Local News

  • Jobless rate here declines to 15.1 percent

    Lancaster County’s jobless rate dropped by almost a point in May to 15.1 percent, according to the latest unemployment report form the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce.

    Released Friday, the data shows the county’s jobless rate dropping from 16.0 percent, a 0.9 percent change from April to May.

    The county ranked seventh in the state for the number of unemployed in the month.

    Marion County had the highest jobless rate in the state for the month at 18 percent, the same as it was in April.

  • City Council to vote on budget

    Lancaster City Council is slated to vote on final reading of its 2010-11 budget Tuesday.

    Recommendations in the $22.39 million budget include a 2 percent across-the-board raise for city employees. No staff layoffs are proposed.

    The proposed budget has a 3 percent increase in the fee for city water and sewer usage. Trash rates, though, will remain the same.

  • Lancaster Area Ride Service a success

    Since its debut less than a year ago, the Lancaster Area Ride Service has more than doubled its ridership.

    Operated by the Lancaster County Council on Aging, LARS transports non-Medicaid recipients to appointments with licensed physicians and other providers in Lancaster County and beyond. In a report to the county, Council on Aging executive director Sally Sherrin said ridership has dramatically increased since the service debuted last October.

  • GOP voters return to polls on Tuesday

    South Carolina voters will return to the polls Tuesday to vote in several statewide Republican runoffs.

    In the GOP race for governor, state Rep. Nikki Haley of Lexington, who fell just short of winning the party nomination in the June 8 primary, will face U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster.

    The winner will challenge state Sen. Vincent Sheheen of Camden, whose district includes part of Lancaster County. Sheheen easily won the Democratic primary for governor and faces no runoff.

  • Mayor Shaw: Lancaster has many bright spots

    Despite increased unemployment and a recent string of crime, Joe Shaw says there are a lot of things to be proud of in the city of Lancaster.

    The longtime mayor of Lancaster was the guest speaker at the Lancaster Lunch Rotary Club’s weekly meeting Thursday at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.

    Shaw said Lancaster has experienced much growth during the 28 years he’s been mayor. There has been a new city hall, a second fire station as well as the addition of the Municipal Justice Center, which houses the Lancaster Police Department.

  • Two face charges in separate stabbings

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigated two stabbings within hours of each other on Thursday and early Friday.

    According to press releases, an argument between several people at a party on Taxahaw Road ended up with a 21-year-old Heath Springs man getting stabbed in the stomach.

    Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home at 1:25 a.m. and arrived to find the man holding a shirt to his abdomen. He was bleeding heavily, according to the release.

  • Work on the I-77 bridge spans in Chester County takes a new step

    The S.C. Department of Transportation reports that work on the bridge decks has begun on both the northbound and southbound spans on Interstate 77 at exit 62 in Chester County.

    Both bridges are being replaced following the discovery of cracks in some of the steel beams on the two bridges during a routine inspection on April 29.

  • What to do about violence?

    There wasn’t a large crowd, but that didn’t matter to Lancaster City Councilwoman Tamara Green Garris.

    Her crime watch group, Lancaster Alternative Policing Strategy, held a community forum Friday night at the Lancaster Police Department to discuss violence with a panel of guests, including pastors, city and county council members and law enforcement officials. About 15 people came out for the forum.

  • Great Falls man, 28, hospitalized after shooting on Tripp Lane

    A Great Falls man was injured in a shooting at a home on Tripp Lane on Tuesday night.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, deputies were called to the home about 10 p.m. because of a shooting.

    When deputies arrived, they found the 28-year-old man lying on the floor in the bedroom. He had a gunshot wound to his abdomen, the report said.

  • County finance department wins award for 11th time

    It’s been 11 years and 11 wins for the county’s finance department.

    Veronica Thompson, who has served as the county’s finance director for the last nine years, has helped the county win its 11th straight award for its comprehensive annual financial report, or CAFR.

    Thompson and her finance department are in charge of compiling the report, which recently won its 11th Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officer’s Association.