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  • BREAKING NEWS Tackle store owner shot to death; suspected shooter also dead

    A Lancaster County man who sheriff's deputies say shot and killed store owner Ronnie Cairnes on Wednesday morning was also found dead.

    Cairnes, 55, who operated Cedar Creek Tackle, at the intersection of Cedar Creek (S.C. 97) and Green roads in the southwestern part of the county, was shot about 10 a.m. outside the business.

    For several hours after the shooting, the area was blocked off while county and state authorities searched for the shooter, whom Cairnes' family members say was Darren Winchester.

  • Ruling changed scope of Miles' case

    PAGELAND – Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty against Gary Miles in the death of 43-year-old Dennis Clayton.

    But prosecutors abandoned those plans after a judge ruled a confession it planned to enter as evidence was inadmissible.

    The reason: a former Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office investigator who interviewed Miles in 2006 did not read him his Miranda rights.

    "It changed everything," 4th Circuit Solicitor Jay Hodge said. "On one hand, you had a confession that he did it, and on the other hand, you have nothing."

  • Burger King fans happy again

    Thomas Belcher waited more than three months to eat a Burger King double cheeseburger.

    When the fast food restaurant closed in March to be torn down, the Lancaster resident said he reluctantly ate at other local burger joints.

    At first, Belcher didn't know if Burger King was going to be rebuilt, but once he saw the company signage installed on the building, he knew that his beloved flame-broiled double cheeseburger would soon be in close range.

  • Kershaw council gives first OK to rezone Bojangles' lot

    KERSHAW – In front of two opposing sides, Kershaw Town Council gave unanimous approval on first reading to rezone a Bojangles' restaurant parking lot Monday night.

    Before a packed audience at the Kershaw Recreation Center, council discussed the implications of approving the rezoning request from residential to the general commercial B-3 zone.

    The parking lot lies next to a handful of residential properties on Neal Street.

    The noise and trash that's been coming from the parking lot are already too much to bear, some residents said.

  • Man gets 30 years in killing

    PAGELAND – Gary Miles avoided a death sentence, but will spend the most of the next 30 years in prison for the death of a man whose body was found dumped near Heath Springs in 2006.

    Miles, 24, of Pageland, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter during a July 2 hearing in Chesterfield County.

    Miles also pleaded guilty to malicious injury to property under $1,000 for kicking out a windshield after Chesterfield County deputies arrested him Oct. 18, 2006.

  • Van Wyck native earns spot on 200-meter team

    Van Wyck native and Olympic medalist Shawn Crawford will get another shot at Olympic gold this summer.

    Crawford, 30, qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the 200-meter race at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday.

    Crawford had the best legal times in all of his heats.

    In the final race, he came in second by five-thousandths of a second. Three-time NCAA champion Walter Dix just beat out Crawford at the finish in 19.852 seconds. Crawford had 19.857. Wallace Spearmon also qualified for the Olympics with 19.90.

  • Dollar General coming to Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – The town of Heath Springs will welcome another business into its merchant ranks in the coming months.

    Dollar General has a store under construction on U.S. 521 North, about a mile north of downtown and across the street from S&G Mini-Mart. It should be completed in late summer or early fall. Carolina Retail Development Services is the contractor.

    "We are very excited about coming to Heath Springs," said company spokesperson Emily Weiss. "We think we can offer the people there a convenient shopping choice."

  • First Citizens awards $250,000 to loan program

    First Citizens Bank has awarded $250,000 to a group that provides loans for local businesses.

    The bank announced last month that it was allocating funding to the Catawba Regional Development Corp.'s Community Development Financial Institutions Program.

    The CRDC helps meet the financial needs of businesses in Lancaster, York, Chester and Union counties through various types of loans. This is the fourth time First Citizens has provided funding to support the CRDC's initiative.

  • State denies $200,000 for IL library

    INDIAN LAND – It's back to the drawing board for the new Indian Land library.

    With less than six months to go before the library is scheduled to open, it still doesn't have the money it needs to pay for furnishings and books.

    Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band was hoping that a $200,000 grant from the state would help complete the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land, but recently learned that the library did not get the grant.

  • Quarter cases on display now

    Harold McDonald Jr. likes to work with wood.

    It has been a lifelong interest, beginning in shop class at Indian Land High School years ago and resulting in a 26-year stint with Van Wyck Pool Tables, where he uses his wood-working skills daily.

    "Once you've done four- or 5,000 of them, it's no big deal," McDonald said of the skill involved in crafting a pool table.

    Today, you can see some of his other creations at the Lancaster County Administration Building, where three of his wooden quarter holders are on display in the lobby.