Today's News

  • Drought eases to Stage 1

    Although recent rainy weather has had a lot of residents complaining, it’s had a positive effect on the area’s water supply.

    Lancaster County Water and Sewer District (LCWSD) officials have announced that mandatory water restrictions, which have been in place for almost two years, are now voluntary, due to the recent rainfall and conservation by its customers.

    The restrictions limited outdoor water use by customers to two days a week, according to their addresses.

  • Store owner protests cigarette tax hike

    Fred Brackett is fuming about the tax hike on tobacco.

    Brackett, who owns FB Enterprises on Charlotte Highway, which sells and distributes cigarettes, closed his business Wednesday as a sign of his opposition to the 62-cents federal tax increase on cigarettes. The hike, which took effect Wednesday, brings that tax to over $1.

    Brackett called it Obama Tax Day.

    Brackett, who sells third-tier, generic cigarettes, said he’s upset mainly for two reasons.

  • Heeding the spirit's call

    The spirit of God moves wherever it will. Sometimes, it moves a church family into an old Coke warehouse on S.C. 9 Bypass that’s been transformed into a worship center.

    That’s what Christian Assembly Worship Center did in October 2008. Today, its congregation will celebrate Easter Sunday inside a state-of-the-art facility that’s equipped with the latest technology.

    “We’re really looking forward to it,” said it’s pastor Marvin Tennant.

  • 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.