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  • Andrew Jackson High continues celebration

    KERSHAW – Former members of sports teams, bands and cheerleaders from Flat Creek, Heath Springs, Hillside and Kershaw and former Andrew Jackson High homecoming queens will be recognized at coming Andrew Jackson football games as the school’s 40-year celebration continues.

    “Andrew Jackson has such a rich tradition of excellence in all its activities, and we want to recognize not just our students, but also the people from the four schools whose rich traditions created the foundation for Andrew Jackson,” athletic director Dale Reeves said.

  • Men robbed at gun point in two separate incidents

    Sheriff’s deputies responded to two armed robberies Monday night.

    The first happened in Indian Land about 9:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

    The victim told deputies that he was stopped at the traffic light on U.S. 521 at Shelley Mullis Road when he was approached by a man, who opened the passenger’s side door of the truck and threatened the driver with a pistol.

  • State puts brakes on busy highway

    INDIAN LAND – Motorists may have noticed a change on U.S. 521 as the speed limit was lowered at several locations last week.

    John McKay, Lancaster County maintenance engineer for S.C. Department of Transportation, said the speed limit zone had been extended along the northern portion of U.S. 521 in Indian Land.

    McKay said there is now a 45-miles-per-hour zone from Sun City Carolina Lakes south to Van Wyck Road.

    The new speed limit begins at the state line and continues for 6.5 miles., except for the 1.4 miles between Marvin Road and Possum Hollow Road.

  • County Council supports effort to seek grant for road project

    Lancaster County Council debated the merits of participating in the proposed extension of Dave Lyle Boulevard at its last meeting.

    Council considered a resolution Sept. 14 to support the Catawba Indian Nation as it applies for funding related to the extension. The extension would provide a link between Interstate 77 and U.S. 521 as an alternate route south of Charlotte.

    The Catawba Indian Nation, in conjunction with York County, has submitted a grant application for funding available strictly for Indian tribes.

  • 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.