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Report: Market local culture arts

By Johnathan Ryan

A report on how Lancaster County should focus its efforts to attract tourists to its cultural and heritage attractions is out after months of preparation.

The County Tourism Report was prepared by consultants hired by See Lancaster last fall with a $25,000 competitive grant from the S.C. Budget and Control Board. The report seeks to highlight the county's assets for cultural heritage tourism, defined as "visits to a community motivated in whole or in part based on the community's history and culture."


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Breaking News Home of accused killer burns

By Jesef Williams

Authorities are investigating the early Tuesday burning of the two-story house that accused killer Darren Winchester used to live in.

Firefighters received a call about 2 a.m. Tuesday that the house near Blakley Crossroads was on fire and the blaze was "fully involved," sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

Firefighters were called out later that day to douse hot spots.

"It pretty much burned to the ground," Holland said.

The sheriff's office is treating the fire as suspicious and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made.


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Breaking News Teen charged in shooting death

By Jesef Williams

A Lancaster teen has been charged with murder after authorities say he shot a man on Memorial Park Road on Saturday night.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Alphonzo Markee Robinson, 16, 1271 Springdale Road, with murder.

Sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said Robinson has been charged as an adult.

Holland said deputies and state troopers responded to the 1500 block of Memorial Park Road just after 9:15 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call about a hit-and-run car crash there.


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Programs available for laid-off workers at employment office

By Johnathan Ryan

Workers who have been laid off may take advantage of an array of programs offered through the local S.C. Employment Commission.

Workers may attend workshops on interview skills, resume building and basic skills, such as WorkKeys, on top of federal and state assistance programs to pay for new technical and vocational training.

Counselors offer the usual job search help at the employment office. Office Director Lynda Burke and AARP partner Iris Hinckley say it is important for people to realize their true knowledge and skills to determine where to point their searches.


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Schools get $4.5 million from feds

By Jesef Williams

The Lancaster County School District is receiving federal money that will help reduce alcohol use and foster more physical activity among students and encourage them to attend college. The grants total nearly $4.5 million.

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded the district the following three grants:

– Gear-Up Program Grant

– Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant

– Alcohol Abuse Reduction Grant

The is the second time the district has been awarded these grants.

Gear-Up


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Charro's serves up Mexican flavor

By Jenny Hartley

Mexican food with flavor and presentation – that's what Charro Mexican Restaurant offers.

The restaurant on S.C. 200 South opened May 9. Business is slow now, said owner Sebastian Castillo, but he expects it to pick up once people hear how good his food is.

Castillo offers the same food he grew up eating – the dishes his frugal mother made for him and his five siblings when he was growing up in the mid-south part of Mexico.


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Friday at Last goes on in Kershaw

By Johnathan Ryan

KERSHAW – Without See Lancaster's involvement this year, the show still goes on with the Kershaw Friday at Last, planned for Friday night.

From 7 to 10 p.m., the public is invited to come out to the grassy lot next to the Kershaw Fire Department on Hampton Street and enjoy music by Chiney Berry Shade, a Camden band that plays beach, country and classic rock.


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Kids go bananas in 'Jungle Book'

By Natalie Harris

Six-year-old Caleb Griffin is just so special. He says that's why the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County cast him as Mowgli in "Disney's The Jungle Book Kids."

"Mama says I'm just so special," he said. "I'm specialer."

Griffin is one of 60 children cast for the production, which opens Friday.


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History of Haile Gold Mine

By The Staff

The Haile Gold Mine was once the largest gold mine in the Southeast, covering 1,800 acres. It was one of 13 mines in Lancaster County and one of the state's 130 mines.

Mining operations at Haile Gold Mine started with the panning method, moved to small open pit, larger open pit and then went underground. The final phase used the large open pit method. A crude gold/silver mixture called "dore" was shipped from the mine.

Col. Benjamin Haile was the first to discover gold at the site. It was found in Ledbetter Creek near a grist mill on his plantation in 1827.


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Committee favors $33M courthouse

By Jenny Hartley

A new courthouse for Lancaster County could cost $33 million.

Members of the county's capital projects sales tax commission talked with County Council members Monday night. The commission is charged with developing a ballot question for a November bond referendum.

The county will not be able to borrow such a large amount, so it will have to issue bonds to fund construction of a new courthouse.

Voters will have the chance to vote on a 1 percent sales tax to pay off the bonds during the November election.


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