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  • Though destructive and deadly, wildfires also replenish nature

    Jim Melvin
    Clemson University

    PICKENS – When people and property are endangered, wildfires are viewed as calamities, but they can also play an integral role in the health of a forest by thinning trees, burning dead or decaying matter and returning nutrients to the soil.

  • Indian Land convenience center pushed back again

    Indian Land’s long-awaited recycling and household trash convenience center should be ready for use by the end of the month, contractors working on the site told Lancaster County officials.
    The new target date is the latest revised opening date in a project that has been in the works since April 2015. County officials had most recently hoped to open the convenience center with basic services by Dec. 31.

  • Olsen’s property sold for back taxes

    The Pressley’s Recycling Center property has been auctioned off for payment of back taxes, according to the Lancaster County Delinquent Tax Collector’s Office.
    The pending sale is the latest development involving the company and owner Ron Olsen since December 2011 when the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control outlined multiple regulatory violations at the site.

  • Ex-animal shelter director charged

    The former director of the Lancaster County Animal Shelter turned herself in Friday  after authorities charged her with misappropriating county funds for personal use.
    According to a SLED release, Shandrieka “Shandy” Michelle Everall, 38, is charged with breach of trust valued at $2,000 or less.
    Everall, who was known as Shandy Miller when she worked at the shelter, was booked Friday morning at the Lancaster County Detention Center and released after posting a $2,000 personal recognizance bond.

  • Coroner: Asphyxia killed 4th grader

    Ten-year-old Dylan Lemieux died from asphyxia, the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office reported Friday after conducting an autopsy.
    “The manner of death is still under investigation by Lancaster County Coroner’s Office in conjunction with Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and SLED Child Fatality Division,” the coroner's release stated.
    Investigators would release no further information Friday on the circumstances surrounding the death of the Harrisburg Elementary fourth grader.

  • Events mark MLK holiday weekend

    The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday observance is Monday, Jan. 16.
    The following are some of the local events and activities planned to honor the Dr. King, the African American civil rights leader who was born on Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, and assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis.
    Saturday, Jan. 14
    ◆ 9 a.m. – Broadcast television and radio personality Beatrice Thompson is the keynote speaker for the United Citizens Club’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at the Heath Springs community center, 672 Hart St.

  • Kershaw has full plate of capital projects

    KERSHAW – These days, Town Administrator Mitch Lucas can rattle off a list of already in-progress and future capital projects and upgrades off the top of his head.
    That list includes constructing a water tank and water lines to tie Haile Gold Mine to town utilities, fixing roof leaks at the memorial library building and making restrooms at the country club ADA compliant.
    If it only ended there, Lucas said.

  • More room for industry in Heath Springs park

    HEATH SPRINGS – Lancaster County’s smallest town has one tenant – Rico Industries – in its industrial park.
    But there’s room for more, said Town Administrator Tony Starnes.
    With so much attention being paid to Indian Land to the north and Kershaw to the south, Starnes wants to lay the groundwork to build a second spec building at Heath Springs Industrial Park on U.S. 521 South.

  • Rep. Norrell backs medical cannabis bill

    The bipartisan group of legislators cosponsoring a bill to legalize medical cannabis in the state wasted no time introducing it this week during the session’s opening day.
    The S.C. Compassionate Care Act would allow state residents with “debilitating medical conditions and a recommendation from their physician” to use medical cannabis.
    Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) said she supports the bill because she’s met people who “have conditions where it can help or have been helped.”

  • Probe under way in 4th grader's death

    A Harrisburg Elementary School fourth grader died Wednesday evening at Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville, and the cause of death is under investigation, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight Deese.
    The student, Dylan Lemieux, is the son of Daniel and Stacey Lemieux. The parents could not be reached before press time.
    “We’re in shock more than anything,” said Harrisburg Principal Steven Puckett. “I think that’s the overall atmosphere in the building... losing one of our babies like that.