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  • County mining district inches closer to reality

    As a new mining zoning district edges closer to reality, Lancaster County Council members are hoping the word “landfill” is just as quickly leaving the minds of county residents. 

    During its Monday, March 25, meeting, council unanimously approved second reading of a two-part plan to first create a new mining designation within the county code and to also rezone almost 5,000 acres of Haile Gold Mine Inc. property. 

  • School district, Rotarians salute 57 ‘role models’

    Lancaster County honored its best students last week, not for their athletic abilities, though some were athletes of note; and not for their academic prowess, though nearly all were very bright.

    No, these 57 children – three from each county school – were celebrated because they were, first and foremost, just outstandingly good kids: kindhearted, well-mannered, delightful, acquisitive, encouraging, helpful, determined, dependable students.

  • Judge denies McIlwain motion of self-defense in Clyburn murder

    The Lancaster man charged last year in the killing of a former professional baseball player had his motion for self-defense dismissed last week.

    Derrick McIlwain, 38, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Brooks Goldsmith in General Sessions court on Thursday, March 21, to see if he could avoid prosecution on the grounds of the “Castle Doctrine.”

    That law justifies use of deadly force when a person feels his or her life is threatened.

    McIlwain is charged with murder for the Feb. 7, 2012, shooting death of Danny Clyburn Jr.

  • Kershaw gets grant for skatepark

    KERSHAW – Funding is in place for the long-awaited skatepark in Kershaw.

    Town Council voted unanimously at its March 18 meeting to put $6,464 toward the construction of the park, which skateboard enthusiasts will be able to use at Stevens Park.

    The vote was 6-0. Councilman Morris Russell was absent.

    That money will supplement a $22,374 grant the town has received from the S.C. Department of Parks and Recreation & Tourism. Also, the Kershaw Community Park Council is contributing more than $3,000.

  • City employee shoots self at work

    A city employee committed suicide at work Tuesday, March 26.

    Lancaster Police Department and Lancaster Fire Department responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting at the Lancaster wastewater plant at 1150 Lockwood Lane at 3:46 p.m.

    Lockwood Lane is off West Meeting Street near Plantation Road.

    When officers arrived, they found 45-year-old Kim Burbach unresponsive in her car in the parking lot, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot, according to a Lancaster Police Department press release issued Wednesday.

  • Native American Studies Week under way

    USCL release
    The University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies department kicked off its eighth annual Native American Studies Week on Saturday.
    Since 2005, USCL has hosted a week of events each spring focused on the rich history and cultural traditions of South Carolina’s indigenous peoples.
    This year’s program focuses on issues surrounding Native Americans and law and justice, and includes lectures by regional and nationally-recognized scholars, screenings of films and exhibits highlighting the topic.

  • Kayak demos at Landsford Canal starting in April

    Catawba
    Riverkeeper
    The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation will give one-hour kayak demonstrations at Landsford Canal in April.  
    Demo kayaks, gear and beginner instruction will be provided by Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. Life jackets will be required, and minors must have a parent’s/guardian’s signature on an Assumption of Risk and Release form to participate. The form is available at  http://lakewylieriversweep.squarespace.com/storage/forms/20120905175321.pdf. Please include cell phone and emergency numbers.

  • Guidonian Hand returns to Lancaster

    Nita Brown
    For The Lancaster News
    If you missed them before, concert-goers from the 2011 performance will tell you you’re in for a treat.
    The trombone quartet, The Guidonian Hand, from New York City, returns to Lancaster for a spring concert.
    Save the date now for the outdoor performance at the Pavilion at historic Craig Farm, set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28.
    Interspersed between musical selections are the group’s entertaining comments about composition, composers or the instrument itself.

  • Photo exhibit aimed to delight the senses

    Beverly Lane Lorenz
        For The Lancaster News    
    The Sun City Carolina Lakes Photography Club opened its latest photo exhibit, “Delight Your Senses,” to an enthusiastic crowd at a champagne reception Nov. 1, 2012, at the LakeHouse Gallery.
    Thirty-six photographers displayed 86 photos.
    Photography Club President Greg Douglas invited members to display photos in five categories – animals,  landscapes, nature, man-made and people. He challenged them to try different categories.   

  • A little bit of HOPE is a good thing

    Good can come from bad.

    Imagine the conversations one day in the early 1980s when 13 local ministers learned that one couple was traveling from church to church throughout Lancaster County with the same sob story and receiving handouts.

    That’s where the idea of a central clearinghouse named Project HOPE sprang from.

    “They were getting rich off of it,” said the late Brown Wylie, in a February 1985 interview with The Lancaster News.