• Ag+Art Tour seeks farmers for June event

    From release

    The South Carolina Ag+Art Tour is seeking farms to participate in the nation’s largest free farm tour, which will take place this June.
    The self-guided tour is a great way for farms to showcase their operations and expand their exposure to locals and visitors alike.

  • Cookie time! Girl Scouts set up booths, tap on doors

    From release

    Your long months of craving Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos are finally over. It’s Girl Scout Cookie time again.
    Girl Scouts across America, including our troops from Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands, this weekend have been staging National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2018.
    The cookie sales, which started 101 years ago, will continue through March 18.

  • Ford issues ‘do not drive’ order on pickup model that killed local man

    Two years after a Kershaw man was killed by an airbag explosion in his 2006 Ford Ranger pickup, Ford and Mazda have issued a “do not drive” warning for more than 35,000 Rangers and the similar Mazda B-body pickups, citing danger from their Takata airbag inflators.
    Ford added 33,428 vehicles, which were previously under a separate Takata airbag inflator recall, because the inflators on these 2006 trucks may have a higher risk of rupturing in the event of a crash compared to other recalled Takata inflators, according to a Ford press release.

  • Heath Springs moves toward eliminating municipal court

    HEATH SPRINGS – In another cost-cutting move, Heath Springs officials voted this week to start the process of eliminating the town’s municipal court.
    Town council unanimously voted Tuesday night to move ahead with that plan and ask the county magistrate’s office to handle any cases that arise. 

  • Kershaw raises garbage fee for out-of-town customers

    KERSHAW – Town officials voted Monday night to increase garbage fees 37 percent – from $16 a month to $22 – for 60-plus residents who live outside the city limits but use the town’s garbage service.
    “Our citizens in town now pay more” than the out-of-town customers had been paying, said town administrator Mitch Lucas in his recommendation to council.

  • Bauknight named U.N. goodwill ambassador

    Lancaster-born documentary photographer Catherine Bauknight received two international awards Thursday and was named a United Nations goodwill ambassador.
    Bauknight, whose documentary subjects include the Catawba Indian Nation, was presented the Golden Rule International award by a group of the same name during a ceremony in Glendale, Calif.
    Golden Rule International is affiliated with the United Nations’ Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative Organization.

  • Local man gets prison on federal gun charge

    COLUMBIA – A Lancaster man was sentenced Friday to 6½ years in prison on a federal gun charge after seven guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition were found in his home last year.
    Jimmy Allen Hunter, 48, of 845 Confederate Ave., was sentenced as a felon in possession of a firearm.
    Senior U.S. District Judge Cameron McGowan Currie handed down the sentence following a plea hearing.

  • Finding her mission

    Two years ago, Shanda Mackey moved her three sons from a quiet Buford neighborhood to a loud mobile home park on McIlwain Road.
    She uprooted her family to take over a Christian ministry in that poor, crime-ridden part of the county.
    The Connection, the ministry Mackey leads, began four years ago when Amber and Grant Hinson moved into the mobile home park through a partnership with New Hope Baptist Church.

  • How would incorporation affect law enforcement?

    As Indian Land residents move toward an incorporation vote March 27, more and more say they’re feeling overwhelmed by the often-contentious arguments made by both sides.
    “I’m leaning toward ‘yes’ because I really believe you need to be responsible for your community,” said Indian Land resident Marilyn Marcussen. “But I want to know how much taxes are really going to go up and those kind of things. There’s so much.

  • No eggs frying on sidewalks, but it’s really hot for February

    This is the week winter completely slipped our minds, as temperatures soared past 80 degrees and spring blossoms started popping out everywhere.
    The heat wave started last week, with temperatures in the mid-70s and gusting winds. This week has brought record-breaking February heat across the South.
    Columbia set a record high of 83 degrees Wednesday, 21 degrees above normal. That broke the record of 81 degrees set on this date in 1997, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.