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  • 21 years after leaving college, IL resident to complete degree

    For a long time, Jennifer Kirby never imagined she’d be able to call herself a college graduate.

    Kirby attended Columbus State University in Georgia off and on from 1987 to 1989. The next year, she got married and moved with her husband to Kentucky.

    A few years later, she had the first of three daughters and became a stay-at-home mother for 10 years.

    A college degree was not on her list of priorities.

  • Councils hears of way to protect monument

    County Council wants to prevent further damage at the J. Marion Sims monument in Heath Springs.

    Council recently discussed options for protecting the concrete monument on New Hope Road.

    Built in 1949, the monument marks the birthplace of Dr. James Marion Sims in a farmhouse near the site. The area around the monument has been repeatedly damaged over the last year, the result of ATVs being driven in circles around the monument. This has caused damage to the turf and monument base.

  • Time to transition from ‘getters’ to ‘givers,’ says speaker to grads

    Dr. William Lee McDow told the University of South Carolina at Lancaster’s newest graduates Saturday it’s time for them to transition from “getters” to “givers.”

    McDow spoke to 63 students who participated in the ceremony at Bundy Auditorium.

    McDow was a former chairman of the Lancaster County Commission for Higher Education, which was instrumental in establishing the USCL campus.

  • Courthouse project on schedule, within budget

    The county’s new courthouse is more than a quarter complete, project representatives say.

    Chad Catledge of Lancaster’s Perception Builders and Danny Mullis, project executive at BE&K Building Group of Charlotte, updated County Council on the status of the new courthouse April 12. Catledge is serving as project consultant for construction of the new courthouse, while Mullis’ company is in charge of the project.  

    Mullis applauded construction crews for a job well done on concrete construction, which took place throughout March.

  • Kershaw council votes to upgrade tennis courts at Stevens Park

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw will spend $7,000 to resurface the tennis courts at Stevens Park.

    The $7,000 will supplement grant funding that the Kershaw Park Council has received. The courts, which are at least 30 to 40 years old, have likely never been repaired and are in bad condition.

    The town received price quotes from a few different companies about the resurfacing.

    One company told officials that they could demolish the existing courts and build new ones for $45,000, but the new courts would last for 20 years.

  • A guilty plea, an apology

    Martavious Carter didn’t have a father figure in his life.

    He didn’t get along with his mother and lived with his grandmother.

    He suffered from mental and emotional problems, and began committing crimes as a juvenile.

    When he was 16, he was sentenced as an adult in a burglary case, but under a S.C. Youthful Offender Act sentence, he was set free.

    In March 2008, he committed three home burglaries in a two-week span. A co-defendant in those cases pleaded guilty and received 18 months in prison.

  • Four educators inducted into local Hall of Fame

    Arthur K. Benjamin intended to stay in the education profession for only about five months.

    He had a decent-paying job in Philadelphia and wasn’t too fond of the idea of coming back to South Carolina to teach.

    Those five months turned into 40-plus years, and now the retired teacher is being honored for his lifetime of work.

  • HOPE pleads for office space

    Elaine Adkins pleaded with Lancaster County Council  last Monday night for extra office space.

    Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, has seen a drastic rise in the numbers of unemployed residents seeking help from her organization. HOPE provides food and help with utility bills for local families.

    With space at a minimum, Adkins asked council to consider giving her organization two more offices.

  • Fired city dispatcher won’t get her job back

    Lancaster City Council members sided with its grievance committee regarding the fate of a fired dispatcher.

    Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to uphold the termination of Laverne Thompson, who was fired Feb. 3 after being placed on paid administrative leave since last Dec. 14.

    The vote came after council returned from a closed session. Councilwoman Tamara Green was not at Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Gold mine could bring 300 jobs - some day

    KERSHAW – Within the next few years, Kershaw’s Haile Gold Mine could employ up to 300 workers.

    Diane Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Romarco Minerals Inc., a Canadian gold development company, spoke about the mine’s plans at the Indian Land Rotary Club on April 27.

    She expects that the mine, located in the southern part of the county, could eventually employ about 300 workers. She said the eventual construction of mining facilities on the property could provide jobs for upward of 500 temporary construction employees.