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  • 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.

  • MUSC considers expansion to IL

    INDIAN LAND – MUSC Health, which bought Springs Memorial Hospital last month, is eyeing Indian Land as a location for a future facility.
    Mack Wallace, MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center professional outreach director, spoke to a curious audience during a recent Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce event at Cross Ridge Café in Indian Land.
    “Indian Land is a focus for MUSC Health,” Wallace said. “So they’ve already deployed some resources to look at land and look at the needs of the community.”

  • TLN wins 36 prizes in S.C. press contest

    The Lancaster News won 36 awards, its highest total ever, in this month’s South Carolina Press Association annual competition, including 11 first places.
    The entire staff won the top honor for election and political coverage for the fifth straight year, propelled by coverage of the Indian Land incorporation fight, two Lancaster mayoral elections and a second year of articles about Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon’s run-in with state ethics officials.

  • City doubles reserve fund after years of belt-tightening

    Starting with the 2007 departure of Springs Industries and the Great Recession that followed, Lancaster has struggled financially. The city suffered another setback when Duracell announced its departure a few years ago.
    But the future is looking a little brighter for the Red Rose City. As the budget for fiscal 2019-20 takes shape, Lancaster’s financial reserves are so large it needs to shave a little off the top to invest in capital improvements.

  • HS offers Sowell new deal

    HEATH SPRINGS – Town council has drawn up a new contract with landscape contractor Darren Sowell to keep Heath Springs’ grass cut, shrubs clipped and trees trimmed.
    After council met behind closed doors for a half hour Tuesday night, Mayor Eddie Moore announced the new contract.
    “We’re waiting on Mr. Sowell to sign… hopefully on Friday,” Moore said.

  • Top honor for Fred Plyler

    Fred Plyler has fire in his blood thanks to his father and father-in-law, founding members of two Lancaster County fire departments, and now his son and grandchildren are following in his steps.Plyler, 69, has been named the county’s 2018 Firefighter of the Year.
    He has been fighting fires for nearly a half century, stopping only to serve four years in the Air Force, one of them in Vietnam.