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  • Historical Commission reprints 1972 book on Haile Gold Mine

    Historical Commission reprints 1972 book on Haile Gold Mine

    Denyse Middleton

    For The Lancaster News

    A book sale and reception is planned for the reprint of a 36-year-old book about Lancaster County's famous gold mine.

    To expand the knowledge of the Haile Gold Mine, the Lancaster County Historical Commission decided to reprint the book, "Death of a Gold Mine."

    It has taken nearly four years to have the book reprinted, said Melody Craig, chairwoman of the historical commission. Sandlapper Publishing of Orangeburg did the 2008 reprint.

  • WIS-TV weatherman visits Heath Springs Elemementary

    HEATH SPRINGS – When Ben Tanner visited Heath Springs Elementary School on Wednesday, he was treated a little like a rock star.

    As the Columbia weatherman walked inside the building, he was greeted with screams, posters, thunder sounds and weather-esque music.

    But Tanner didn't come to play the star. He came to educate.

    After taking pictures with the entire student body in the gym, he spoke with the fourth-graders about weather.

  • 2 men robbed at post office

    Jesef Williams

    jwilliams@thelancasternews.com

    Two men were robbed in separate incidents at the Lancaster post office on North Main Street within a week.

    Police say the robberies may be related.

    A Lancaster man reported to police Thursday that he was held up at gunpoint inside the post office.

    The man, 39, walked in to buy a stamp and was about to place an envelope in the box when another man entered, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

  • Dating teens to put romance on hold as rival teams take the field

    If all's fair in love and war, then football ranks right up there with both.

    Romance involving football rivals may make a place-kicking situation in tonight's Buford-Lancaster county clash an interesting scenario.

    And extra points – usually regarded as routine plays – may not be so routine when the Jackets and Bruins tangle at BHS tonight.

    That's because Lancaster High School senior place-kicker Anna Funderburk will be battling against her boyfriend, Buford High senior captain Joe Wright, a two-way starter at offensive guard and linebacker.

  • Family loses everything in fire

    James Boone hates that all of his son's baby pictures are gone.

    A fire at his Reeves Road home Sunday morning not only ruined those photos, but destroyed everything else inside.

    As Boone and his live-in girlfriend, Tara Donahue, pick up the pieces, they remain puzzled about how the fire started.

    Boone, Donahue and their children were away at a park picnic when the fire started about 10 a.m. Sunday. Donahue's mother called her after a neighbor on Reeves Road called 911 and got in contact with Donahue's family, telling them about the fire.

  • Man pleads guilty to firearms charge

    A Kershaw man pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge last week.

    Laurkeda Montrell Montgomery, also known as "Magoo," 26, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    Lancaster County sheriff's deputies responded to an armed robbery in April. The victim told deputies that Montgomery had robbed him at gunpoint.

    Deputies found Montgomery's car in the area. Montgomery crashed the car after a brief chase, and then ran from deputies before he was caught.

  • Boy, 2, OK after being hit by SUV

    Police are no longer investigating a Sept. 5 incident in which a boy and his grandfather were struck by a vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

    Dana Michelle Sullivan, 26, of Kershaw, was driving a 2006 Honda Pilot when Jason Bolick, 2, ran out in front of her, according to a Lancaster Police Department accident report.

    When James Johnson, the boy's grandfather, reached under the SUV to get his grandson, the vehicle backed over Johnson's hand, the report said.

  • Artist's mom takes prize; art to fill streets Friday night

    Like daughter, like mother.

    That's not necessarily how the old saying goes, but that's how it is for local artist Christina Chastain and her mother, Phyllis Chastain.

    Phyllis Chastain, 57, took first place in the annual Marian Hagins juried art competition with a painting called "4 Jens." The piece was created with a combination of oil and acrylic paint and pastels. It sat in a closet, unfinished, for about two months, until Christina encouraged her mother to finish it.

    And when Christina called to tell her mother about her win, Phyllis Chastain couldn't believe it.

  • Catawba Nation to bless Indian Land High School football stadium

    INDIAN LAND – Friday will be a very special night of football for the Indian Land High School Warriors, win or lose.

  • Sara Eddins unopposed in District 6 city council race

    First-time candidate Sara Eddins has thrown her hat into the ring for the District 6 Lancaster City Council seat now held by Danny O’Brien.