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Today's News

  • More than 4,000 jobless in county

    Lancaster County’s unemployment rate increased by more than 1 percent in December.

    The unemployment rate for the county rose to 13.9 percent, up from 12.5 percent in November, according to the S.C. Employment Security Commission.

    Lynda Burke, area director for the S.C. Employment Security Commission, said this translates to more than 4,000 unemployed workers in the county, out of a labor force of almost 30,000 workers.

  • Dull knife puts a burr beneath my saddle

    That warm sun has melted away the last traces of snow.

    Mama said the pear tree is starting to bud and the yellow belle bushes are showing some color.

    Why, even the ice man has a little hitch in his giddy-up from making more deliveries in our neighborhood.

    Given this little glimmer of warm weather, I had already been given orders to hose down the wooden lawn chairs stored in the plunder house and to rinse out the bird baths.

    There’s one thing for sure, I thought, as I lugged the chairs outside.

  • Remembering Ray Knight

    Fran Knight remembers hearing chilling words from her husband Ray’s doctor after he was shot in the face last June.

    “He said, ‘Mr. Knight, you’re going to have some major medical problems from this,’” Fran Knight said. “He went downhill really fast.”

  • Wilson-Evans to be honored at USCL event

    Slave stories of bondage, struggle and dreams of freedom will jump out of the history books and onto the stage as a local Black History Month celebration gets under way.

    Kitty Wilson-Evans, a local slave interpreter and storyteller, will be honored during a special event Sunday at the Carole Ray Dowling Center at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The event begins with a reception at 3 p.m.

    Paintings of Wilson-Evans playing the slave woman Kessie will be on display.

  • Home Depot celebrating 5th anniversary here

    Home Depot announced it was reducing 7,000 jobs at its high-end decor stores, but there are no plans to close Lancaster’s Home Depot.

    Home Depot in Lancaster opened Jan. 29, 2004, and the store is celebrating its fifth anniversary here with several promotions.

    Daisy Prosser, expeditor for the Lancaster store, said 12 employees who were there on Day 1 still work at the store. Prosser, a South Carolina native, is one of them. The store has 102 employees.

  • USCL celebrates Black History Month

    Besides Sunday’s performance by interpreter and storyteller Kitty Wilson-Evans, there are a few other events going on at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to celebrate Black History Month.

    They are sponsored by the campus’ Black Awareness Group, or BAG.

    Soul Food Luncheon

    In what has become a tradition at USCL, the Soul Food Luncheon will be held Feb. 18 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building multipurpose room.

  • About 90 county workers to get raise

    At least 86 Lancaster County employees will see a boost in their pay next month.

    County Council approved implementing a compensation and pay classification plan Monday. As part of the plan, the employees will see their salaries adjusted in accordance with a recent study.

  • Council votes to repeal blue laws

    Lancaster County Council voted 6-1 Monday to repeal blue laws that restrict the sale of many goods in the county until after 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.

    Council passed the first of three readings of an ordinance that would lift the ban on Sunday sale restrictions for four years. The ordinance being considered would not lift the ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays, however.

    Council approved first reading of the ordinance after much discussion between council members and after listening to comments from county residents.

  • More car break-ins reported in Panhandle

    INDIAN LAND – More car break-ins in Panhandle neighborhoods have been reported.

    Four car break-ins were reported in several neighborhoods between Jan. 27 and early Jan. 28.

    According to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident reports, two residents reported break-ins on Tintinhull Drive in the Clairemont neighborhood.

    At one home, the back driver’s side window of a car was broken, causing $250 damage. A laptop computer valued at $1,000 was stolen from the backseat.

  • Forecast calls for a little snow

    Will there be another chance to build a snowman this week?

    According to the National Weather Service, the high temperature today will reach 62 degrees in Lancaster County, but colder air is headed this way.

    Today will be sunny, but Monday there is a 50 percent chance of rain, which could turn to snow on Monday night.

    Little accumulation is expected.

    Monday’s daytime high will be 57 degrees, and will drop to around freezing during the night.