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  • HOPE gets a break on rent

    With an 18.2 percent unemployment rate in the county, the members of Lancaster County Council wanted to help spread a little HOPE.

    HOPE in Lancaster, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively, assists local families with food donations and short-term expenses, such as utility bills, rent and mortgage payments.

    But with record numbers of families pouring in through its doors recently, County Council decided to help the organization.

    It has suspended HOPE’s rent payments to the county for nearly two years.

  • Police charge man with dogfighting

    A Lancaster man was charged after police responded to a dog fight on Central Avenue on Monday.

    John Ervin Witherspoon, 28, of 3340 University Drive, was charged with dogfighting.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers received a call about a dog fight that had been in progress for about 45 minutes.

    Officers parked their patrol cars at Wylie Park Street and Central Avenue and walked to the home on foot.

  • Mobley served as judge for 27 years

    State officials and local residents are mourning the death of Berry Mobley, who’s being recalled as a strong judge who genuinely cared about people.

    Mobley, who served as a family court judge since 1982, died Tuesday after battling multiple myeloma, a form of cancer, for the last few years. He was 76.

    After finishing law school in 1964, the Lancaster County native opened a law office in Lancaster and was the city’s attorney for eight years.

  • Two local funeral homes expand to offer on-site cremation services

    To keep up with a growing trend across the country, two Lancaster funeral homes have added crematories to their businesses.

    Hartley Funeral Home, which has been in business for more than 10 years in Lancaster, is now Hartley Funeral Home and Crematory, with the addition of a cremation chamber on Aug. 20, said owner Jerry Hartley.

    The funeral home had a cremation chamber installed in an existing garage.

    Hartley said more families are requesting cremation services, which start at $1,295, when a traditional funeral starts at $5,200.

  • UW hopes to raise $430,000

    Times may be tough, but that doesn’t mean the United Way of Lancaster County is going to lower its fundraising goal for the 2009-10 campaign.

    The agency held a kick-off breakfast Friday at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley Building.

    UW Board Chairman Steve Sherill announced that the goal for the campaign is $430,000.

    Campaign contributions were kick-started by pacesetters Duke Energy, Founders Federal Credit Union, Humana, Nibrol and Springs Memorial Hospital. The Springs Close Foundation has given $20,000 to start the campaign.

  • 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.