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  • Kanawha Insurance celebrates milestone

    Kanawha Insurance Co. recently celebrated a milestone – 50 years in business.

    Col. Elliott White Springs, chairman of what is now Springs Global, founded Kanawha Insurance Co. in 1958 to help Springs' employees provide more financial security to their families. He encouraged employees to participate and most did.

  • Prices reach new record

    Barbara Miller bought a Chrysler LeBaron a few months ago to drive instead of her Ford Expedition. Her sole purpose was to get more miles per gallon.

    But as she filled up her Chrysler at Crenco on South Main Street, she was left thinking about other ways to combat the rising cost.

    On Tuesday, gasoline prices rose to a record national average of $4.04 a gallon. The increase has forced many people to change their driving habits and cut back on their overall spending.

    "It's bad everywhere," Miller said. "I wish somebody would do something."

  • Payday lending an endangered species in South Carolina?

    The S.C. Legislature took no action to further regulate payday lending in the legislative session that ended last week, but state Sen. Greg Gregory, R-Lancaster, thinks payday lending is now set up for a fall when the Legislature convenes in 2009.

    The Legislature considered tighter regulations of the industry this year, but procedural moves buried the bill late in the legislative session.

  • Boy, 5, shoots self by accident

    A 5-year-old Lancaster boy was flown to the hospital after he apparently shot himself Tuesday morning.

    The boy was inside his home on Winston Drive about 9:45 a.m. when he shot himself in the right shoulder with a pistol, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

    "The gun was in the house and the boy was playing with it," sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said. "It appears to be an accident."

    The boy's father was in the home when the shooting happened. Two guns – a pistol and a rifle – were later found in the home. One shot was fired.

  • Oppressive heat to let up – at least for a while

    Lancaster County is headed toward a cool down of sorts.

    No, the cold front that dropped snow over parts of the Northwest this week isn't headed this way.

    But instead of temperatures in the upper 90s, temperatures are forecast to drop about 10 degrees over the next few days. The unseasonable heat (it isn't even officially summer yet) has broken records across the state.

    Today's high is expected to be in the low 90s, and Thursday through Saturday, it will be in the upper 80s.

    No rain

  • Man argues his arrest as sex offender was unfair

    INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land man says Lancaster County sheriff's deputies wrongfully arrested him on May 26.

    Robert Steven Smith, 39, of 7362 Charlotte Highway, was charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office on May 26 with failure to register as a sex offender.

    Smith said he established his residence in Lancaster County on May 19. But the sheriff's office says he moved here on May 13, Smith said.

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  • Auction of old Pageland hotel delayed

    PAGELAND – The auction of the old Blakeney Hotel in downtown Pageland has been put on hold until later this month.

    One of Pageland’s oldest landmarks was set to be auction March 14, but has been postponed until March 28, said owner Robert Scherer.

    “The auction had so many inquires that they wanted to devote more time to publicity,” Scherer said. “That’s the only word that I’ve gotten.”