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Heath Springs delays painting train depot

By Greg Summers

HEATH SPRINGS – It’s no secret that the historic railroad depot in the county’s smallest town needs a fresh coat of paint, but town leaders are going to put off the work for at least one more month.
It’s not paying for the work that’s the issue, but getting someone to do it.
In April, members of town council appointed councilman Mark Bridges to work with administrator Tony Starnes to get bids for the work and then report back for their May meeting.


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Clemson part of federal consortium to envision new U.S. textile industry

Paul Alongi
Clemson University

CLEMSON — Clemson University experts will create virtual reality training programs and help veterans integrate into the work force as part of a $317 million federal plan that aims to remake U.S. textile manufacturing into a high-tech business.

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Relay raises $165K, beats goal by 20%

By Mandy Catoe

Lancaster County’s Relay for Life has blown past its fundraising goal by 20 percent, topping out at more than $165,000, thanks to the ongoing efforts of teams to push their totals higher after the April 29 annual event.
“Lancaster has raised $165,337.12, which is nearly $30,000 over their goal,” said Jami Myers, Relay for Life’s regional senior director.
The top four fundraising teams collected more than $10,000 each: Relay Rally Cats, $13,580; Team Dustin Carnes, $12,885; Founders Federal Credit Union, $11,345; and AR Rucker Middle, $10,100.


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Buford Battleground filming rescheduled

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Filming of a documentary on the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution by SCETV at Buford Battlefield this Saturday has been rescheduled because of the likelihood of rain.
Ken Obriot, president of Friends of the Buford Massacre Battlefield, said production of the program will instead be moved to Saturday, June 11, with crews filming throughout the day.
Obriot said with a 100 percent chance of rain this weekend, Friends and SCETV made the call to cancel this Saturday’s filming.


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William Witherspoon to lead S.C. Bar

By Reece Murphy

A Lancaster High School graduate and former Lancaster sheriff’s deputy is set to take the helm of the South Carolina Bar as the attorney organization’s new president.
William K. Witherspoon is to be sworn in during the Bar’s House of Delegates meeting in Columbia Thursday, an S.C. Bar release said. S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Costa Pleicones will administer the oath of office.


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Red Rose officials make preparations

Oh, no! Dismal festival forecast

By Greg Summers

This weekend’s Red Rose Festival is going on as scheduled, despite a dismal weather forecast.
“It’s rain or shine,” said Joe Timmons, events and promotions manager for the city of Lancaster. “The one thing we know how to do around here is wear rain boots.”
Friday’s weather forecast is calling for rain late in the day and overnight. Saturday’s forecast calls for heavy rain in the morning.
Timmons said he’s been checking weather forecasts almost hourly this week, hoping they will change.


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Animal shelter probe will last weeks

By Mandy Catoe

The state investigation of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter will likely continue for at least a couple of weeks, County Administrator Steve Willis said Tuesday.
The shelter will continue to respond to calls from rescue groups and the public and will open today with an abbreviated schedule, Willis said.


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Town council unanimously OKs defensive move against county

Kershaw hospitality tax moves ahead

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council gave preliminary approval to a 2 percent local hospitality tax Monday night, a move that would preempt Lancaster County from collecting any of that revenue if a countywide tax is approved later.
The unanimous Kershaw vote came on first reading of the ordinance, which will tax all prepared food, beverage and alcohol sales in bars, restaurants and other establishments in the corporate town limits.


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Kershaw considers ‘splash pad’ at park

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Stevens Park and Kershaw Recreation Center has rooms to rent, a bowling alley, playground equipment, a skate park, amphitheater, gazebo, walking trails and a swimming pool. A sand volleyball court is under construction.
But there is a room for more and town officials are considering the notion of adding a splash-pad play area to the aquatic amenities, said town councilman Jody Connell.
Connell said the idea was discussed during a March meeting with members of the Kershaw Community Park Council over future plans at Stevens Park.


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Los Mariachis cited for alcohol violation

By Greg Summers

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has cited a local eatery for selling alcohol to minors.
SLED spokesman Thom Berry said one of its alcohol enforcement team agents for the 6th Judicial Circuit cited Los Mariachis Restarante Mexicano, 1217 S.C. 9 Bypass West, on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) for selling alcohol to minors.
“A complaint was lodged with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, and our agent went in with some of theirs to check the business,” Berry said.
The SLED agent issued one citation to a Los Mariachis patron for underage drinking.


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