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  • Heath Springs manufacturing building draws some interest

    HEATH SPRINGS – The shuttered and gated old U.S. Textiles building has been on the market less than a month, but it’s already drawing interest.
    “We’ve shown the building twice to one company we’ve been working with for several months,” said Jamie Gilbert, director of the Lancaster County Economic Development Department.

  • All is huge at Haile Gold Mine

    The first impression you get touring the Haile Gold Mine site is how immense everything seems.
    It covers 5,700 acres, or 8.5 square miles. That’s 30 percent bigger than the city of Lancaster. It has 19-foot-tall dump trucks that cost $2.5 million apiece. One tire can cost $40,000.
    The main pit is 700 feet deep. Workers can extract, crush and process 65,000 tons of rock per day. For every 20 tons of rock, they will produce one precious ounce of gold.

  • Greenway launches $3M campaign

    The Lindsay Pettus Greenway on Friday announced an ambitious $3 million fundraising campaign to pay for the first 2 miles of the walking trial along Gills Creek through the city of Lancaster.
    Greenway President Sherri Gregory said the project has already received commitments totaling $750,000 toward that goal.
    “We’ve been out working in the community and gathering partnerships,” Gregory said during the campaign kickoff at USC Lancaster.

  • Road crew stands as honor guard

    White Street has often been a clattering, steaming, confusing mess in front of Lancaster Funeral Home during the past few weeks of road resurfacing.
    Wednesday was one of those days.
    Owner Hazel Cauthen alerted the road-builders that the funeral procession for Ricky McManus Sr. would be leaving about 2:30 p.m. on its way to Lancaster Memorial Park. He hoped the workers might stop for a minute or two so the line of cars could leave his parking lot easily.
    The crew from Lynches River Contracting did far more than that.

  • 248 AJHS kids stay home, but no trouble

    KERSHAW – There were no security problems Wednesday at Andrew Jackson High School, but more than a third of the students did not show up for classes, one day after a note was found in a restroom threatening a shooting on campus.
    AJHS reported 248 absentees Wednesday among its 630 students, but attendance was almost back to normal Thursday, with just 58 absent. The school usually has 45 to 50 students out each day.
    The threat also influenced nearby Andrew Jackson Middle School’s attendance, with 120 of its 487 students absent Wednesday.

  • Oh my goodness, that’s tasty!

    Slow-cookers brimming with chicken stew were turned on at 7 a.m. The first of 300 chicken legs went on the grill at 8. By that time, the barbecue had been smoking for 12 hours.
    The Thelathia Barnes Bailey Textbook Scholarship 2017 Soul Food Cook Off competition was off and running Tuesday before the food samplers’ taste buds had finished breakfast.
    Seven teams served bite-sized portions of their masterpieces to an overflow lunchtime crowd of hundreds in USC Lancaster’s Arnold Special Events Room.

  • 2 charged in ILHS break-in, vandalism

    Two teens were arrested Monday for breaking into Indian Land High School overnight and causing extensive damage throughout the facility, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

  • K-9 Rescue

    A suspicious fire destroyed a home in southeast Lancaster Tuesday, but firefighters were able to resuscitate a pet dog that had been overcome by smoke inside.
    Firefighters were dispatched to 2134 Barnett St. about 12:10 p.m. They found flames already burning through the back of a small mobile home.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Stephen Blackwelder said firefighters doused the flames within minutes, but extensive damage left the home uninhabitable.
    Blackwelder said the fire was being investigated by the sheriff’s office as suspicious.

  • Restroom note threatens Wednesday attack at AJHS

    KERSHAW – Students will face metal detectors and heightened police protection Wednesday at Andrew Jackson High School after a note was found in a student restroom Tuesday afternoon threatening a shooting at the school.
    “We don’t have enough information to say this threat is credible,” said Bryan Vaughn, the Lancaster County School District's safety director. “But we take this event very seriously, and we’re going to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

  • Man shot on East Meeting Street

    UPDATE:
    A man was wounded in a torrent of gunfire Monday afternoon on East Meeting Street in Lancaster, but was able to run to a convenience store on S.C. 9 Bypass and get help.
    “It didn’t appear to be life threatening,” said Capt. Scott Grant, the Lancaster Police Department’s interim police chief. “It was just a graze to the ear.”
    The victim was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.