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Today's News

  • Unemployed get benefits extension for up to 13 weeks

    With 3,900 letters going out to Lancaster County residents possibly eligible for extended unemployment benefits last week, lines have been long at the local S.C. Employment Commission office in recent days.

    The office on North White Street has been open for special hours since Saturday to handle the new claims, which are good for 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits.

    Roughly 390 people showed up at the employment office Saturday to sign up for the extended benefits, said local Assistant Director David Veal. Lines snaked around the building on Monday.

  • Charro's serves up Mexican flavor

    Mexican food with flavor and presentation – that's what Charro Mexican Restaurant offers.

    The restaurant on S.C. 200 South opened May 9. Business is slow now, said owner Sebastian Castillo, but he expects it to pick up once people hear how good his food is.

    Castillo offers the same food he grew up eating – the dishes his frugal mother made for him and his five siblings when he was growing up in the mid-south part of Mexico.

  • Stars shine in Aquatics

    Staff Reports

    The fifth annual swimming championship meet was held last week at the Leroy Springs pool. While the storm cut the meet short on Wednesday, the swimmers were able to complete their competition on Thursday.

    Elizabeth Catoe claimed six firsts during the meets. Gracie Scott, Anna Scott, Jory Pettit and Cody Brown each had four firsts.

    Jonah Faile and Bree Morgan had three firsts. Luke Sowell, Emily Durant, Chandler Hinson, Kailee Glover and Logan Phillips had two firsts.

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  • Information UpdateFish camp video in national spotlight

    Most of us know the Catawba Fish Camp in Fort Lawn as one of the best restaurants around.Now the 500-seat fish camp owned by the Edwards family is getting some national attention, thanks to a video that’s showing on the YouTube Web site.The 3 1/2 minute video features a young girl climbing inside, and then out of, the stuffed animal vending machine that’s by the front door.Captured by the restaurant’s surveillance system about 8:45 p.m. on Jan.

  • Brown bag lunches from home save time, money

    With the price of gasoline going up almost daily, many families are looking for ways to save a little money, including packing a brown bag from home instead of eating at a restaurant or opting for fast food.

  • Programs available for laid-off workers at employment office

    Workers who have been laid off may take advantage of an array of programs offered through the local S.C. Employment Commission.

    Workers may attend workshops on interview skills, resume building and basic skills, such as WorkKeys, on top of federal and state assistance programs to pay for new technical and vocational training.

    Counselors offer the usual job search help at the employment office. Office Director Lynda Burke and AARP partner Iris Hinckley say it is important for people to realize their true knowledge and skills to determine where to point their searches.

  • County should buy books for IL library

    Lancaster County Council is considering tapping into its reserve fund to buy $200,000 in books and furnishings for the new Del Webb Library in Indian Land.

    Richard Band, director of the Lancaster County Library system, hoped to use a S.C. Budget and Control Board community grant for this. But on June 27, Band got bad news. The state awarded $12 million in grants, but the request for $200,000 to buy books for the new library was denied.

    Band was disappointed, especially since millions went to various festivals, while the library project didn’t get a cent.

  • O-Zone claims two in tourney

    Staff Reports

    The Lancaster O-Zone team, ages 11-12, downed Lexington, 16-1, in game two of state tournament play in Denstville.

    Corley Faulkenberry led off the inning by drawing a walk. Tripp Rollings walked and Doopy Cloud came up to bat with two outs and two men on base and knocked a two-run double scoring Faulkenberry and Rollings.

  • Blackwood takes win in FASTRAK series

    Steven Evans

    For The Lancaster News

    There was plenty of action at Lancaster Motor Speedway Saturday night.

    In the Young Guns main event it was Cayce McGuire and Andrew Blackwood in Row 1. Austin Baker and Andrew Yandle were in Row 2. As the race got under way McGuire jumped to the lead with Blackwood in second. An early caution was brought out when Blackwood spun out as he was closing in on McGuire with a few laps left. McGuire held the lead after they restarted and took the win. Following him were Austin Baker, Josh Langley, Andrew Yandle and Andrew Blackwood.

  • York County also has claim on young Andrew Jackson

    York County also has claim on young Andrew Jackson

    Both Carolinas claim to be the birthplace of former President Andrew Jackson. Lancaster County even has a state park and museum named after him.

    Few recognize that York County can also lay claim to the president because he spent some portion of his young life in York County near the base of Nanny Mountain in Bethel township.

    A rock monument at the intersection of highways 274 and 49 at the Five Points intersection says young Andrew lived with the Widow Howe about a mile east of the monument.