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  • Kershaw Citizen of the Year a ‘doer’

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw Chamber of Commerce named Alan Sims as the town’s Citizen of the Year at its annual banquet April 9 at the country club.
    Sims, a social studies teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School who also writes part time for the Kershaw News Era, is heavily involved in the community. His wife, Christina, is a teacher at North Central High School. They have a son, Sailor, 3.

  • Friday last day to file for Heath Springs seat

    Friday is the last day for candidates to file for the open seat on Heath Springs Town Council.
    The filing period ends at noon April 19, said Lancaster County Elections Director Mary Ann Hudson.
    Heath Springs has five council seats, including mayor, and one of them was vacated last month when Elaine Lehr resigned.
    A special election will be held June 25 to fill her term, which runs through December 2021.

  • Bad weather on the horizon?

    Lancaster County may be in for some bad weather Thursday and Friday, including severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes.
    According to the National Weather Service (NWS), a strong cold front will hit parts of South Carolina on Thursday night and carry into Friday, followed by dry and cool conditions Saturday and Sunday.
    Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue and Emergency Management, said Lancaster County only has a slight opportunity for tornadoes, but the possibility is still there.

  • Tillman gets probation on reduced charges

    Lancaster business man and former civic leader Chris Tillman is out of jail, but will be on probation and in counseling for the next few years after pleading guilty to second-degree assault and battery.
    Tillman, 51, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor in March 2018, but pleaded down to second-degree assault and battery last month.

  • County considers selling strip of property to Sims Foundation

    There’s a long, narrow strip of grass between the county’s emergency operations center on North White Street and the soon-to-be new home of the J. Marion Sims Foundation.
    The foundation wants to buy the property for parking lot expansion and has offered the county $7,500 for it.
    County leaders are apprehensive about selling it, since the EOC could need more space in the future.

  • Gold mine hopes for expansion

    KERSHAW – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting this week for the possible expansion of Haile Gold Mine.
    The meeting is 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Andrew Jackson High School, 6925 Kershaw Camden Highway.
    The meeting includes an open house from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a two-hour meeting to solicit public feedback.
    The 5,700-acre mine, which is off S.C. 601 in eastern Lancaster County, is owned by OceanaGold.

  • Batter up!

    Last week at the Springdale Recreation Complex, a 9-year-old baseball player stepped up to the plate and smacked the ball.
    He dashed toward first base, grasping the hand of his running partner.
    As Landon Bryson’s foot hit the bag, the crowd of onlookers went crazy. His teammates and coaches jumped and cheered.
    “I made base!” he yelled. “I’ve never made base before!”
    Landon, a third-grader at Buford Elementary School, has been blind from birth.

  • Kershaw honors former police chief

    Kershaw Town Council honored Danny Williams and his family at Monday night’s meeting. Williams is the town’s former police chief and has 42 years in law enforcement. He now works part time for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office as a civilian employee supervising litter control.

  • Fun-run fundraiser

    McDonald Green Elementary students were blitzed with colored powder Friday morning as they made laps around the car-rider loop in celebration of thousands of dollars raised for their school.
    The school’s Color-Fun Run got students out and moving after weeks of fundraising, followed by an elaborate obstacle course in the school’s gym. McDonald Green’s parent coordinator, Myra McLaughlin, said organizers didn’t get the turnout they had hoped for from business sponsors, but the kids made up for it by gathering individual donations.

  • Artsy eggs

    Easter eggs are a Redmond family tradition.
    When I was a child, my sisters and I would dye at least three dozen hard-boiled eggs for our Easter Sunday egg hunt. I don’t know where my brothers were, but I have wonderful memories of just us girls in the kitchen with eggs everywhere.