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Today's News

  • 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.

  • State House corruption scandal widens

    South Carolina’s corruption scandal took another leap forward Wednesday, as powerful GOP political consultant Richard Quinn Sr. was indicted on criminal conspiracy charges.
    A state grand jury lodged criminal conspiracy indictments against Quinn, his son, suspended S.C. Rep. Rick Quinn, suspended state Sen. John Courson and former lawmakers Tracy Edge and Jim Harrison.

  • Stevens Park hosts Nature & Art Day

    KERSHAW – You don’t have to go to the mountains this weekend to enjoy a relaxing fall hike and some family fun.
    You can do both from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during the annual Nature & Art Day celebration at Stevens Park, 200 Close Circle.
    Now in its third year, Nature and Art Day is hosted by the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) and is one of its signature events.
    “We’re excited to be opening up the park for the community to learn and enjoy,” said KCPC General Coordinator Beverly Timmons.

  • Parking changes coming for both AJ schools

    The 186 parking spots in front of Andrew Jackson High are finding a new home because a multipurpose building is moving in.
    The land along U.S. 521 is being cleared to make 432 new parking spots.
    Lancaster County School District is using existing school property and 2.8 acres that was purchased for the new lot.
    “They’re still doing land-clearing and starting on some grading soon,” said David Small, LCSD facilities director. “It’s on schedule.”

  • Female body found off Doby’s Bridge Rd.

    The York County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case of a body found at the county line Thursday off Doby’s Bridge Road.
    Sheriff’s spokesman Trent Faris said workers at a water-testing station found the unidentified female’s body about noon 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.

  • Home for heelsplitters

    The population of Lancaster County’s endangered Carolina heelsplitters increased significantly Tuesday.
    Federal workers precisely hand-placed 300 of the federally protected mussels along a stretch of Gills Creek between Pageland Highway and Langley Road east of Lancaster.
    “There’s no big method to the madness,” said Morgan Wolf, an endangered species biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
    Since 2012, Wolf has been overseeing improvements to the Gills Creek basin to improve heelsplitter habitats.

  • Blackmon seeks $35K from Harris, county

    Linda Blackmon is asking that Jackie Harris and the Lancaster County Election Commission pay her attorney fees and other costs from the election protest filed by Harris in 2016.
    Blackmon’s attorney Robert Tyson filed a legal motion in the civil court case Oct. 13, seeking $30,000 from Harris and $5,000 from the commission.
    “When there’s a statute, or contractual provision, that allows for the prevailing party to seek costs incurred when the allegations are frivolous in nature, then we will do just that,” Tyson said.