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  • No Christmas break for blue laws

    The Lord triumphed in County Council chambers Monday night. Council voted against repealing the blue laws in the county through Jan. 4.   County Administrator Steve Willis said he brought up the ordinance for council to consider in light of the national economic downturn. Willis said surrounding counties, such as York, and Union and Mecklenburg in North Carolina, don’t have blue laws, which prohibit the sale of certain items before 1:30 p.m. on Sundays.

  • USCL job fair to host 30 firms

    Lancaster residents will have a chance to meet with prospective employers at a job fair at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. The job fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at USCL.

  • ‘All this can be repaired,’ official says during tour

    The Lancaster County Courthouse is a shadow of its former glory. The inside of the 180-year-old structure, which was heavily damaged by arson on Aug.

  • Man shot in face

     A Lancaster man is in critical condition after he was shot in his face and chest Sunday evening at his Elm Street home. 

    The man, 36, and his wife were in their bedroom when they heard a noise come from the back door, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

  • Courthouse fire leads to upgrades to two historic Chester buildings

    CHESTER – When the Lancaster County Courthouse and 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in downtown Lancaster were damaged by an arsonist in early August, steps were taken in Chester to ensure that buildings there wouldn’t be a target. Chester City Council received information from Police Chief Mike Brown just after

  • 2008 High School exit exam scores improve

    Lancaster County students who took the high school exit exam for the first time in 2008 performed better than those who took the test a year before, according to state data released last week.

    A little more than 77 percent of 10th graders in Lancaster County School District passed the English and math sections of the High School Assessment Program, or HSAP, this year. That’s a jump from 2007, when 75.8 percent of 10th graders passed both sections.

  • HOPE honors volunteers at annual banquet

    For 25 years, many locals have worked tirelessly to ensure HOPE of Lancaster is able to assist those in need in the community.

    HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively, puts on an annual banquet as a way to show appreciation for its volunteers. This year’s banquet was held Tuesday night at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s Bradley Building.

  • Educators receive state arts awards

    Two Lancaster County educators have received recognition from the S.C. Art Educators Association.

    David Platts, fine arts specialist for the Lancaster County School District, and Teresa Petty, art teacher at Indian Land Middle School, were recognized at a reception at the Springs House on Tuesday.

    ‘A job I believe in’

    Platts, 41, received the SCAEA’s art administrator of the year award.

  • Two men shot near county line Friday

    KERSHAW – Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about two shooting victims on Red Oak Road on Friday afternoon.

    Two people were reportedly shot in Kershaw County and ended up on Red Oak Road in Lancaster County, said Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tom Holland.

    One victim was shot in the lung or abdomen, and the other was grazed on the head, Holland said.

    A neighbor called 911 about 4:30 p.m. to report the incident after seeing the men lying in a yard. 

  • Artisan's Center to receive hospitality funding from City Council

    The Artisan’s Center on Main Street is one step closer towards becoming an arts hub for the city of Lancaster.

    Lancaster City Council unanimously approved $24,000 in funding Tuesday to help relocate art classes from the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to the new Artisan’s Center. The funding will come from Lancaster’s hospitality fund.

    Helen Sowell, city administrator, said city council will most likely wait to give the funding to the center, until Lancaster County Council decides on a similar motion.