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Today's News

  • Rotary Club celebrating its 70th anniversary here

    Many worthy local clubs have come and gone, but the Lancaster Rotary Club has real staying power.

    Chartered on June 26, 1940, the club marks its 70th anniversary this year with a celebration on Thursday at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.

  • Police reports - June 20, 2010

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office reports:

    • Deputies responded to a call about a possible train fire about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

    According to the report, deputies went to Railroad Avenue about a train car possibly on fire.

    Deputies closed off the bypass, Matson Street, around downtown during the investigation. The road was blocked from Kershaw-Camden Highway to Fourth Street.

    Firefighters did not find a fire and the road was reopened, the report said.

  • Jobless rate here declines to 15.1 percent

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate dropped by almost a point in May to 15.1 percent, according to the latest unemployment report form the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    Released Friday, the data shows the county’s jobless rate dropping from 16.0 percent, a 0.9 percent change from April to May.

    The county ranked seventh in the state for the number of unemployed in the month.

    Marion County had the highest jobless rate in the state for the month at 18 percent, the same as it was in April.

  • The devil knows my weakness

    Mrs. Sam Marks had been teaching us Bible stuff in Sunday school class for a while and I was finally starting to get the hang of some of it.

    Our latest lessons centered on the 10 Commandments. Most of ’em seem to make sense, but I was having a little trouble understanding just what “Thou shalt not covet” meant.

    “It means that we should not wish for things our friends have,” she said.

    Boy, that one was tough to swallow, especially if what you were coveting was a genuine leather cowboy holster set.

  • City Council to vote on budget

    Lancaster City Council is slated to vote on final reading of its 2010-11 budget Tuesday.

    Recommendations in the $22.39 million budget include a 2 percent across-the-board raise for city employees. No staff layoffs are proposed.

    The proposed budget has a 3 percent increase in the fee for city water and sewer usage. Trash rates, though, will remain the same.

  • A blaze of Old Glory

    Most drivers passing by the Boy Scout hut in Elgin just off Kershaw-Camden Highway on Monday evening didn’t give the members of Boy Scout Troop 180 a second glance.

    Eleven Boy Scouts and three leaders with sweat stains dripping down the backs of their crisp, clean dress uniforms, stood at attention beneath a flag pole looking at the faded red, white and blue flag that hung over their heads.

  • Lancaster Area Ride Service a success

    Since its debut less than a year ago, the Lancaster Area Ride Service has more than doubled its ridership.

    Operated by the Lancaster County Council on Aging, LARS transports non-Medicaid recipients to appointments with licensed physicians and other providers in Lancaster County and beyond. In a report to the county, Council on Aging executive director Sally Sherrin said ridership has dramatically increased since the service debuted last October.

  • GOP voters return to polls on Tuesday

    South Carolina voters will return to the polls Tuesday to vote in several statewide Republican runoffs.

    In the GOP race for governor, state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington, who fell just short of winning the party nomination in the June 8 primary, will face U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster.

    The winner will challenge state Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden, whose district includes part of Lancaster County. Sheheen easily won the Democratic primary for governor and faces no runoff.

  • Mayor Shaw: Lancaster has many bright spots

    Despite increased unemployment and a recent string of crime, Joe Shaw says there are a lot of things to be proud of in the city of Lancaster.

    The longtime mayor of Lancaster was the guest speaker at the Lancaster Lunch Rotary Club’s weekly meeting Thursday at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.

    Shaw said Lancaster has experienced much growth during the 28 years he’s been mayor. There has been a new city hall, a second fire station as well as the addition of the Municipal Justice Center, which houses the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Two face charges in separate stabbings

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigated two stabbings within hours of each other on Thursday and early Friday.

    According to press releases, an argument between several people at a party on Taxahaw Road ended up with a 21-year-old Heath Springs man getting stabbed in the stomach.

    Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home at 1:25 a.m. and arrived to find the man holding a shirt to his abdomen. He was bleeding heavily, according to the release.