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  • Kershaw about ready to seek bids for new town hall

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has secured the services of a bond attorney to review its financial records and take that information to get proposals from banks on a loan to finance its new town hall.

    Paul Dillingham of the Spencer law firm in Rock Hill has finished his review and is representing the town in its pursuit of a loan.

    Once Dillingham has a final figure on how much the town wants to borrow, he will send the town's financial information to at least three banks and let them offer loan packages. Council will then vote on which one to accept.

  • Boy rams car into home

    Details are still sketchy about a bizarre incident last week in which a car sped into a mobile home on Cambridge Drive in the Smoke Rise community.

    Pam Jeffers came home April 22 to see the front left corner of her trailer severely damaged. Neighbors say a boy was driving a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria that ran off the road, cut through the yard and rammed into the front left corner of the home.

    Jeffers' brother had been asleep in his room on that side of the home. He was the only person in the home at the time. He said the impact felt as if a hurricane or earthquake had hit.

  • Outdoor burning may be banned

    County Council may douse outdoor burning to ensure that the county meets air quality standards.

    County Administrator Steve Willis said he recently learned from S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control officials that Lancaster and Anderson counties have been designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as "areas of concern." This means the counties may fail to meet air-quality standards in the newly adopted 2008 ozone standards.

  • Actress enjoying limelight

    INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land actress hopes to be hitting the big time soon.

    Catherine Trail delivers her first performance in a principal role in "Death, Taxes and Chocolate!," a dark comedy.

    The small-scale independent movie was filmed in Wilmington, N.C., in January.

    Now, it has been selected by a jury to be screened at the very large-scale New York and Los Angeles International Independent Film Festivals.

  • Old IL ZIP code expires July 1

    Lancaster County Auditor Cheryl Morgan wants to remind Indian Land residents to change their addresses to reflect the community's new ZIP code.

    The old Indian Land ZIP code, 29715, expires July 1. The area shared the ZIP with the Fort Mill area in York County.

    Last year, Indian Land was issued a ZIP code of its own, 29707, although it's still listed as a Fort Mill ZIP.

  • SMH honors its volunteers

    Thursday was a special night for the volunteers of Springs Memorial Hospital – a tribute to their many hours of service at the hospital in a variety of ways.

    The 131 volunteers gave more than 22,000 hours of their time in the past year in a variety of capacities, said hospital officials. Many worked at the hospital's busy front desk or gift shop, or provided help in the hospital's many units, such as being liaisons between staff and patients' families in the surgical care unit.

  • 'Southern Fried' author to speak at local library

    "Southern Fried" mystery series author Cathy Pickens is visiting Lancaster this week.

    Pickens, who lived for a time in Lancaster, will be guest speaker at the spring meeting of the Friends of the Library, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library.

    Pickens grew up in Walhalla, and the Southern flavor of her writing is unmistakable, Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band said. She has been, under different names, a lawyer, business professor, university provost, clog-dancing coach, church organist and choir director and a typist.

  • Woman in fair condition after single-car wreck

    A Lancaster woman involved in a one-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on Camp Creek Road is in fair condition at a Charlotte hospital.

    Clarisse Freeman, 40, of 1128 Townes Avenue, was driving south in a 1995 Honda Accord at 9 a.m. when she ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    The wreck happened 8.4 miles east of Lancaster. The speed limit there is 45 mph. Gaskin said speed wasn't a factor, but said alcohol is believed to have been one.

  • Curfew takes effect in HS

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs Town Council has adopted a curfew that will give the town deputy authority in dealing with minors out in the early morning hours without parental or guardian supervision.

    The curfew applies to those 16 and younger.

    According to the new town ordinance, those 16 and younger cannot be out in town after 11 p.m. on weeknights while school is in session and not after 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The curfew is 11 p.m. on Sunday nights during the school year.

  • Man haunted by memories of fatal wreck

    Karl Kakadelis still feels pain and guilt about the accident in which his best friend, Wayne Blackburn, was killed almost five years ago.

    Kakadelis spoke about it to Buford Middle School students on April 23.

    Kakadelis was 19 on June 29, 2003, and was celebrating going to college.

    But less than a mile from where he was partying in Union County, N.C., Kakadelis lost control of his Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep flipped and Blackburn was thrown from the vehicle.