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  • Lancaster woman hit by car

    A Lancaster woman was injured after a car struck her on Nov. 13.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, the 63-year-old woman was crossing Heath Circle in Lancaster when she was hit by a car. Her daughter, who was walking with her, called police.

    The women was returning home from a house on Heath Circle when she and her daughter heard a man arguing with another person, according to the report. The man then drove off in a burgundy Ford Taurus.

  • IL residents get glimpse at U.S. 521/ S.C. 9 study

    INDIAN LAND – Interested in the future of his community, David Bender was one of the curious residents who attended the final public meeting for the U.S. 521/S.C. 9 corridor study Tuesday.

    Bender, who lives in Indian Land’s Legacy Park neighborhood, analyzed several color maps hanging on the walls of Indian Land Middle School’s cafeteria. Developed as part of the study, the maps detail everything from transportation “gateways” into the county to land-use plans.

  • City to light tree Nov. 27

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw and City Council members will declare the beginning of the holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas tree at the historic Lancaster Courthouse at 101 N. Main St., at 6 p.m. Nov. 27.

    Visitors will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season during the celebration.

    Local children will provide Christmas music.

    The first 100 children to arrive will receive holiday reindeer hats.

    Light refreshments will be available.

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  • Hodges to serve as marshal of holiday parade

    Former governor and Lancaster native Jim Hodges will be the grand marshal for the 2009 Lancaster Christmas parade.

    Jim Hodges, the 114th governor of South Carolina, grew up and worked in Lancaster.  As governor, Hodges worked to add the Martin Luther King holiday to the state’s official calendars.  Hodges organized the construction of the new Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, which is North America’s longest cabled-spanned bridge.  

  • Jobless rate rises to 19.2 percent

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate increased 0.3 percent in October to 19.2 percent.

    The county had the seventh-highest jobless rate in the state in October, according to figures released Friday by the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    Neighboring Chester County had the second-highest jobless rate in October at 21.6 percent, an increase of 0.2 percent from September.

    Allendale County had the highest percentage of unemployed residents in October at 22.2 percent. The rate there was unchanged from September.

  • HOPE loses turkeys and rice

    When Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris approached his office Sunday morning, he immediately recognized the ghastly odor coming from the building.

    “It was the smell of decomposition,” Morris said. “It was awful. I parked my car 20 feet away and I could smell it.”

    Morris wasn’t responding to a death scene at his office. His office is in the same building with Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services headquarters, and HOPE in Lancaster, a nonprofit agency that collects food for the needy.

  • Dianne Pardue 'tickled' by employee honor

    As an administrative assistant at Lancaster County’s Public Works department, Dianne Pardue often spends hours fielding questions and complaints from county residents. So, she was pleasantly surprised to hear some good news recently.

    That was when she discovered she’d been named Lancaster County’s Employee of the Quarter.

    “I only found out when they sent the paper out that I had won,” Pardue said. “I still have it up here on the board.”

  • Kershaw council votes to add entrance, exit to Town Hall

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council voted to spend an extra $42,000 on the new Town Hall, which will be completed soon.

    The extra money will pay for the construction of an entrance and exit from Hampton Street in front of the new building. The plans originally called for one entrance from Hampton, with an exit at the back of the building.

    The extra construction will cost about $37,000, Town Administrator Tony Starnes told council members Monday night.

  • Man robs gas station on U.S. 521

    An armed man robbed the Raceway Express gas station on U.S. 521 on Saturday, getting away with cash, a pack of cigarettes and a can of beer, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to an incident report, the clerk told sheriff’s deputies that a man came into the store about 7:30 a.m. and got a 24-ounce can of Bud Light. The clerk said the man approached the counter and asked for a pack of Newport cigarettes and then pulled out a large, black handgun and a plastic bag.

  • Council decides on waste tire plan

    After considering several plans to overhaul the county’s waste tire disposal rules, Lancaster County Council decided on a modest plan Monday.

    Council agreed to continue to allow residents to dispose of waste tires at all convenience sites in the county, except for the Lynwood Drive location.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said that location is heavily used, and since it’s only a few miles from the Public Works Center on Pageland Highway, it may be easier if tires were dropped off there instead.