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  • Fewer jobless here in August

    The latest  jobless figures suggest that the economy may be recovering.

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.7 percent to 18.2 percent in August, according to a report from the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    August numbers were released Friday.

    That marks a trend of three consecutive months of decreases in the jobless rate. July jobless rate in Lancaster County was 18.9 percent, while June was at 19.9 percent.

  • Habitat for Humanity needs tools

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County is launching several new projects, but members of the organization worry there won’t be enough tools to finish the jobs.

    Virginia “Gigi” Biggerstaff, a member of Habitat’s board, said construction has finished on one home on Caskey Lane and another is close to finishing. And as the organization gears up for construction of new homes in the Country Club Heights neighborhood, Biggerstaff wants to get the word out about Habitat’s need for tools.

  • Outreach Project helping local children

    Kim West was moved to action after hearing a story about a Lancaster County family that couldn’t afford toilet paper or feminine hygiene products.

    West is a member of the Lancaster Women’s Club and a partner with the Lancaster County Outreach Project.

  • County delays change on waste tire collection

    County officials have decided to delay for a few weeks before enacting countywide procedures for the disposal of old tires.

    Changes to the county’s procedures were to take effect Thursday, but concerns from the community urged the county to rework its plans.

    Lancaster County Council had originally discussed the issue on Aug. 31 in reaction to restrictions recently put in place by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    The restrictions were created to track the disposal of tires.

  • Man accused of threatening coach

    KERSHAW – Warrants have been issued for a man accused of bringing a gun into a football coaches’ meeting at Andrew Jackson High School on Friday night.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is charging Randy Clyburn, 46, of 1006 Overbrook Road, Kershaw, with threatening a public official and carrying a weapon on school grounds, Sheriff Barry Faile said Tuesday.

    Clyburn had not been arrested at press time.

  • An unforgettable birth at Springs Memorial

    Dr. Douglas Tiedt has delivered his share of babies throughout the years.

    “Roughly speaking, probably somewhere between 10,000 and 12,000,” said Tiedt, a physician at Lancaster Women’s Center.

    While the circumstances surrounding each birth is special for the parents,  Tiedt naturally can’t remember the details of each birth.

    But when it comes to Ashley Johnson, who was born at Springs Memorial Hospital during the early morning of Sept. 22, 1989, Tiedt can recall about every detail.

  • Sheriff’s office investigating fire at Virginia Street storage building

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early morning fire that destroyed a storage building and three vehicles on Virginia Street on Friday.

    Maj. David Belk stopped short of saying the fire was suspicious.

    “It’s still under investigation,” he said.

    According to an incident report, deputies were called to the fire at 1:28 a.m. Friday.

  • Win gives ILHS band strong start to new season

    INDIAN LAND – If Saturday was any indication, the Indian Land High School marching band is setting itself up for another stellar competition season.

    The band finished first overall in its class Saturday at a competition in Boiling Springs. Indian Land also took home the first-place award for its horn line.

    Director Mathew Willis said he was happy for his players to do so well.

  • City OKs four-way stop signs for intersection near school

    If you’ve been at Discovery School around 3:15 p.m. on a weekday, it’s a good chance you’ve seen the traffic build up at Dunlap and French streets.

    School staff have reported to the Lancaster Police Department that there’s been heavy congestion and several near-accidents at that intersection near the front of the school.

    Most of Discovery School’s 100 or so students are car riders, and half of them (the third- through fifth-graders) are picked up at that intersection.

  • City votes down ordinance on utility trailers

    Lancaster resident Richard Simpson is disappointed by City Council’s decision Tuesday on a proposed trailer ordinance.

    Simpson was one of several residents who had voiced concerns more than a month ago after an ordinance was proposed that, if passed, would place specific limitations on the parking of utility trailers and similar recreational vehicles in residential areas in the city.