by a vicious dog that freed itself from a chain.

    The fear of potentially dangerous animals was discussed at length Monday evening, Aug. 20, during Town Council’s monthly meeting.

    Council members are looking at the possibility of a new town ordinance that would prohibit the tethering (chaining or roping) of certain animals. They say it’s easy for many of them to free themselves from the tether.

  • Lancaster man wanted in York County assault

    York County authorities are still searching for a Lancaster man wanted in connection with attacking and holding a woman at knife point in Rock Hill earlier this month. 

    The York County Sheriff’s Office is on the hunt for JaTaune Tyrone Richardson, 35, of 3546 Shiloh Unity Road. 

    Richardson is charged with aggravated criminal domestic violence and kidnapping. The charges stem from an extended attack Aug. 12 on a 26-year-old woman inside a car, at a highway weigh station and at a Rock Hill campground.

  • Back in the schoolday swing

    Summer is officially over for Lancaster County School District students, who returned to class Monday, Aug. 20.

    An estimated 11,500-plus students woke up early, many of them nervous about starting new classes with new teachers and some at new schools.

    For some, such as Buford Elementary School kindergartner Madison Mackey, it was a step into the unknown.

    Still, McDonald Green second-grader Aronica Blakeney, who is an old hand at returning to class, gave the morning a big thumb’s up with a thumb sculpted from modeling clay.

  • Kershaw man dies after falling from tree

    A Kershaw man died Saturday evening, Aug. 18, after falling from a tree onto several rocks along the Catawba River in the Bell Town community. 

    Robert Nichols, 43, was at Cedar Creek Reservoir’s Stumpy Pond boat landing, with several family members when the accident happened about 6:20 p.m., said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

    “He (Nichols) was diving probably 40 to 50 feet out from a tree into the water,” Broome said. “As he was climbing the tree, he fell down against some very sharp, jagged rocks.”