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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.