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  • New playground a done deal

    KERSHAW – Two years after rotting timbers closed the Stevens Park playground, a $375,000 fundraising drive to replace the equipment has been completed, and construction will begin Friday.
    The work is expected to take about two weeks. All the grading and site preparation is complete, and the new playground equipment has arrived.
    “We’re excited,” said Beverly Timmons, general coordinator for the nonprofit Kershaw Community Park Council. “And if everyone who’s pledged sends in their donation, we will have the money.”

  • Tight Squeeze

    The trailer parked outside Lancaster County Fire Rescue is a claustrophobe’s worst nightmare.
    It’s filled with simulated pipes, culverts and crawlspaces that firefighters must shimmy through in full gear, training for real-life confined spaces where lives would be at stake.
    Lancaster County Fire Rescue, along with members of the Lancaster Fire Department and two from Lugoff Fire Department, participated in Confined Space Rescue Training last week.

  • NASC hosting 7-day road trip to see historic, cultural sites

    From release

    USC Lancaster is organizing a trip to visit Native American cultural and historical sites across the Southeast this May.
    Faculty from USCL’s Native American Studies Center will lead a seven-day bus tour through the Carolinas, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
    Heading out on Friday, May 18, this educational road trip will make its first stop at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, N.C.

  • Gardening as therapy

    The Lancaster Garden Club treated a large group at Lancaster-Chester Disabilities and Special Needs to a little gardening therapy Tuesday morning.
    More than 30 participants welcomed the garden club members for the annual event. Each person planted a small plant to take home and watch grow. Everyone enjoyed a hot dog lunch and sang songs. The ages of the individuals who attended ranged from 18 to over 60 years old.

  • Citadel House celebrates those who’ve become self-sufficient

    More than 30 guests, program sponsors and participants crowded the Lancaster Bowling Center on Thursday to celebrate the Citadel House’s achievements after one-year of serving the county’s homeless.
    “We serve them, and show love to them,” said Ismary Alvarenga, a volunteer with El Camino Ministry. “It’s our passion to be servants of the Lord.”

  • Solicitor Newman running for 2nd term

    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman on Thursday launched his candidacy for a second term in office.
    The Republican prosecutor, whose circuit includes Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties, made his announcement at the Historic Courthouse in Lancaster.
    “I went through what I said I would do the first time, and I’ll continue to do that,” Newman said. “I’ve done everything that I said that I would do.”

  • Local students shine at Braille Challenge

    Two Lancaster County students came home victorious and another took second place in his division at the 2018 S.C. Regional Braille Challenge in Columbia.
    The winners were Buford Elementary second-grader Landon Bryson, 7, and homeschooler Jenna Cross, 9. Jenna’s brother Joshua, also 9, was a runner-up at the state competition.
    “I thought I was going to fail,” Landon said. “When I won, I jumped up and down so hard that I hit my hand. But I didn’t cry, because it didn’t hurt.”

  • Jo Dee Messina brings feisty country to USCL

    More than two decades ago, Jo Dee Messina became a country music-chart topper with a feisty, slightly rebellious sound, willing to leave her fate to the toss of a coin as in her first hit, “Heads Carolina, Tails California.”
    Messina is a little less carefree now but still feisty. These days, it’s more about holding on than letting go. She has two children and runs her own music label, Dreambound Records.

  • How would becoming a town affect IL services?

    With the Indian Land incorporation vote only weeks away, much has been said about how incorporation would change Indian Land and, depending on one’s stance on the issue, the benefits or drawbacks those changes would have on its residents.
    Aside from the contentious issues of law enforcement and road maintenance, much less attention has been paid to the other services proposed for a future town of Indian Land beyond their overall impact on property taxes.

  • How are new gas taxes being spent?

    COLUMBIA – S.C. motorists began paying 2 cents more per gallon for fuel plus several fee increases July 1, the first phase in a six-year series of revenue hikes that will raise billions to fix and maintain the state’s roads and bridges.
    So how much new tax money has been generated? How much has been spent? And what has this new money paid for?
    State Comptroller Richard Eckstrom is providing the answers.