Today's News

  • Mulvaney: ‘Strings attached’ to funding

    Sen. Mick Mulvaney spent a good part of this week on the State House floor debating the merits and disadvantages of accepting money from the federal stimulus bill.

    Mulvaney, R-District 16, joined fellow state lawmakers in discussing how Gov. Mark Sanford’s refusal of money from the stimulus bill would affect the state’s budget.

    Sanford has refused a portion of the funding the state was to receive, around $700 million, which would be allocated for kindergarten through 12th-grade education, higher education and health care.

  • Who receives jobless benefits?

    With Lancaster County’s jobless rate skyrocketing over the last few months to 18.4 percent, David Veal has been extremely busy working with the unemployed.

    Veal, assistant area director for the Lancaster Workforce Center, spends a good deal of time each day explaining to county residents how to file for unemployment benefits and whether they are eligible for benefits.

    The issue of benefits can be a tricky one to explain, Veal said.

  • City to seek $500,000 for more streetscape work on Main Street

    Streetscaping along Main Street may continue to move farther south.

    Lancaster City Council is looking to apply for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for streetscape improvements along South Main Street to the Brooklyn Avenue intersection.

    The work includes improvements to lighting, streets, sidewalks, water/sewer, parking sidewalks and utilities.

    The city will apply for the money through the Catawba Regional Council of Governments.

  • Store in Indian Land sold $1M Powerball ticket

    INDIAN LAND – Paul Slagle knows the woman who bought a lottery ticket worth $1 million.

    Slagle, a clerk at Panhandle Food Store in Indian Land, said a woman came to the store last week with the winning Powerball ticket. It was sold at the store between March 28 and April 1 for the April 1 drawing.

    Slagle wouldn’t name the winner, but said she comes to the Charlotte Highway store several times a week. He isn’t sure where she lives.

    “We’re finally glad to see someone hit some money who needs it,” Slagle said.

  • TEA Party slated for Wednesday

    Much like Boston colonists dumped boxes of tea into Boston Harbor, Lancaster County residents will also get their chance to speak out against taxes.

    Lancaster’s TEA Party will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

    This time around, TEA stands for “Taxed Enough Already.”

    The event is open to anyone interested in protesting what they think is excessive taxes or wasteful government spending. It will be held in the parking lot between Main and Catawba streets on the north side of the courthouse.

  • Unemployment rate climbs to 18.4 percent

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate climbed to 18.4 percent in February, up 0.9 percent from January.

    The county has the seventh-highest unemployment rate in the state.

    According to the S.C. Employment Security Commission, Lancaster County has a labor force of 30,028, and 5,530 of those people were unemployed in February.

    South Carolina’s unemployment rate in February rose to 11 percent, the second-highest rate in the nation behind Michigan.

  • Kershaw council may move meeting date to third Mondays

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council members are considering moving its meeting date to the third Monday each month.

    Council has been meeting on the first Monday of each month, but new Councilman Morris Russell said Monday he’d like for the time of the meeting to be moved.

    Russell said meeting on the third Mondays would allow Town Council members to attend County Council meetings, and allow County Councilman Jack Estridge, who represents the Kershaw area, to attend Town Council meetings.

  • Some furloughed workers return to jobs at paper mill

    CATAWBA - Some furloughed employees have returned to work earlier than expected at the AbitibiBowater paper plant in Catawba.

    The plant, located just across the Lancaster County line, had planned to extend furloughs for 123 of its employees through the end of April, but decided to bring back a small group this week.

    Barry Baker, human resources manager for the Catawba operation, said 24 production employees and seven maintenance workers have returned to work on the plant’s No. 1 machine.

  • Red Rose Trivia Trek event set to attract area children to downtown Lancaster

    The Lancaster Downtown Business Association and See Lancaster, the nonprofit group responsible for marketing and promoting Lancaster County, have joined forces to create a new event to attract children to the downtown area.

    The Red Rose Trivia Trek is a scavenger hunt that will have children visiting participating stores to answer questions relating to items sold there. When the children have all the answers on an answer sheet, the correct entries are entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of 10 prizes.

  • Fourth man arrested in death of Great Falls man

    One more Lancaster man has been arrested in the murder of a Great Falls man last week.

    The Lancaster Police Department arrested Derrick “Freeze” Wade, 27, of Lancaster, on murder charges Monday afternoon, Capt. Harlean Howard said.

    Police say Lamario Demond Ford, 26, was beaten and shot at a vacant home on Cunningham Street about 1 a.m. March 31.