Today's News

  • 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.

  • AbitibiBowater extends furloughs

    As the demand for paper has declined, an area paper plant has decided to extend its furloughs for more than 100 employees.

    AbitibiBowater has made plans to continue its furloughs for 123 employees who have been temporarily out of work since March 1.

    The plant, located just across the Lancaster County line in Catawba in York County, had already shut down one of its three paper machines for one month in an effort to save money.

  • Donations down while more people shopping at area Goodwill stores

    Flipping through racks of blue jeans at Lancaster’s Goodwill Retail Store, Koios Orion is on the hunt for the perfect deal.

    He’s looking for a couple pairs of stylish jeans, and with prices as low as $5 for some pairs, Orion said the store is great for fashion-conscious customers on a budget.

    “They have a lot of stylish clothes, a lot of stuff you can’t find anywhere else,” Orion said. “It’s cheap. I usually can’t afford clothes, but I like to change clothes and change my style a lot.”

  • IL woman claims $1M lottery prize

    INDIAN LAND – The woman who won $1 million in the S.C. Education Lottery is an Indian Land resident, according to state lottery officials.

    Stephanie Hemminghaus, a state lottery spokeswoman, said the woman claimed her prize Thursday, but asked that her name not be released.

    The woman bought the Powerball ticket from the Panhandle Food Store on Charlotte Highway in Indian Land between March 28 and April 1 for the April 1 drawing.

    The winning white ball numbers were 2, 9, 33, 41 and 54. The red Powerball was 14, and the PowerPlay multiplier was 3.

  • County holds forum on community needs

    Lancaster County Council held a public hearing last week to gather input about community needs for housing, public facilities and economic development.

    Grazier Rhea of the Catawba Regional Council of Governments moderated the March 30 needs-assessment hearing to review the county’s past needs and identify new ones.