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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Blackmon-Brace to run for City Council again

    Former city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Linda Blackmon-Brace announced Thursday that she'll be running for Lancaster City Council again – this time for District 3.

    Blackmon-Brace, who represented District 2 from 2002-06, said she has the passion for the job and city residents want her back on City Council.

    "There's not a day that goes by that I don't hear from people about how much they miss me," she said. "They say, 'Please tell me you'll come back.'"

    Blackmon-Brace said she has a love for elected service.

  • Tackle shop owner shot to death; suspect kills self after standoff

    Chucky Cairnes paced back and forth on Green Road, awaiting details about his father's murder and the man suspected of killing him on Wednesday.

    His father, Ronnie Cairnes Sr., was shot in the head about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday while standing outside his business, Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop, at Blakley Crossroads, not far from the Chester County line.

    Cairnes was 55.

    He was buying horse feed from a vendor when Darren Winchester, 46, who lived across the road from the store, fired the shot, said Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris.

  • All-star quartet eyes state title

    Staff Reports

    Four Lancaster youth softball teams head to Sumter today with the same goal – a coveted state championship.

    Teams representing the Darlings, Ponytails, Belles and Debs girls softball programs will launch play this weekend at Sumter’s Dillon Park.

    Each team qualified for the state tournament after capturing district championships at the tournaments held in Chester the last weekend in June.