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  • 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.

  • Friday at Last goes on in Kershaw

    KERSHAW – Without See Lancaster's involvement this year, the show still goes on with the Kershaw Friday at Last, planned for Friday night.

    From 7 to 10 p.m., the public is invited to come out to the grassy lot next to the Kershaw Fire Department on Hampton Street and enjoy music by Chiney Berry Shade, a Camden band that plays beach, country and classic rock.

  • 'Expressions from the Soul' exhibit is artist's homecoming

    Sheila Blackmon-Neal is the featured artist whose works are display at Bob Doster's Backstreet Gallery this month.

    Blackmon-Neal is originally from Lancaster and lives in Sumter, where she teaches art, health and career education at Furman Middle School.

    The public is invited to a reception honoring Blackmon-Neal from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Doster's gallery, 217 E. Gay St.

  • Heath Springs center wraps up two-week program

    HEATH SPRINGS – Two girls probed the contents of small particles under a microscope while another quietly read "The Drinking Gourd" by F.N. Mojo.

    In another room, several children focused on various computer games that help with math and English.

    The Heath Springs Community Center served as a haven for mentorship and enlightenment for area children. It housed a two-week summer program that gave school-aged youth something do for part of their summer vacation.

  • History of Haile Gold Mine

    The Haile Gold Mine was once the largest gold mine in the Southeast, covering 1,800 acres. It was one of 13 mines in Lancaster County and one of the state's 130 mines.

    Mining operations at Haile Gold Mine started with the panning method, moved to small open pit, larger open pit and then went underground. The final phase used the large open pit method. A crude gold/silver mixture called "dore" was shipped from the mine.

    Col. Benjamin Haile was the first to discover gold at the site. It was found in Ledbetter Creek near a grist mill on his plantation in 1827.