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  • Kershaw OKs $148K contract for fire service

    Kershaw Town Council renewed the town’s fire service contract with Lancaster County during Monday night’s special called meeting.
    The contract – projected to be $148,922 for the 2017-18 fiscal year – provides the town with two fulltime firefighters for eight hours a day, Monday through Friday.
    Mitch Lucas, Kershaw town administrator, said the town gets the “most bang for our buck” from this contract.

  • S.C. traffic deaths up slightly from last year

    South Carolina has seen a slight increase in the number of traffic fatalities statewide so far this year, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
    As of May 29, 2016, there have been 402 deaths reported on the state’s roadways, up from 396 a year earlier. This year seven have died in Lancaster County.

  • Beckee Garris turns 70, finishes college, finds a new mission

    Catawba native Beckee Garris has been the face of the Native American Studies Center since it opened five years ago on Lancaster’s Main Street.
    Her bright smile and warm eyes welcomed visitors from 30 countries, 47 states and 42 of the Palmetto State’s 46 counties. Keeping track of that was part of her job as visitor coordinator, working the front desk. Her pottery and baskets regularly adorn the museum. A large photo of her great-grandfather, Catawba Chief Samuel Taylor Blue, hangs on the wall.

  • Pageland’s top 2 cops suspended in odd case

    Reece Murphy & Vanessa Brewer-Tyson
    Landmark Newspapers

    The Pageland Police Department’s top two commanders, both former longtime Lancaster cops, have been suspended with pay after one of their officers accused them of breaking into his home after he did not show up for a work shift.

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  • Rabid fox attacks 2 people in Kershaw County

    From release

    COLUMBIA – Three people have started post-exposure treatment after being potentially exposed to rabies, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control reported.
    The first exposure occurred in Newberry County in the area between Whitmire and Newberry. It involved a skunk that tested positive for the disease. The second exposure occurred in Kershaw County in an area east of Camden and south of the Antioch community, involving a fox that also tested positive for rabies.  

  • 180 jobs cut at Resolute mill

    Resolute Forest Products, owner of the Catawba paper manufacturing plant once known as Bowater, on Thursday announced the closing of one of its two remaining paper-production machines, resulting in the loss of 180 jobs.
    Debbie Johnston, the company’s director of regional issues, blamed the permanent shutdown on the “ongoing market decline and price erosion” for the lightweight coated paper that the machine produces.

  • Tribute at Buford site

    More than 150 people came to the site of Buford’s Massacre last Saturday in remembrance of the Revolutionary War battle’s fallen soldiers.
    During the fight, 113 soldiers under the command of Col. Abraham Buford, for whom the Buford community is named, were killed and 150 wounded in less than 15 minutes in a battle against British and Loyalist forces.

  • Green Book of S.C.

    From release
    COLUMBIA – The first-ever mobile travel guide to S.C. African American cultural sites, the Green Book of South Carolina, has been launched by the state’s African American Heritage Commission, offering residents and visitors a user-friendly guide to discovering and celebrating cultural experiences across the state.
    You can access the free guide at http://www.GreenBookofSC.com.

  • Firefighter saves son found face-down in pool

    Josh McCoy’s training as a firefighter with the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department may have saved his own son’s life this weekend after a swimming mishap.
    According to McCoy, the incident happened during a birthday party at his sister’s house in the Unity community Saturday afternoon when McCoy’s 5-year-old son, Emmett, slipped away from the family and got back in the pool.