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Today's News

  • Addiction's deadly allure

    First of four parts

  • Pension quirk forces town to up salaries for part-timers

    HEATH SPRINGS – Faced with the likelihood of losing the town’s five part-time employees, the Heath Springs Town Council voted Tuesday night to give them an across-the-board 9 percent pay raise.
    But hang on: that doesn’t mean the employees will be bringing home more money.
    It’s to offset the 9 percent contribution that the part-time workers must start paying into the state retirement system.

  • Sheriff seeks help in identifying woman’s body found near county line

    From release

    The York County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a young woman whose body was found at the county line Thursday off Doby’s Bridge Road.
    YCSO spokesman Trent Faris said workers at a water testing station found the body just before 10 a.m. in a rocky area near Sugar Creek.
    Faris said Thursday afternoon that it was still too early in what he called a “death investigation” to say if investigators suspect foul play or not.

  • Kershaw calls meeting to discuss contamination

    KERSHAW – Kershaw’s attempt to get abandoned Springs Mills property declared a brownfield site is gaining traction.
    A community meeting to discuss health hazards stemming from the site is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kershaw’s Second Baptist Church.
    The town is applying for federal dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the 9.1-acre eyesore, and the public meeting is part of the process.
    “We’re trying to get as many people involved as possible,” said Town Administrator Mitch Lucas.

  • Community Foundation awards grants

    The Lancaster County Community Foundation has handed out its annual grants, totaling $9,600 this year.
    The foundation held a reception earlier this month to celebrate the eight local nonprofits that are receiving the money.
    The organizations include the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Christian Services, Classroom Central, HOPE in Lancaster, Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation, Lancaster Promise Neighborhood, Palmetto Council-Boy Scouts of America and Samaritan’s Feet International.

  • A long, scary, life-and-death saga unfolds

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    The bench outside the Lancaster County Courthouse lets me see who’s coming in and going out.
    It’s a summer afternoon in August 2016 and I wait – impatiently.
    There’s a private hearing going on inside that I can’t legally witness.
    I finally see who I’m looking for after a 30-minute wait.
    I recognize her big, blonde hair from an online photo.

  • Crash kills 18-year-old

    An 18-year-old truck driver from the Midlands was killed Thursday morning when he ran a stop sign south of Kershaw and slammed into an oncoming pickup.
    Zachary Blake Kirkland of Elgin, in the southern part of Kershaw County, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office. His autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
    Emergency personnel responded about 9:30 a.m. to the intersection of Shop and Winterwood roads, about half a mile south of Kershaw. A Dodge work truck carrying Kirkland had overturned in a ditch at the intersection.

  • State kicks in $40K for Kershaw playground equipment

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw has received a $40,000 state grant to help replace the rotten playground equipment at Stevens Park, adding to a growing pot of money that will be used for the project.
    The grant was awarded Oct. 12 by the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The announcement was made at Monday night’s town council meeting.
    “It’s good news,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman, noting that the town plans to kick in an additional $10,000 in hospitality-tax money to construct new playground equipment.

  • Booth brouhaha pits VTIL leader against Fall Fest

    A spat over booth space has broken out between one of the leaders in Indian Land’s incorporation effort and the Indian Land Fall Festival.
    Matt McCusker, a vice president of Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL), accuses festival officials of intentionally blocking his group from renting a booth at the Oct. 28 event, Indian Land’s largest gathering of the year.
    But festival officials Mike Neese and Robin King Hensel say they did no such thing, noting that McCusker simply missed the deadline for applying for a booth.

  • Lancaster man acquitted in child-sex case

    A Lancaster man accused of sexually abusing a child two years ago was found not guilty during his trial in Lancaster County General Sessions Court last week.
    Michael Stephen Mobley, 38, formerly of 1948 Sunny Lane, faced a possible 25-year sentence in his Oct. 11 trial on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under age 11.