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  • Kershaw Spring-A-Thon brings rides, food, dancing in streets

    KERSHAW – Kershaw’s annual Spring-A-Thon will celebrate its 37th anniversary this weekend.
    Organized by the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, the annual weekend of downtown family fun kicks off tonight from 7-10 p.m. on Hampton and Cleveland streets.
    Tonight’s activities include a street dance and various stage performers headlined by The Fantastic Shakers.
    Known as the “South’s Finest Show Band,” The Fantastic Shakers have performed at more than 6,000 engagements since 1978 and are Grand Strand headliners each summer.

  • Animal shelter closed, director suspended

    The Lancaster County Animal Shelter has been shut down and Director Shandy Miller has been suspended with pay as investigators examine the shelter’s operations.
    County Administrator Steve Willis would not identify the suspended employee, but said Miller was the only remaining county worker at the shelter, and that the only remaining county worker has been placed on leave pending the investigation.

  • Arts Scene: Summer smarts: Arts and sciences camps

    Our 2016 Arts and Sciences Camps are organized and ready to go for this summer. Here’s why you should consider registering your child(ren):
    Thanks in large part to foundation support, arts and sciences camps concentrate on current issues for children, as well as providing a popular, fun summer experience. Our intentional wellness component, including games, intentional activities, healthy snacks and prizes for healthy “homework” assignments, is going beautifully after our third year.
    Our goals for this program are:

  • Kershaw’s new garbage truck on the way

    KERSHAW – Before the end of summer, the town of Kershaw will have a new, much-needed 15-ton garbage truck.
    After looking a several options, Kershaw Town Council opted to buy a 2016 Freightliner chassis from Christopher Trucks in Greenville.
    The chassis was ordered May 1 and will be taken to Amick Equipment Co. in Lexington, to be outfitted a garbage platform, toolbox, water cooler and strobe lights required to work onsite at Haile Gold Mine.

  • Firefighters going door-to-door checking carbon monoxide alarms

    Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, members of the Lancaster Fire Department will go door-to-door to homes in the University Drive and East Gay Street areas to make sure carbon monoxide alarms have been installed and are working properly.
    Fire Marshal Tom Lever said the one-day blitz is funded through a joint grant from the Jeffrey Lee Williams Foundation and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.  
    The 11-year-old Williams died from noxious gas poisoning while staying in a Boone, N.C., hotel room in June 2013.

  • First Steps wins $6M grant for infants, toddlers

    A federal grant of more than $6 million will allow First Steps of Lancaster County to better prepare at-risk infants and toddlers for school by partnering with local child-care centers and setting up an Early Head Start program.  

  • Ambulance wreck injures first responders

    A Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services paramedic and EMT were taken to Springs Memorial Hospital after an accident with a pickup on S.C. 9 Bypass West.
    The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. Friday in front of Walgreens at the intersection of Gillsbrook Road.
    Injured in the accident were paramedic Timothy Clemmer of Lancaster, driver of the ambulance, and EMT April Sims.

  • Prosecutor: Killers stole marijuana from Tran

    David Kucinski and three other defendants in the Indian Land murder of Randy Tran killed the 20-year-old student in a plot to steal six pounds of marijuana from him, prosecutors alleged at a bond hearing Monday.
    Lancaster County investigators found Tran’s body about 7 p.m. April 5, shot once in the back of the head and partially covered in the woods off Rocky River Trail, after neighbors who saw Kuckinski trying to put the body in a car called 911, Sixth Circuit Deputy Solicitor Lisa Collins told the court.

  • Skyrocketing health premiums plague city

    The city of Lancaster and its 170-plus employees will pay 35 percent higher health insurance premiums next year, after a recent handful of large individual payouts to city employees worsened Lancaster’s rating with the state’s public-employee insurer.
    The city staff and Lancaster City Council are taking a close look at the changes, which take effect Jan. 1, 2017, as the municipality works through the proposed 2016-17 fiscal budget. By law, the city cannot pass along the entire increase to employees. It will be paying 35 percent more, just like them.

  • Indian Land may face trash fees

    Work still hasn’t started on Indian Land’s convenience center, and now Foxhole Recycling Center in Mecklenburg County, which Panhandle residents have used for free since 2013, plans to start charging them fees July 1.
    Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis said it’s uncertain whether the long-awaited Indian Land trash-disposal site will open by July 1.
    He said county officials were meeting with the project’s sole bidder Friday in the hopes of moving forward with the contract.