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  • A new gold rush in Kershaw?

    KERSHAW – A Nevada-based company has struck gold at the historic Haile Gold Mine in Kershaw.

    The firm says the site has great potential to produce gold in the years to come.

    "It is a darn good mine – a very good property," said Kenneth Brunk, chief operating officer of Romarco Minerals Inc., which has been drilling at the site, about three miles north of Kershaw, since December.

    "This is a world-class gold mine. Don't let anyone tell you any different," Brunk said.

  • DHEC: City shouldn't have dumped at site

    The city didn't get a permit to dump leaves at the old Lancaster Plant site, as it apparently did for about a year.

    Frances Pittman, who lives on the south end of the once mighty Springs Industries plant, found the pile of leaves the city left on the site annoying. It smelled and was a haven for snakes and rats, she said.

    Earlier this month, the pile stood about 25 feet tall and stretched about 50 yards. A stench also pervaded the pile's surroundings.

    But that was a good day, said Pittman's caretaker, Tim Steele.

  • Committee gets a first-hand look at the needs for new courthouse facilities

    It took about 45 minutes Wednesday to convince Keith Deese that Lancaster County needs a new courthouse.

    Deese is a member of the county's capital projects sales tax committee.

    The committee is charged with developing a ballot question for a proposed bond referendum in which voters will decide whether to approve a 1 penny sales tax to fund a new courthouse and possibly other county building projects.

  • School employees to get pay raise

    Nearly all Lancaster County school employees – not just its teachers – will get a raise for the 2008-09 school year.

    The pay increases are part of the school district's $78 million budget that the school board approved Tuesday night. The vote was 5-2, with board members Margaret Gamble and Don McCorkle voting against it.

    Last month, the school board saw an unbalanced budget that had teachers as the only district employees getting a raise.

  • Woman, 47, dies in one-car wreck on Hoke Road

    A 47-year-old Lancaster woman died early Sunday morning in a one-vehicle wreck on Hoke Road.

    Patricia Coleman was traveling north in a 1999 Ford SUV just before 1 a.m. when she ran off the right side of the road and struck a road sign about 9.8 miles south of Lancaster, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    She then drove off the left side of the road, hit another sign and an embankment. The vehicle overturned and ejected her.

    Coleman was not wearing a seat belt, Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said. She was the only person in the vehicle.

  • Attorney buys Kershaw Plant for $750,000

    KERSHAW – The former Springs Industries Kershaw Plant has a new owner who says he's talking with two Poland-based businesses that are interested in operating at the building.

    One company makes expensive chocolates; the other makes bakery goods.

  • County feels pain at the gas pump

    Like most everybody else, county officials are looking for ways to save on gasoline costs.

    "The fuel costs have really gone up. For example, the week of July 16, 2007, we spent $15,858 in fuel," County Administrator Steve Willis said. "The week of May 26, 2008, we spent $22,468 with the same size fleet."

  • Lancaster man, 22, dies at scene of wreck near Pageland

    Stephen Vincent knew his son was dead as soon as he opened his eyes.

    Vincent and his son, Daniel, were involved in a wreck on S.C. 9 in Chesterfield County about 5:45 p.m. Friday. They were on their way back to Lancaster and about six miles west of Pageland.

    Daniel Vincent was driving.

    When he saw a car from the opposite direction passing a tractor-trailer truck, he slammed on the brakes. The oncoming car made it past the truck without harm.

  • Pizza Inn gets new look

    The atmosphere and dining experience for customers at the Pizza Inn in Lancaster has been improved, says its owners, Scottish Food Systems Inc.

    In recent months, the store at 1107 N. Main St. has been remodeled.

    The busy local restaurant has been given a total makeover, including the addition of an all-day buffet and game room, with fun games for children of all ages to enjoy while dining out with their family.

  • City taps Nelson for judge's post

    Lancaster City Council recently voted to end a long search for an associate municipal judge to serve on Sundays.

    Council voted late last month to approve Sandy Nelson as the new judge.

    She is a contracted broker with Lindsay Pettus Real Estate Co. of Lancaster and longtime civic volunteer on boards and commissions on both the local and state level.

    Nelson has a doctor of education degree in policy and leadership from the University of South Carolina.

    She has also completed continuing education in municipal government.