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  • Bantam Chef draws a crowd

    KERSHAW – The Bantam Chef, meaning either "feisty" or "small" chef, has been a downtown Kershaw institution for years.

    When locals David and Sue Sullivan bought the restaurant from Frank and Dot Evans in 2006, they kept Evans' classics, such as hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue, but added the all-you-can eat buffet and opened seven days a week.

    "We've kept exactly what Frank had, but we have added," said Sue Sullivan.

    The Saturday breakfast buffet offers large portions of the traditional Southern breakfast fare.

  • DHEC fines housing developer $15,000

    INDIAN LAND _ Lawson's Bend LLC, developer of Indian Land's Edenmoor subdivision, was recently fined $15,000 after conferences last year with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control regarding inspections at the work site.

    The fine was received in early January and Lawson's Bend spokesman Sean Calloway said Jan. 30 that it will be paid within two weeks. He said, however, that contractor BRS will actually pay the fine since it was responsible for placing silt fences on the site, which were used to control sediment and silt run-off during sewer construction.

  • Seniors push state to continue funding

    An effort is under way to get state lawmakers to buck Gov. Mark Sanford's request to remove funding that's helped seniors get hot meals and transportation.

    Sanford eliminated a $2.9 million request from his proposed $6.8 billion state budget that would go to the Lt. Governor's Office on Aging. In a supplemental funding bill that passed last year, the $2.9 million was distributed to senior centers across the state in 2007-08.

  • County Council's agenda is short for Monday's meeting

    County Council has a short agenda for Monday night's meeting.

    The action items on the agenda are consent items, which means council members approved first and second readings of them already, and these items won't be discussed.

    One action item on the agenda is final reading of a development agreement between Greenwood Development Corp. and the county related to the Liberty Hill Farms development on the Catawba River.

    Final approval to rezone property for the York Development Group for a commercial development, the Village at Doby's Bridge Road, is also on the agenda.

  • Plyler recognized as a dedicated county worker

    Though she could retire, Irene Plyler isn't ready to give up her job in county government.

    Plyler, 63, serves as clerk to Lancaster County Council and assistant to the county administrator, a post she's held for 30 years. She was recognized Monday night as the county Employee of the Quarter.

    "I like working, I like my job," Plyler said. "I don't think I would like staying at home."

  • Hagwood's cousin offers her the kidney she needs

    There's a photo album inside Crystal Hagwood's apartment that reminds her of all the things she used to do.

    When she attended Lancaster High School, Hagwood was a member of the cheerleading squad and loved to play basketball. She even did some part-time modeling.

    Hagwood enjoyed exercise and never thought twice about going from place to place. Now her health requires her to stay indoors a lot.

    Hagwood, 26, suffers from diabetes and kidney failure. The diabetes has resulted in anemia, restless leg syndrome, high blood pressure and poor circulation.

  • District explores idea of single-gender classes

    Lancaster County School District personnel are exploring the idea of bringing single-gender classes into the fold here.

    Proponents say that separating boys and girls would allow teachers to key in on that gender's general learning style, which they hope would increase student achievement. Nearly 90 schools in the state feature single-gender classrooms, but no school in the district now offers the choice.

  • Rain eases drought concerns

    The threat of Stage 4 water restrictions is no longer imminent.

    Thanks to more than six inches of rain and regional conservation efforts since mid-December, more stringent water-use restrictions won't come before August, Duke Energy announced last week.

    Previously, Duke energy predicted that stricter water-use regulations might come as early as February.

    "That's some good news," said Lancaster County Water and Sewer District Manager Mark Knight. "But what would be better news would be reducing the restrictions we're currently at."

  • Wooden cow named Flossie a hit at 4-H's Farm Fun Day event

    The bleats of tiny goats, country music and the squeals of delighted children could be heard at Lancaster County 4-H's first Farm Fun Day on Saturday.

    The event was held at Ace Hardware and Garden Center on South Market Street. Children got their faces painted with colorful, glittery swirls or snakes and had the chance to milk a wooden cow named Flossie.

    "People are like, 'A wooden cow?' But the kids are loving it," said Lancaster County 4-H Agent Ashley Hinson. She was thrilled with the turnout.

    "This is awesome," she said.

  • Iraq War vet reads to his son's classmates

    The book Jeff Catoe read for first-graders at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School fit his son's situation so well, you might think the book was written about him.

    Catoe, a sergeant major with the U.S. Army who's done two tours of duty in Iraq, visited the school Friday to talk about how families are affected by military deployment.

    His wife, Casey, is a teacher at the school and his youngest son, Jacob, is a student there.