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  • County Council considers rezonings in Indian Land

    The development of a mobile home park across from Jan Tacy’s Walnut Creek neighborhood would be a “slap in the face,” she told county officials earlier this month. 

  • County Council revises temporary housing process

     

  • Children not hurt in bus accident

    A ride to school hit a slight speed bump for several children after a car sideswiped their school bus Tuesday morning, Aug. 27, though no children were injured. 

  • Countdown to Kindergarten reaches 100 local children

    Lancaster County First Steps’ Countdown to Kindergarten program dramatically expanded its effectiveness this year by reaching more than three times the number of local children as last year.

  • Jesef Williams reflects on time at TLN

    Editor’s Note: Reporter Jesef Williams is leaving The Lancaster News to take a public relations position in Jacksonville, Fla. He’s worked for The Lancaster News for seven years. Today is his last day.

  • Council hears update on smoking ordinance

    It’s been five months since Lancaster County officially quashed smoking inside restaurants, and most bars, as well as many other public-access areas, and organizers of the initiative say the community has adapted well to the change. 

  • Woman scammed out of money by duo

    Police are searching for a man and woman who reportedly swindled a Lancaster woman Wednesday, Aug. 21.

    An officer spoke with the 72-year-old victim just after 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Big Lots, 1206 S.C. 9 Bypass West, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

    The woman said she had just been scammed out of $144 by a man and woman she didn’t know.

  • Unwanted county statistic

    For the second year in a row, Lancaster County was ranked one of the worst in South Carolina for motorcycle fatalities. 

    The rankings, which take into account all of the state’s 46 counties, were released earlier this month as part of AAA Carolinas’ annual list of dangerous counties for collisions. 

    The county ranked fourth in the study’s classification for best chance of being in a fatal crash, down two spots from its ranking in 2011. 

  • Local student performance on ACT shows improvement

     

    Lancaster County student performance overall on the ACT college entrance exam improved over last year, though changes made in the evaluation process make comparisons to past years difficult.

    The news comes as a result of ACT data released Wednesday, Aug. 21, by the S.C. Department of Education.

    ACT is a curriculum-based test intended to assess college-bound students’ academic skills and ability to complete college-level work.

  • County’s jobless rate declines in July

    Lancaster County saw a decline in its official unemployment rate from June to July, according to data released last week by the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    The county had a 10 percent unemployment rate for July, compared to 10.8 percent the month before.

    By comparison, the county’s unemployment rate was 12.4 percent in July 2012.

    Last month, the county had an official labor force of 32,097. Of that total, 3,206 residents were officially unemployed.