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  • Benford kicks up its heels this weekend

    Benford Brewing Co. will be hopping this weekend, with a big United Way fundraiser Friday and a free tour kickoff for local rocker Pam Taylor on Saturday, featuring local band Sugarshine.
    United Way Director Deborah Boulware said she and her board wanted to try a different type of fundraiser from what they are used to, and Benford was the perfect venue.

  • Very active playtime

    There’s a new business in Lancaster that has children literally jumping for joy.
    The Jumpin Jax Fun Center, an indoor playground, opened Saturday with a giant soft play and climbing facility for kids – and parents – to enjoy.
    “You would be amazed at the workout just going through that thing,” business owner Christina Tucker said this week. “My kids sleep through, and I know why!”
    Jumpin Jax is Tucker’s second business venture in Lancaster, following Tumble-N-Roll, the cheer gym she opened downtown 20 years ago.

  • Man charged with heroin distribution

    A Lancaster man was arrested on drug charges Friday morning after investigators found an assortment of suspected drugs – and six children – in a single-wide trailer on Old Jefferson Highway.
    Nicholas Brian Payne, 38, was charged with distribution of heroin, trafficking 4-14 grams of schedule II acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride, possession with intent to distribute schedule IV alprazolam and marijuana, and three counts of possession of a prescription drug without a prescription.

  • Dorman invites taxpayers to chat

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman places a high value on input from town residents, and he wants to hear the good and the bad.
    Starting May 1, Dorman will hold “Meet the Mayor” sessions at Kershaw Town Hall, 113 S. Hampton St. The sessions will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Top state awards go to Legion Post 250

    Indian Land’s American Legion Post 250 has received two statewide awards recognizing the post for its growth and its impact on the local community.
    Post 250 was the single recipient of South Carolina’s Post Excellence Award this year, among more than 160 posts throughout the state.
    The post’s commander, Richard Steininger, received the W.M. McLaughlin Post Commander Achievement Award – an honor given to one post commander in the state each year.

  • Man killed in wreck on S.C. 5 amid storm

    VAN WYCK – A Fort Lawn man was fatally injured in a wreck during Friday’s storm when another vehicle hit his truck on S.C. 5, causing it to flip over.
    Mark Sikes, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lancaster County’s Coroner Office.
    According to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol, Sikes was driving south on S.C. 5 at Steele Hill Road in his 1994 Ford pickup shortly before 3:30 p.m. He slowed to turn and was hit by a 2002 Kia driven by 42-year-old Darrick Lamont McClintock of Rock Hill, Miller said.

  • Winds rip county

    Lancaster County experienced the worst wind damage in the Carolinas from Friday’s big storm, with numerous trees falling on houses and vehicles, 10,000 immediate power outages and some residents still in the dark Sunday night.
    With sustained winds of about 40 mph, the storm ripped awnings from several businesses. The brick façade of a building used by well-known nonprofit Jackie’s Place on Lancaster’s Brooklyn Avenue collapsed into the street, injuring a man who had to climb out of the rubble.

  • Buford farm family loses barn, 200 chickens in fire

    A Buford family lost a barn full of memories and hundreds of chickens in a fire early Saturday.
    Michelle Hall said she, her husband and four of their children were sound asleep shortly before 4 a.m. when a neighbor came banging on their door to tell them the barn was engulfed in flames.
    Hall said she believes it was an electrical fire because there were several heat lamps inside the barn, warming 3-week-old chicks.

  • Ladies, this is your chance to dress up

    Dozens of women, young and old, will dress in their Sunday best as they eat, sip tea and bid on items April 28 at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts (LCCA) Ladies Night Out Sunday Afternoon Tea.

  • Heath Springs aims to ‘Get Healthy…Stay Healthy’

    HEATH SPRINGS – Up until now, the signature event for the town of Heath Springs has been its annual July 4 celebration.
    That may be about to change as the town will host its inaugural “Get Healthy…Stay Healthy” Mega Health and Wellness Fair on April 27. The health fair is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Ann S. Taylor Municipal Building (town hall).
    The idea to host a health fair stemmed from a January conversation that Heath Springs Mayor Eddie Moore had with the S.C. Office of Rural Health.