Local News

  • 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.

  • Scouts’ pinewood derby is Saturday

    Who’s pinewood car will be the fastest?

    Well, you’re going to have to be there to find out.

    The L&C (Lancaster and Chester) District of Boy Scouts of America, in conjunction with Clayton Homes of Lancaster, is hosting its annual regional pinewood derby from 10 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

    The event will be held at Clayton Homes, 1400 S.C. 9 Bypass.

    Pinewood derbies are a Boy Scout tradition, though this is just the second year that Clayton Homes of Lancaster is helping with the event.

  • Man shot at Pardue Street Apartments

    A 38-year-old Lancaster man was injured in a shooting at Pardue Street Apartments early Thursday.

    According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers assisting a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy with a traffic stop on Chesterfield Avenue heard gunshots and the police department received several calls about them. Officers learned that someone had been shot while heading to the complex.

  • Mascot to make debut at Red Rose festival

    She has a lot of fur, big ears, a big smile and is looking forward to meeting you on Saturday.

    Her name is Rosie the Rabbit, and she will make her formal debut to the community during this weekend’s Red Rose Festival in downtown.

    Festival organizer Caroline Hasty said she and others wanted Rosie to be a part of this weekend as soon as they began planning the event last year. The aim is for Rosie to become the city’s mascot and to regularly appear at yearly events such as Christmas parades.

  • IL resident among those to attend education rally

    Satish Shetty is concerned about the level of funding public schools are receiving and wanted his voice to be heard.

    That’s why the Indian Land resident went to Columbia on April 14, where he was among the hundreds who gathered at the Statehouse for an event billed as the “Enough is Enough” rally.

    Teachers, parents, students, education advocates and others assembled to let state legislators know  they’re unhappy with the recent budget cuts and the lower level of funding that’s projected for schools next year.

  • Kershaw council to examine ways to fix town’s sidewalks

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Councilman Morris Russell wanted to talk about sidewalks at Monday’s Town Council meeting, after a resident recently complained about the uneven sidewalks on Matson Street.

    Russell said the man had fallen and was bloody after falling on the sidewalks.

    “The (tree) roots have gotten under the sidewalk and jacked them up in places,” Town Administrator Tony Starnes told council members.

    It isn’t as simple as cutting the tree roots, which will kill the trees.

  • EMS under fire about slow response time

    INDIAN LAND, After two separate incidents of slow responses to Lancaster County EMS calls, some county residents are wondering what took EMS units so long.

    On March 7, Indian Land resident Patrick Harris called 911 at 4:57 p.m. after his pregnant wife, who was 35 weeks along, started bleeding badly.

  • Express yourself

    There was no telling what you were bound to see at Thursday’s coffee house event at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    USCL students took their turn in the spotlight at this open microphone-style function that featured singing, instrumentation, poetry, dancing and even a Rubik’s Cube demonstration, held at the multipurpose room of the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    Keyboardist Terry Thompson entertained the crowd by supplying background music for other acts and rendering selections of his own.

  • Reyes-Campos pleads guilty to stabbing woman

    A man who pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting the mother of his children with a knife also faces a federal charge for being in the country illegally.

    Gerardo Reyes-Campos, 31, pleaded guilty to assault and battery with intent to kill during general sessions court in Lancaster on Monday. Judge Brooks Goldsmith sentenced Reyes-Campos to seven years in prison.

    A jury had been picked and the case was ready to go to trial, but Reyes-Campos opted to plead guilty before his trial began.

  • EMS wins state award

    Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services has brought home a state award it last won in 1989.

    The county emergency ambulance service received the 2009 EMS Large System of the Year at the annual S.C. EMS Symposium in Myrtle Beach last week.

    EMS agencies in the large system division receive at least 2,000 calls a year. Lancaster County EMS receives about 12,000 calls a year, said Director Lanny Bernard.