• 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.

  • Gold mine water tank takes shape

    KERSHAW – Motorists who frequent S.C. 601 on the outskirts of the town will soon have a new landmark to use as a reference point.
    The concrete pad was finished Dec. 21 for a 250,000-gallon water tank for the Haile Gold Mine operation.
    The steel is being delivered and construction on the tank will start this week, said Kershaw Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.
    Crews also will start cutting between 60 and 62 trees along Church Street to make room for a 12-inch water line that ties Haile Gold Mine to the town’s water system.

  • Filing opens for school board seat

    Candidates for the Lancaster County school board District 1 seat can officially file today through noon Jan. 3 at the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Elections Office.
    If only one person files for the seat, no special election will be held, and that person will be sworn into office at the first regular or called board meeting after Jan. 23.
    If at least two people file, a special election will be held on Feb. 28.
    Filing opened Friday, but the election office was closed for the holidays.

  • A ‘doggone’ good Christmas

    Alexandra Mester
    Toledo Blade (Ohio) Staff Writer

    MONROE, Mich. – One extraordinarily lucky pooch got just what he wanted for Christmas this year: his family.
    Jake, a 4½-year-old “pit bull,” was reunited with his owners Saturday after a gut-wrenching month apart.
    “I never thought we’d ever get him back,” said Larry Perrin of Lancaster.

  • Search continues for missing man
  • Christmas Basket nearing its target

    The Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket received another 43 donations this week, bringing the total to $8,215.25.
    “Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Ward Faulkenberry Sr. Christmas Basket program has almost met this year’s goal of $10,000,” said Bekah Clawson, executive director for HOPE in Lancaster.
    The money raised is used for Christmas meal food boxes and for gifts to fill stockings.

  • Per-capita incomes skyrocket in county

    Per-capita income in Lancaster County has shot up in the past five years, propelled mostly by gains in the fast-growing Panhandle.
    The county was last in the state on the 2011 income list, at $22,897 per person. This year’s figure is $38,043, up 66 percent in five years, according to a new report from the S.C. Department of Revenue and Towncharts.com.
    Lancaster now ranks ninth-highest among the 46 S.C. counties and well above the state average of $32,505.

  • Gilbert tweaks incentives

    The incentive package that helped land 1,500 CompuCom jobs is unlike any Lancaster County has offered before – molded by painful lessons from the Fancy Pokket deal and the experience of the county’s new chief business recruiter.
    “I want our community to be the most aggressive county in the state for local incentives,” said Jamie Gilbert, who has been county economic development director since July. “At the same time, we expect performance and accountability.”

  • 3 siblings needed a rescue

    Last Christmas, the Sendler family was busier than usual. That happens when you double your household.
    It was Shawn and Heather Sendler and their two kids, Addison, 8, and Baylor, 6. Plus three foster children, tight-knit siblings ages 9, 8 and 2, who had been staying with them for a few months.
    The home was overflowing with love and acceptance, but it wasn't a permanent arrangement.
    Now it is.