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  • Haile mine raises expectations

    KERSHAW – Only months after a Canadian gold development company announced plans to explore new sites at the Haile Gold Mine near Kershaw, the firm says it has discovered double the amount of gold deposits than previously estimated.

  • Volunteer Regiment strives to give 100 percent

    KERSHAW – For the Andrew Jackson High Volunteer Regiment, performing well isn't good enough. Band director Scot McGuire wants his players to give 100 percent all of the time – even in rehearsal.

    Fresh off an exhibition on Saturday, marching band members feel good about the progress the band has made thus far this season but know there's still much room for improvement.

    McGuire will tell you it all starts with practice.

  • Shortages, high prices at pump linger in Hurricane Ike's wake

    Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Ike hit Texas, Lancaster County motorists and station owners are still feeling the sting of gas prices near $4 a gallon.

    Brandi Bradley, store manager for the Texaco station on U.S. 521, said her station is only selling regular gasoline now, having run out of plus and premium grades last week. She expects a new shipment of gasoline soon, but worries she may even run out of regular before the shipment arrives.

  • Officer: 18-year-old shot in leg at local club

    A Lancaster man was reportedly shot in the leg Friday night at Sam's Place club on Old Landsford Road.

    The man, 18, told authorities different locations where the shooting occurred before saying it was at Sam's Place, according to a sheriff's office incident report.

    The man was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital for his injury. He's since been treated and released, hospital spokeswoman Ashley Shannon said.

    Sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said the man was shot once.

  • Pelot challenges Gamble for District 6 board seat

    In his first time running for an elected seat, Robert Pelot is challenging Margaret Gamble for the District 6 Lancaster County school board seat.

    Pelot, 40, said if elected, there are several matters he would like to see the school board take under consideration.

    "I've been looking at bringing the government back to the people for years," he said. "It isn't for the people like it should be."

    A case in point, Pelot said, is the issue of taxes.

  • 17-year-old charged in courthouse arson

    17-year-old charged in courthouse arson

    Jenny Hartley

    The news spread like wildfire Friday afternoon.

    After six weeks of both discouragement and hope, authorities made an arrest in the fires at the Lancaster County Courthouse and 6th Circuit Solicitor's office.

    Their suspect, Martavious Semaj Carter, 17, was jailed the day before in connection with a string of five armed robberies in the downtown Lancaster area from Aug. 21 to Thursday.

  • Gainer strives to reach the children she teaches

    Step into Leslie Gainer's classroom – a world of modeling clay, building blocks and shaving cream.

    Those supplies may seem odd grouped together. But for Gainer, these items and more are used to reach students.

    Although working with shaving cream in the classroom can be quite messy, Gainer wouldn't want it any other way.

    Gainer, a special-education teacher at North Elementary School, is this year's Celebrate Great Teaching winner among beginning teachers in Lancaster County School District.

  • UW kicks off 2008-09 campaign

    The United Way of Lancaster County celebrated its 51st year in style Friday with a kickoff breakfast at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    Over 100 people gathered at the Fairway Room to begin the 2008-09 community campaign while dining on scrambled eggs, sausage and biscuits. In attendance were the organization's board members, as well as many local contributors. They met to discuss the new campaign goal and review the organization's progress over the past year.

    "They've done a terrific job with an emphasis within the city," said Bill Sumner, mayor pro tem for Lancaster.

  • First robbery victim thankful suspect in custody

    Thank God.

    That was Linda Webster's first thought when she learned Friday morning that someone had been charged with a robbery that left her crawling on her hands and knees in the law office of Gregory and Gregory.

    Martavious Semaj Carter, 17, of 609-A N. Market St., has been charged in connection with the law firm robbery on Aug. 21. Police have also named him as a suspect in four other armed robberies in Lancaster's downtown since Aug. 21.

    "I can sleep now," Webster said Thursday afternoon.

    31 charges

  • DSS, law agencies renew annual protocol agreement

    Lancaster County Department of Social Services and two local law enforcement agencies have renewed an agreement that outlines their partnership in dealing with endangered children and vulnerable adults.

    Chief Deputy Barry Faile of the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office and Capt. Harlean Howard of the Lancaster Police Department appeared with DSS Director Janice Chapman to sign the protocol Friday at the DSS office on Pageland Highway.

    "It's important that we work together because all of us have the same goal – to serve the people," Faile said.