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Today's News

  • County’s jobless rate goes up

    The county's jobless rate rose by nearly a point from May to June, according to numbers released a little over a week ago by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce. 

    Lancaster County's unemployment rate for June was 15.3 percent, which ranks 11th in the state. The rate is an increase of 0.8 in May, when the percentage was 14.5.  

    The official labor force for the county for June was 30,619, compared to 30,358 for May, according to the Department of Employment.

  • Two arrests made in connection to burglaries

    The Lancaster Police Department has arrested two people in connection to recent burglaries at South Hughes Street and South French Street.

    John Davis, 25, has been charged with two counts of first degree burglary and Lakia Watts, 23, has been charged with accessory to burglary.

    Stolen property was found at 603 Cunningham Road, the address where Watts resides. More charges are likely.

    Check back later for more details.

  • Crash kills woman

    A 75-year-old woman died Friday following a morning automobile accident near the intersection of U.S. 521 and Shelly Mullis Road.

    Patrol Lance Cpl. Billy Elder said the woman, identified Saturday by the Mecklenburg Medical Examiner’s Office as Hallie Marshall, address unknown, was airlifted along with an unidentified male passenger to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte where she later died of her injuries.

    The man’s condition was unknown.

  • July Garden of the Month

    Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    For 10 months out of the year, the Lancaster County of Garden Clubs selects a Yard of the Month. In July each year, that focus shifts to vegetable gardens in Lancaster County.

    Peggy Little of The Lancaster Garden Club awarded the July Garden of the Month designation to John Troutman at 1904 Tara Trail, Lancaster. 

  • Wells new Buford AD

    Robert Howey
    rhowey@thelancasternews.com
    BUFORD – A familiar face at Buford High School is taking on a new role.
    Jackets’ head football coach Mike Wells, a 28-year veteran of coaching at the Lancaster County Class AA high school, is BHS’s new athletic director.
    Wells, a Ware Shoals native, takes over the Jackets’ athletic director duties after Buford High School principal Jonathan Phipps handled the chores last year.

  • IL’s McIlwain signs with Falcons

    Staff Reports
    Former Indian Land High standout football player Kamaal McIlwain just signed to play with the Atlanta Falcons. McIlwain, who played for Newberry College, was one of 22 free agents who signed with the Falcons, according to the Falcons website.

  • Ozone stars stay alive, advance

    Staff Reports
    The Lancaster Dixie Baseball Ozone all-stars made it three straight wins to stay alive in the Ozone state tournament at Patriots Park in Sumter on Wednesday night.
    Lancaster scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to edge Greenwood, 5-4, to stay alive in the double-elimination state tournament.
    The game Wednesday was originally set for Tuesday, but was postponed by rain.
    Lancaster’s Ozone stars scored the winning run as hustling Spencer Funderburke dashed home from third base on a passed ball.

  • NDRA Road Show at Speedway

    Michael Knight
    For The Lancaster News
    Lancaster Speedway will host the NDRA Road Show for the NDRA GM Performance Late Models on Saturday night.
    Leading the charge in the NDRA Road Show points will be “Kid Quick” Zack Mitchell. Mitchell captured the last Road Show win at Friendship Speedway on July 16. Coming in second in points is Steve Hendren seeking to capture the win Saturday and gain some ground on Mitchell in the points standings.

  • Man pleads guilty in shooting case

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    A Lancaster man charged with attempted murder pleaded guilty to assault and battery before he could reach trial last week. 

    Lamonta Roberts, 18, was arrested last year and charged with attempted murder for involvement in an Aug. 14, 2010, shooting at the Old Skool Sports Bar and Grill. Last week, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree assault and battery, and was sentenced July 18 to eight years in prison by Judge Brooks Goldsmith. 

  • Six district schools make AYP

    Reece Murphy
    rmurphy@thelancasternews.com
    Six of Lancaster County School District’s 19 schools met their 2011 Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals according to the S.C. Department of Education’s report cards released today.
    AYP is the annual measure of schools’ progress toward meeting the federal No Child Left Behind Act’s 2014 goal of having all students be well prepared to move on to the next grade.
    “Well prepared” means students score “proficient” or “advanced” on standardized tests.