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Today's News

  • Column: Is $5 too much? Doc, dad haggle over payment for home birth

    Back in the 1920s and ‘30s, the doctors had that good bedside manner about them. We never knew what an emergency room was. When the need was there, the doctor came to your home, and he didn’t charge you an arm and a leg, either.
    I guess I am a living example of this. You see, I was born in Peachland, N.C. You might call it a one-horse town back in the day. My dad had a farm with several horses, some cows, a few chickens and a lumber mill business.

  • Heath Springs delays painting train depot

    HEATH SPRINGS – It’s no secret that the historic railroad depot in the county’s smallest town needs a fresh coat of paint, but town leaders are going to put off the work for at least one more month.
    It’s not paying for the work that’s the issue, but getting someone to do it.
    In April, members of town council appointed councilman Mark Bridges to work with administrator Tony Starnes to get bids for the work and then report back for their May meeting.

  • Gift card bail ‘cops’ strike again

    A 75-year-old Kershaw woman is the latest victim of a scheme in which phone scammers posing as out-of-state cops demand payment for a grandson’s bail using prepaid gift cards.
    According to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the woman got a phone call about 1 p.m. Tuesday from someone posing as her grandson, who told her he was in trouble with the police in Chesapeake, Va.
    The woman said afterward a “Sgt. Jonathan Griffin” got on the line and said her grandson needed to be bailed out of jail.

  • Kershaw town council passes first reading of $3.8M budget

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Town Council unanimously passed first reading of the proposed $3.8 million 2016-17 budget Monday night, though its members aren’t quite sure yet how it will impact taxpayers.
    Mitch Lucas, the town’s interim administrator, said he is still waiting on the final county numbers on how much the town will get in property tax revenue for 2016-17.
    The town, he said, has received the final index numbers for the mandated Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) credit factor, which provides a property tax rollback for homeowners.

  • Clemson part of federal consortium to envision new U.S. textile industry

    Paul Alongi
    Clemson University

    CLEMSON — Clemson University experts will create virtual reality training programs and help veterans integrate into the work force as part of a $317 million federal plan that aims to remake U.S. textile manufacturing into a high-tech business.

  • Sleeping man caught with lap full of drugs

    It’s not against the law to sleep in your car, as long as you don’t do it with illegal drugs in your lap.
    Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies said that led to the arrest of an Indian Land man the night of May 15 at the 7 Eleven convenience store at the intersection of Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521) and Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160).
    Brian John Bronson, 35, of 554 Silver Run Road, is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I, II or III drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Board OKs 10-point grading for all schools

    The 10-point grading scale, mandated by the state last month for high schools, will take effect for all Lancaster County public schools beginning with the 2016-17 school year, the Lancaster County school board announced Tuesday night.
    “We would like to have the consistency across the board in the grading system,” Lancaster school Superintendent Gene Moore said.
    When school starts in August, the current 7-point scale will stop and the 10-point will begin. Parents will receive written notice with final report cards this semester.

  • Relay raises $165K, beats goal by 20%

    Lancaster County’s Relay for Life has blown past its fundraising goal by 20 percent, topping out at more than $165,000, thanks to the ongoing efforts of teams to push their totals higher after the April 29 annual event.
    “Lancaster has raised $165,337.12, which is nearly $30,000 over their goal,” said Jami Myers, Relay for Life’s regional senior director.
    The top four fundraising teams collected more than $10,000 each: Relay Rally Cats, $13,580; Team Dustin Carnes, $12,885; Founders Federal Credit Union, $11,345; and AR Rucker Middle, $10,100.

  • Remember When: Summer’s here: Clean porches, open windows, stow itchy undies

    The change of seasons was an old family tradition when I was growing up, something that happened the same way every time.
    It would be almost the middle of May, with a few really hot days already, but Mama had her way of doing things and nothing ever seemed to change.
    To tell the truth, I was a-itching and a-sweating, still stuck in my thick, itchy winter underwear. And that wool double blanket was still between the sheets.

  • Lady Yellow Jackets win state softball crown

    FLORENCE–The Buford High School Lady Yellow Jackets defeated the Dillon High School Lady Wildcats 2-1 to win the Class AA state softball championship at South Florence High School on Friday night. Check back later for details.