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  • Pope hangs up robe

    Jaqueline “Jackie” M. Pope, the first female chief magistrate in Lancaster County history, wore her Judge’s robe for the last time Friday.
    “It has been an honor and a privilege to do this,” said Pope, who is retiring after more than 20 years of service.
    A Winthrop graduate, she worked in the school system 17 years before becoming a part-time magistrate for the town of Kershaw in November 1995.

  • Christmas basket short of $10k goal

    The last donations for the Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket are in with a grand total of $8,465.25, short of the $10,000 goal.
    HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster, the nonprofit that’s spearheaded the project since 2008, received two donations this week.

  • Driver crashes into house, flees, leaves mess

    There is a gaping 28-square-foot hole in the back wall of 530 Miller Street.
    Local florist Linda McCray, who rents the neat 2-bedroom brick home to her nephew, knows how it got there. She just doesn’t know who did it.
    Someone drove a car into the foundation of the Southside community home on Christmas Eve.
    Then, they drove away, leaving an empty gin bottle and discarded beer bottle on the ground, along with a mess for McCray to deal with.

  • $40K repairs paying off at Kershaw golf course

    KERSHAW – The repairs and refurbishments at Kershaw’s municipal golf course have cost $40,000 since they started in May, putting the course’s expenditures 21 percent over budget halfway through the fiscal year.
    But revenues and rounds played have shot up because of the improvements, and Mayor Mark Dorman is giving the project a thumbs up so far.
    “We’re doing really well,” he said. “Without it (the improvements), I don’t know where we’d be today. It was money well spent.

  • Pet ‘sanctuary’ planned

    The pieces are falling into place for Gloria Davey, a cheerfully obsessed 64-year-old Indian Land retiree.
    Six years ago, she started the nonprofit animal-rescue group Paws in the Panhandle, with a thrift shop to generate revenues. In 2014, the group paid $92,000 for 12 acres near Fort Mill. Now, with architectural plans ready, she is raising money to build her dream – a no-kill shelter that would save more than 1,000 dogs and cats each year.
    “I feel so blessed to have such great people helping make this much-needed facility a reality,” Davey said.

  • Vandals return to school bus lot

    One or more vandals broke windows on five cars in the Lancaster County School District bus parking lot Dec. 21, one day after six buses were vandalized in the same lot.
    The bus lot is on the home side of Lancaster County Memorial Stadium.
    Each of the five vehicles had one shattered window, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. A cell phone and flashlights were stolen from one vehicle, the report said.
    The car break-ins occurred between 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 21 and was reported at 10:22 p.m.

  • Looking Back at 2016

    Looking Back: Lancaster County
    Chamber honors ‘Mrs. Jackie’
    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce honored those who serve others at its annual awards banquet in January 2016.  

  • Jerry Cauthen’s body found

    After days of searching for Jerry Roscoe Cauthen, who walked away from a nursing home in Heath Springs last week, his body was found Wednesday morning in a heavily wooded area off Flint Ridge Road, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Cauthen, 74, died from exposure due to the environment, according to a statement from Lancaster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Deese.
    Cauthen had been missing since Dec. 23, one day after being checked into Heath Springs Residential Care Center, 614 Hart St.

  • SCDOT to close Monticello Road for repairs

    The S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT) will close Monticello Road to through traffic beginning Jan. 3 to repair a faulty culvert pipe beneath it.

    Monticello Road is in the Elgin community and runs from Bailey Road to South Potter Road. During that time, those who normally use the closed off portion will have to use Doc Garris Road as a detour. Follow Kershaw Camden Highway south, then turn left onto Doc Garris and go 1.18 miles to South Potter Road and turn left again. Go .36 miles and Monticello Road will be on the left.

  • Southern pine beetles threaten South Carolina’s stressed trees

    Jim Melvin
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON – For about 15 years, South Carolina’s most destructive forest insect has been lying low, but damage caused by recent droughts, storms and fires raises the specter of a resurgence.
    Sizable infestations of southern pine beetles have been few and far between since the last major outbreak in 2000-02, when the tiny but voracious creatures caused about $1.5 billion in damage in the Southeastern United States to loblolly, shortleaf, longleaf, pitch, pond and Virginia pines.