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  • Playground in progress

    KERSHAW – This town’s most anticipated construction project since Haile Gold Mine broke ground Friday, with workers digging footings and assembling pieces of the new playground at Stevens Park.
    “So here we are, finally,” said retired physician Jim Timmons, who was manning a portable drill as a group put together one of the many playground component bases that are being cut and built from scratch.
    Timmons is the husband of Beverly Timmons, general coordinator for Kershaw Community Parks Council.

  • Beauty queen to 3rd graders: Pick healthy food, exercise

    The North Elementary cafeteria was full of smiling faces Monday as Miss Simpsonville Lauren Long sang, laughed and spread the message of healthy eating and living with a large group of third-grade girls.
    She also spoke at Brooklyn Springs and Erwin elementaries this week.
    Long, 19, has been competing in pageants since she was in middle school in her hometown of Walhalla. She will compete in the Miss South Carolina Pageant on June 30, and if she wins she will compete in the Miss America Pageant.

  • Tuesday program explores ‘Activism of Native Women’

    From release

    From Native American activism in the Dakota Access Pipeline movement to the exploration of symbolism in contemporary artwork, four female panelists will discuss their roles in modern Native movements during the “Activism of Native Women” symposium this Tuesday.
    The symposium, 2-4 p.m. at USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium, is part of the Native American Studies Center’s 13th-annual Native American Studies Week. 

  • Jam-packed weekend

    There will be no shortage of fun things to do in Lancaster this weekend – events to entertain and to benefit the community.
    The second-annual Red Rose Brew Bash kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. with a free block party featuring live music, food and Benford Brewing Co.’s Green Irish Honey beer, all hosted by The Craft Stand to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
    Saturday from 2-10 p.m. is when the beer tasting will take place, with over 50 different beers to sample.

  • Canceling concerts fails on 3-3 tie vote

    A move to scrap Lancaster’s Performing Arts Series of concerts came close to passing Tuesday night, as city council members fretted over the program’s $150,000 deficit for this fiscal year.
    After an hour-long executive session to discuss the Performing Arts Series, which has generated about $89,000 in revenue this year, council member Linda Blackmon made a motion to discontinue the concerts.
    The vote failed on a 3-3 tie, with Blackmon, Hazel Taylor and Sara Eddins in favor, and Gonzie Mackey, Kenny Hood and Mayor Pro Tem Tamara Green Garris against.

  • Fire consumes 3 Sun City homes

    INDIAN LAND – A fire whipped by strong winds quickly destroyed three houses and damaged two others Thursday afternoon at Sun City Carolina Lakes.
    An army of firefighters rushed to the scene from at least six departments, extinguishing the blaze after a little more than two hours. No residents or firefighters were injured.

  • Fire destroys three Sun City homes

    INDIAN LAND – Firefighters were working like mad Thursday afternoon to battle a spreading fire that had already destroyed three houses in the Sun City Carolina Lakes subdivision off U.S. 521.
    Personnel from the Indian Land and Pleasant Valley fire stations were called to Daffodil Court in the active adult community just after 3:30 p.m. for a brush fire.
    However, before they arrived, it had already spread to engulf one home.

  • Hand-made beauty

    From release

    The kickoff of Native American Studies Week will bring crowds to downtown Lancaster this Saturday to shop for beadwork, baskets, Catawba pottery, quilts and more one-of-a-kind artwork at the Native American Arts and Crafts Festival.
    The festival is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, 119 S. Main St. in downtown Lancaster.

  • Joe Ghent Jr. wins state award for leadership in conservation

    From release

    Joe Ghent Jr., a third-generation leader in Lancaster County’s conservation community, has been named Outstanding Commissioner of the Year by the S.C. Association of Conservation Districts.

    Ghent has been a Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District commissioner for 16 years and currently serves as chairman. He received the state award Feb. 27 during the 2018 Conservation Partnership Conference in Columbia.

  • Clinking glasses: Renovation wraps up at ‘Best Craft Beer Bar in S.C.’

    The Craft Stand celebrated its post-renovation grand reopening this month with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a room packed with patrons and, of course, good beer.

    “Thank you, guys. We wouldn’t be here without you,” said Brandy Geraghty, co-owner of the Lancaster business along with husband Don. “You keep my lights on and my kids fed, so I don’t have to look for a real job.”

    The Main Street watering hole has also been named the 2018 Best Craft Beer Bar in South Carolina by the website CraftBeer.com.