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  • HOPE doles out $692k in 11 months

    HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster has fed 3,390 people this year, given $692,000 to help families make mortgage, rent or utility payments and helped more than 6,000 families so far in 2009.

    HOPE executive director, Elaine Adkins, presented figures during the agency’s annual board meeting on Thursday night.

    From January through November, 2,364 adults and 1,026 children received food from HOPE. The value of that food is more than $200,000.

  • County honors Dixie Softball teams

    It’s a sight one usually sees at sporting events – coaches, players and families packed together.

    But at the Nov. 30 meeting of County Council, they gathered at the County Administration Building as council honored the Lancaster County Dixie Softball teams for winning their third state championship in three years.

    Council Chairman Rudy Carter congratulated the teams for their significant achievements.

    “We like to recognize special people and tonight we’ve got a room full of special people,” Carter said.

  • Deputies charge 33-year old man with sexual assault of teenager

    Investigators are accusing a Lancaster man of getting a 19-year-old woman drunk and then sexually assaulting her.

    Michael Lee Deerman, 33, 1322 Bradford Drive, was arrested Thursday and has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    According to an arrest warrant, Deerman provided vodka for the 19-year-old which “caused the victim to become physically helpless and unable to resist the battery from the defendant.”

  • 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.