Today's News

  • Jobless rate still at 19 percent

    South Carolina’s unemployment rate edged upward in April to 11.5 percent, one-tenth of a point above the March rate of 11.4 percent, the State Employment Security Commission reported Friday.

    It’s the highest jobless rate in South Carolina since the state started keeping records in 1976.

    The old mark of 11.4 percent was reached in March and in January 1983.

    The state has the nation’s third-highest unemployment rate. Michigan holds the country’s highest jobless rate at 12.9 percent, followed by Oregon at 12 percent.

  • 3 file to seek mayor's post in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Filing closed Monday for a special election to fill seats on Town Council vacated by several resignations in April.

    Wayne Rhodes, who has served on Kershaw Town Council before, and Pam Johnson have each filed to run for mayor. Jody Connell, who ran for a seat on Town Council in March during the regular election but was defeated, is also running for mayor.

    Genny Hendrix, who has served on council before, and Sonya Poole, have filed to run for the at-large seat. Michael Cook and Sherry Hunter have filed to run for the District 2 council seat.

  • Courthouse builder shares info

    Christopher Sardelli


    The company in charge of building the new county courthouse held an information session Monday night to share building opportunities for subcontractors.

    Standing in front of a three-dimensional model of the new courthouse, representatives from BE&K Building Group of Charlotte spoke to a crowd of more than 30 people at the Lancaster County Administration Building.

  • Lupus hindered but hasn't stopped Katey Coley

    Since she was diagnosed with lupus in 2003, Katey Coley has been working hard to keep both her grades and spirits up.

    While in middle school, doctors told Coley she had systemic lupus, an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s cells and affects how the body fights off diseases.

  • City Council considers going paperless

    Lancaster City Council may not follow the lead of two other local governing bodies in terms of its paper usage for meetings.

    At its May 26 meeting, council members discussed using electronic agendas instead of the paper agendas they use now. The possible switch is billed as a cost-saving measure.

    County Council and Lancaster County school board have both moved toward electronic agenda packets.

    “I thought we should follow the lead of what County Council is doing,” City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace said.

  • 19th century ax unearthed during courthouse reconstruction project

    More than 200 years after John Adams served as the second president of the United States, another man of the same name uncovered a piece of the county’s past at the historic Lancaster County Courthouse.

    John Adams, foreman on the courthouse restoration project, was working beside employee Isaac Wright, yanking up old floorboards on the second floor of the courthouse when he made the find on Wednesday.

    The work of pulling up damaged and water-worn boards near the front entrance was going smoothly when Wright called out to his boss.

  • Cerebral palsy hasn’t stopped Stephen Gonzalez

    Stephen Gonzalez isn’t supposed to be here to tell you his story of struggle and triumph.

    The Carolina Christian Academy graduating senior was diagnosed years ago with cerebral palsy, an umbrella term referring to a number of conditions that cause physical disability.

    Specifically, Gonzalez has right spastic diplegia, a central nervous system disorder that has affected his right leg movement.

    Years ago, Gonzalez was told that if he lived, he would be a vegetable – having to wear diapers and be fed through a tube.

  • Man, 68, dies when van rolls over him

    The owner of a local auto shop died Thursday morning at his home.

    Boyce Payne, 68, was pronounced dead about 10 a.m. after a van rolled on him in the yard of his Overbrook Road home, said Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight.

    Payne was working under the van when the accident happened about 9:20 a.m.

    Payne operated Payne’s Garage & Alignment on Echo Woods Drive, Knight said.

    Knight wouldn’t release Payne’s cause of death or any other information about the accident Thursday afternoon.

  • Child, 8, in hospital after near drowning

    INDIAN LAND - A week after almost drowning in an Indian Land community pool, a young girl remains in critical condition in a Charlotte hospital.

    On June 5, Kamila Strother, 8, of Indian Land, was found on the bottom of the BridgeMill neighborhood pool. Strother had been attending another child’s birthday party.

    At about 8 p.m. that day, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible drowning at 7135 Harcourt Crossing, which is the BridgeMill neighborhood pool.

  • Speaker offers young students advice and encouragement

    A major disability hasn’t kept New Jersey resident Malcolm Phillips from reaching out and sharing his story with the world.

    Phillips, 20, was born with cerebral palsy. He was the guest speaker at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School’s fifth-grade graduation June 3.

    He is the godson of Principal Gwen Minor.

    Phillips can’t walk or use his hands, and isn’t able to talk clearly. He gets around in a wheelchair and needs assistance with all tasks.