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Today's News

  • We cannot turn our backs on the Greatest Generation

    As a child, I spent many summer afternoons with my great aunt Virginia Jones at her home at the corner of Gay and York streets, eating Kentucky Fried Chicken on her front porch and watching the children in the Leroy Springs swimming pool across the street.

    Aunt Gin had a stroke one evening when I was about 6 years old, and spent her remaining years confined to her bed at the county nursing home. Although she had been fiscally responsible all her life, Aunt Gin’s savings was depleted quickly.

  • Ronnie Cairnes loved horses and his two granddaughters

    Ronnie Cairnes' life ended Wednesday morning while buying feed for his horses.

    He enjoyed horses a lot. He had seven of them.

    "He loved horses and he liked young'uns to death," said his brother, David Cairnes.

    Cairnes grew up on Hoke Road, not far from his business, Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop.

    He lived in Fort Lawn with his common law wife, Joyce Sumner, David Cairnes said.

    Cairnes, who was 55, owned the tackle shop for about five years. Sumner helped manage the store.

  • Man, 68, faces sex charges

    A Kershaw man remains behind bars after deputies say he performed sex acts on four minors and provided them with alcohol, cigarettes and pornography.

    Hazel Hilton, 68, of 6395 N. Matson St., was charged June 24 with four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and supplying minors with tobacco or cigarettes.

    Two of the teens are 16, one is 17 and the other is 18.

  • State awards Kershaw $100,000 to help build new town hall

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is a little closer to a new town hall.

    The S.C. Budget and Control Board awarded the town a $100,000 competitive grant to build a new, 6,000-square-foot town hall on June 27. The new town hall is expected to cost about $700,000. It's expected to be paid for with the grant, a loan and the town's $1 million-plus in savings.

    "We're real pleased," said Town Administrator Tony Starnes.

  • County Council considers $200,000 for IL library

    Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band told County Council on Monday night that he was thankful the Del Webb Library at Indian Land was being considered for funding in an upcoming bond referendum.

    The library, which has been funded mostly by Pulte Homes' Del Webb, the developer of Sun City Carolina Lakes, and business and individual donations, needs another $200,000 to have a decent book collection on opening day. The library is slated to open at the end of the year or January 2009.

  • Suspected killer often threatened Cairnes, says family of slain man

    Ronnie Cairnes and Darren Winchester had a turbulent history that goes back several years, according to Cairnes' family and residents of Blakley Crossroads.

    Winchester lived in a two-story house about 150 yards across the road from Cairnes' business, Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop, at Cedar Creek Road (S.C. 97) and Green Road.

    Cairnes' brother, David, said Winchester came to the business regularly to start trouble.

  • Simpler time not so simple

    As I get older – or maybe as I grow mellow – the bad stuff that happened during my childhood just doesn’t seem worth recalling.But it did happen, like when I occasionally got my britches dusted.And at one time, I figured I owned the world record for sitting through lectures while staring down at my shoe tops.Having sisters and brothers pays off. It seems that everybody I knew had a couple of brothers and sisters as an added layer of insulation during troubling times.I wasn’t as lucky.

  • Unrelated cases keep investigators busy

    Lancaster County authorities were busy Wednesday, investigating two unrelated cases. They began the day with the discovery of the remains of Ada Judith Torruco, 33, who had been reported missing in June, and a short time later, responded to a fatal shooting at Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop.

    Here is a timeline of how those cases unfolded:

  • Arts camps an 'invaluable resource'

    Lancaster County Council of the Arts is holding its annual arts and sciences camps in Indian Land, Kershaw and Lancaster this month. Children ages 5 to 12 will be exposed to a variety of forms of art – dance, music, theater, language arts and visual arts.

    The classes are fun, informative and children get a hands-on experience in the classes. But even more so is an opportunity for a child to discover his or her talent. The exposure could be just what some child needs to inspire him or her into a career of art.

  • Two charged in woman's death

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office was investigating another death before responding the shooting at Cedar Creek Tackle.

    Sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said his agency received information from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Tuesday about Charlotte resident Ada Judith Torruco, 33, who had been reported missing June 10 by her family.

    Charlotte authorities said it was possible that Torruco had been killed and her body dumped in remote Lancaster County on the dirt portion of Mount Carmel Road.