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  • First phase of S.C. 160 project nearly done

    INDIAN LAND – It will be at least nine weeks before the Indian Land intersection of S.C. 160 and U.S. 521 is complete, due to an accident June 19.

    A Pike Electric Co. truck was delivering new traffic signal mast arms to the S.C. 160 widening project that day. The truck driver and a worker were unloading a mast arm from the truck, parked on the northbound side of U.S. 521, when another of the large arms shifted and fell from the truck, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

  • Pageland watermelon festival starts today

    PAGELAND – The 57th Pageland Watermelon Festival is offering dozens of events this weekend for people of all ages.

    The festival, the largest annual event in neighboring Chesterfield County, kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.

    Today

    Craft and vendor displays open at 3 p.m. Friday on Pearl Street in downtown Pageland and amusement rides open at 5 p.m. in downtown.

    The festival pageant is 5 p.m. at the Pageland Community Center.

  • SCDNR honors Flat Creek man

    KERSHAW – A man who has lived in Flat Creek all his life has made it his goal to protect the community's most precious natural asset, Forty-Acre Rock.

    Last month, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources said showed its appreciation for Tom Welsh.

    Welsh, 87, and family attended a luncheon in his honor June 27 at Cromer's in Kershaw. Johnny Stowe, Heritage Preserve Manager for S.C. Department of Natural Resources, attended along with Lancaster County conservationist Lindsay Pettus and a handful of others.

  • County schools plan registration

    Registration dates have been set for the 2008-09 school year.

    No general school fees will be charged this year, although some fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver education, clubs and yearbooks. School insurance will not be on sale during registration.

    All students new to the district must complete a student information form and provide two proofs of residency. New students are asked to bring report cards and any other available records from the school attended last year.

    They will not be allowed to register without the following documents:

  • Breaking News Home of accused killer burns

    Authorities are investigating the early Tuesday burning of the two-story house that accused killer Darren Winchester used to live in.

    Firefighters received a call about 2 a.m. Tuesday that the house near Blakley Crossroads was on fire and the blaze was "fully involved," sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said.

    Firefighters were called out later that day to douse hot spots.

    "It pretty much burned to the ground," Holland said.

    The sheriff's office is treating the fire as suspicious and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made.

  • Kids go bananas in 'Jungle Book'

    Six-year-old Caleb Griffin is just so special. He says that's why the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County cast him as Mowgli in "Disney's The Jungle Book Kids."

    "Mama says I'm just so special," he said. "I'm specialer."

    Griffin is one of 60 children cast for the production, which opens Friday.

  • Charro's serves up Mexican flavor

    Mexican food with flavor and presentation – that's what Charro Mexican Restaurant offers.

    The restaurant on S.C. 200 South opened May 9. Business is slow now, said owner Sebastian Castillo, but he expects it to pick up once people hear how good his food is.

    Castillo offers the same food he grew up eating – the dishes his frugal mother made for him and his five siblings when he was growing up in the mid-south part of Mexico.

  • Programs available for laid-off workers at employment office

    Workers who have been laid off may take advantage of an array of programs offered through the local S.C. Employment Commission.

    Workers may attend workshops on interview skills, resume building and basic skills, such as WorkKeys, on top of federal and state assistance programs to pay for new technical and vocational training.

    Counselors offer the usual job search help at the employment office. Office Director Lynda Burke and AARP partner Iris Hinckley say it is important for people to realize their true knowledge and skills to determine where to point their searches.

  • Schools get $4.5 million from feds

    The Lancaster County School District is receiving federal money that will help reduce alcohol use and foster more physical activity among students and encourage them to attend college. The grants total nearly $4.5 million.

    The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded the district the following three grants:

    – Gear-Up Program Grant

    – Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant

    – Alcohol Abuse Reduction Grant

    The is the second time the district has been awarded these grants.

    Gear-Up

  • Breaking News Teen charged in shooting death

    A Lancaster teen has been charged with murder after authorities say he shot a man on Memorial Park Road on Saturday night.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged Alphonzo Markee Robinson, 16, 1271 Springdale Road, with murder.

    Sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said Robinson has been charged as an adult.

    Holland said deputies and state troopers responded to the 1500 block of Memorial Park Road just after 9:15 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call about a hit-and-run car crash there.