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  • Long, hard days in Haiti

    Amanda Gaskin had never left the country and had never seen a clear blue ocean before June 2, when she and a small mission team took a trip to Fond Blanc in Haiti.
    The small construction crew stayed for a week, working tirelessly each day at an orphanage with no power or running water, before returning to America.
    The country is still suffering from a devastating earthquake eight years ago.

  • WWII, Korea vet Ira Williams dies at 100

    Ira Williams, a veteran of the D-Day invasion and the first Lancaster County soldier to enter Germany after the allies’ drive across Europe, died Thursday, five days after a huge crowd celebrated his 100th birthday.
    After ending World War II without a scratch, Williams continued his Army service and was severely wounded during the Korean War. He spent more than a year in the hospital.
    In 2007, The Lancaster News ran a two-part series highlighting his military career.

  • Kershaw gets state grant to refurbish golf course greens

    KERSHAW – A $35,000 state grant will rework eight putting greens and enlarge all the tee boxes at the Kershaw Golf Course, the next big step in a two-year effort to revitalize the once-faltering municipal facility.
    The grant, from the S.C. Department of Recreation and Tourism, will pay 80 percent of the project’s cost. The city will supply about $7,000.
    “This is a win-win for everybody,” said Mayor Mark Dorman. “Most of our 20 percent match will come in the form of labor and equipment.”

  • Flood-fighting, heelsplitter-saving wins national award

    The $877,000 Gills Creek project that both protected the endangered Carolina Heelsplitter and controlled costly floodwaters has earned Lancaster County national recognition.
    The National Association of Counties, meeting July 15 in Nashville, gave the county one of five 2018 transportation awards for its “Highways and Heelsplitters” project.
    “That’s pretty gratifying for us and our employees,” said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis. “Gills Creek is flowing much better and the heelsplitters have a better home.”

  • Investors target 3rd major downtown site

    Another large, vacant building has been sold in downtown Lancaster and looks poised for redevelopment.
    Quietly, in March, investors identified in legal documents only as Main and Dunlap LLC purchased the 11,364-square-foot Kimbrell’s building in the heart of downtown at 106 S. Main St.
    A block in either direction, big renovation projects are already in the works.

  • Hats off to Wilkie McDow

    Emily Pollok and David Kellin
    The Lancaster News

    More than 150 people turned out Tuesday night to honor Wilkie McDow, who is retiring after a local culinary career that spanned more than six decades.
    The reception and fundraiser at USC Lancaster’s Bradley Building was organized by caterer Evelyn Springs, who worked with McDow for many years and calls him her mentor.
    Other event sponsors included Ell Close, Founders Federal Credit Union, Special Occasion Rentals and Winona’s Flowers & Gifts.

  • 4 cows stolen from Kershaw pasture

    Where’s the beef?
    That’s what Robert Goodwin wondered, after his four cows were stolen from a Kershaw pasture.
    Goodwin, who lives in Columbia, reported last week that $16,000 worth of livestock was stolen from him. He said he was leasing land from a Kershaw couple until about eight months ago, when he noticed his four cows had been stolen from the pasture. Two of the cows were pregnant, he told the deputy.
    The couple told Goodwin they had no idea where the cows were or when they had been stolen, the incident report said.

  • State ups funding for homicide victims’ funerals

    For the first time in 22 years, the state has increased the amount of money it will pay families to help bury loved ones who are the victims of homicide, state Attorney General Alan Wilson said.
    The change comes from a new budget proviso approved by the S.C. General Assembly, which took effect July 1. Once capped at $4,000 for funeral expenses, the AG office’s Department of Crime Victim Compensation (DCVC) may now award up to $6,500 for eligible-victim claims.

  • Dinosaurs take center stage at USCL

    Dinosaur Adventures with Dakota and Friends came to USC Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium Thursday as part of See Lancaster Live’s “It’s Summertime!”

  • Kershaw cuts deal on overgrown rail corridor

    KERSHAW – The town’s lawnmowers will soon be whacking away at the overgrown six-block Cleveland Street greenway, even though the railroad dispute that stopped the routine maintenance is still unresolved.
    The town, Mayor Mark Dorman said, has worked out a deal to start mowing again beside the railroad tracks that split the town down the middle.
    “Once that contract is signed, we’ll be back at again. Hopefully, that will take a couple of weeks at the most,” Dorman said Thursday.