• County moves forward with workforce study

    Can a new study help put county residents back to work?
    County Council hopes a $20,000 workforce study it approved in September will help find new ways to decrease unemployment in the county. Greenville-based marketing research and workforce development agency 10-x presented an outline of the study to several members of County Council during an economic development committee meeting on Monday night.

  • Paid in full – a celebration

    You can enjoy the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department’s tasty barbecue today and Saturday.
    But members of the department, the community helpers who assist with the barbecue and some current and past Lancaster County officials got a taste of it at a special event Thursday.
    The event wasn’t just a preview of coming attractions – it was a celebration of an accomplishment of the Elgin department and those volunteers who make its twice-yearly barbecue possible.

  • Old jail depicted on Christmas ornament

    A historic building that has made headlines in recent months is now depicted on a shiny holiday fixture.
    The old Lancaster jail on Gay Street is featured on the 2010 Lancaster Christmas Ornament. Each year, one of the county’s historic places is featured on a ornament. The series began in 2000.
    Jimola Wade, marketing coordinator for See Lancaster SC, unveiled the newest ornament Tuesday evening at the Springs House.
    “I think we’ve got a great ornament this year,” she said. “It’ll make a wonderful Christmas present.”

  • Two women wounded in shooting

    Police are looking for suspects in an early Sunday morning shooting that left two Lancaster women wounded.
    Officers came to Springs Memorial Hospital after receiving a call from the hospital staff about the two gunshot victims, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
    The shooting is believed to have taken place between 1 and 1:45 a.m. Sunday.
    Officers said one of the victims, age 20, evaded their questions. She could not remember details and changed her stories, the report said.

  • Mobley to seek Senate seat

    Lancaster pharmacy owner Hugh Mobley became the first person to officially throw his hat into the ring for the District 16 state Senate seat on Tuesday.
    Mobley, a pharmacist and owner of Mobley Drugs, said he will run for the seat, which will be vacant after Republican Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land assumes his duties in the U.S. Congress. Mulvaney bested Democratic incumbent John Spratt of York for the 5th District congressional seat in last week’s midterm elections. Spratt has held the seat since 1983.

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  • Deputies looking for suspect in armed robbery

    No arrests have been made in an armed robbery that took place shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday outside an 11th Street home.
    A 59-year-old woman said she pulled into her driveway, opened her car door and started to pet her cat when she looked up and noticed a man standing there, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
    The woman told deputies that the man pointed a handgun at her and demanded all of her money.
    The assailant took $300, the report said.

  • 3 men invade house, rob man at gunpoint

    A West Hood Street man tells police three men entered his house, robbed him at gunpoint and made him strip naked Sunday night.
    The victim told Lancaster police he was sitting on his couch watching TV when three men came through his front door and robbed him about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
    The three men each had handguns and were wearing ski masks, according to an incident report.
    The victim told police the intruders hit him in the face with a gun several times and made him take off all his clothes. They took $200 from his pants pocket, the report said.

  • Scout food drive is Saturday

    Local Boy Scouts are doing their part to help the less fortunate in Lancaster County.
    The L&C (Lancaster and Chester) District of Boy Scouts of America will again be taking part in the organization’s annual Scouting for Food drive.
    From about 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, members of local Boy Scouts units will be going throughout neighborhoods in the county collecting food, which will be given to HOPE in Lancaster.

  • Fort Lawn to get new mayor

    John Rumford is the mayor-elect of Fort Lawn.
    He defeated incumbent Charles “Clif” Ferguson by a vote of 121 to 54 in Tuesday’s Town Council election.
    Rumford, chairman of the Fort Lawn Community Center, beat Ferguson, the town’s 10-year mayor by a more than 2-to-1 margin.
    “I’m very gratified by the support of the people of Fort Lawn,” Rumford said. “I look forward to working with the council, the staff and the people of Fort Lawn to make decisions that are best for the town of Fort Lawn.”