Local News

  • AJ High mourns loss of student after crash

    KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School students and faculty held a moment of silence Thursday morning to remember junior Daniel Sullivan, who died Wednesday from injuries he received in a car accident on Saturday.

    “That was tough for everybody,” said AJHS Principal Mary Barry. “The silence was absolutely deafening.”

    Daniel Sullivan, 16, was in a crash in Kershaw County on Saturday. He died Wednesday, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol. Another AJHS student, Kyle Cantu, 18, broke his collarbone and a rib in the crash.

  • Stamp Out Hunger drive to aid HOPE

    Helping the hungry in Lancaster County is as easy as going to your mailbox on Saturday.

    The United Way of Lancaster County is coordinating with local letter and rural mail carriers to collect food for HOPE in Lancaster.

    HOPE has a food bank and assists families with rent, mortgage and utility payments.

    To help Stamp Out Hunger in Lancaster this year, leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery Saturday.

  • Kershaw hosting Spring-A-Thon

    KERSHAW – Come on down to the town’s annual Spring-A-Thon festival tonight for carnival rides and good beach music.

    The festival kicked off Thursday in downtown Kershaw with carnival rides, which will continue through Saturday. Tonight, The Embers will take the stage at 6 p.m. on Main Street.

    “We encourage all shaggers to come on down and dance until they drop,” said festival organizer and Kershaw Chamber of Commerce President Sheila Hinson. The chamber is hosting the event.

  • Did you return your census form?

    HEATH SPRINGS – Heath Springs and Van Wyck residents may get a knock at their door in the coming weeks as census takers begin visiting homes that did not return a census form.

    Census forms were mailed only to homes with a street address, not post office boxes, in the first phase of the national tally. About half of Heath Springs’ residents receive their mail by post office box and many Van Wyck residents use post office boxes as well.

  • 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.