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Today's News

  • 'Expressions from the Soul' exhibit is artist's homecoming

    Sheila Blackmon-Neal is the featured artist whose works are display at Bob Doster's Backstreet Gallery this month.

    Blackmon-Neal is originally from Lancaster and lives in Sumter, where she teaches art, health and career education at Furman Middle School.

    The public is invited to a reception honoring Blackmon-Neal from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Doster's gallery, 217 E. Gay St.

  • Heath Springs center wraps up two-week program

    HEATH SPRINGS – Two girls probed the contents of small particles under a microscope while another quietly read "The Drinking Gourd" by F.N. Mojo.

    In another room, several children focused on various computer games that help with math and English.

    The Heath Springs Community Center served as a haven for mentorship and enlightenment for area children. It housed a two-week summer program that gave school-aged youth something do for part of their summer vacation.

  • AAA all-stars sweep district

    Lancaster National AAA all-stars, ages 9-10, will be vying for the state title in Hartsville. They earned that right by defeating Clover, 9-1, and claiming the District II championship title in Union on Thursday night.

    Clover scored one run on two hits in the top of the first inning. Lancaster came back and scored two runs in the bottom of the first. There were no scores in the second, third and fourth. Lancaster scored the remaining seven runs in the bottom of the fifth.

  • History of Haile Gold Mine

    The Haile Gold Mine was once the largest gold mine in the Southeast, covering 1,800 acres. It was one of 13 mines in Lancaster County and one of the state's 130 mines.

    Mining operations at Haile Gold Mine started with the panning method, moved to small open pit, larger open pit and then went underground. The final phase used the large open pit method. A crude gold/silver mixture called "dore" was shipped from the mine.

    Col. Benjamin Haile was the first to discover gold at the site. It was found in Ledbetter Creek near a grist mill on his plantation in 1827.

  • There's gold in them sandhills ... and Canadian firm hopes to mine it from Haile site

    There's gold in them sandhills ... and Canadian firm hopes to mine it from Haile site

    KERSHAW _ Col. Benjamin Haile first discovered gold in Ledbetter Creek near a grist mill on his plantation in 1827.

    Since then, many people have found gold in this part of South Carolina's sandhills. Various operations have come and gone after millions of dollars in gold were mined from the site, long ago named the Haile Gold Mine after the man who first found gold there.

  • P-31 juniors state-bound

    The Lancaster Post 31 Juniors earned a trip to the state tournament next week with a 10-8 win over Rock Hill Post 34 Friday night at Eggleton Field.

    Lancaster, down 2-1 going into the bottom of the fourth, responded with four runs as Kendall Adams drilled a bases-loaded double, plating two runs.

    Two Rock Hill errors allowed Adams to score, giving Lancaster a 5-3 lead.

    Rock Hill fought back in the next inning, scoring three and tying the game at 5.

  • Committee favors $33M courthouse

    A new courthouse for Lancaster County could cost $33 million.

    Members of the county's capital projects sales tax commission talked with County Council members Monday night. The commission is charged with developing a ballot question for a November bond referendum.

    The county will not be able to borrow such a large amount, so it will have to issue bonds to fund construction of a new courthouse.

    Voters will have the chance to vote on a 1 percent sales tax to pay off the bonds during the November election.

  • Summer festival to spotlight Kershaw

    KERSHAW – A festival meant to show off Kershaw and support a business cause is coming to the streets of the town in August.

    Called the Heart of Summer Festival and the brainchild of Virginia's Dream owner Ann Marie Dwyer, it's scheduled for Aug. 9, on Main Street.

    It will feature fun, food, businesses and NASCAR star Bobby Allison.

    But the main idea is to let residents and visitors alike know what business and recreational opportunities exist in Kershaw.

    Overall, it's a high-quality small town, Dwyer said.

  • Drought increasing contaminate in water?

    Mike Bailes said he's as frustrated as residents in trying to figure out why a particular contaminate keeps showing up in higher than usual numbers in the county's drinking supply.

    Bailes, Catawba River water treatment plant director for the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District, said the plant has been testing new chemicals in the treatment process. It could be another week before utility officials know if the process is working.

  • Baptist churches gather tonight for annual worship service, fundraiser

    KERSHAW – An annual fundraiser to support educational and missionary causes deemed worthy by the state Missionary Baptist Church is tonight in Kershaw.

    Local Missionary Baptist associations – Bethel Hill, Bright Light, Mount Moriah, Mount Peaceful and St. Paul – will come together to hold a worship service at 7 p.m. at First Kershaw Baptist, 401 N. Hampton St., Kershaw.