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  • County hires deputy fire marshal

    Six-year Indian Land Fire Capt. Mike Magette has been named the county’s deputy fire marshal.
    Set to start his new job Aug. 20, Magette will be working alongside Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers.
    “I’m excited to have some help because of the volume of new construction we have in the county,” said Rogers, who has been doing the job himself since July 2017.

  • County roads among state’s most dangerous

    Bell Town Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tony Gainer can’t help but shudder every time emergency personnel get called to a wreck along S.C. 97 (Cedar Creek Road) in Lancaster County.
    “You hate to say it, but you know it’s gonna be bad,” Gainer said of crashes that occur along the two-lane highway that crisscrosses the southern end of the county from Chester to Kershaw counties.
    “When it’s [S.C.] 97, it normally involves very serious injuries, and, unfortunately, there have been several deaths down there,” he said.

  • Cruising memory lane

    Hit the road Saturday and head for the downtown Kershaw Cruise-In hosted by the Haile Gold Mine Cruisers.
    The free cruise-in will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on North Hampton Street between East Church and East Richland streets, concluding with the participants “cutting town” in their prized automobiles at 7 p.m.
    The Haile Gold Mine Cruisers meet every second Saturday from May through October to talk cars and enjoy socializing.

  • Heath Springs Council to tackle business fees

    HEATH SPRINGS – It’s no secret that some of the town’s codes and ordinances haven’t kept up with the times.
    Take Heath Springs’ annual business license fees, for instance. The fee has been $20 a year since the mid-1980s.
    Town Councilwoman Iva Drakeford said she discussed the fee with a Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) staff member last month at the annual meeting in Hilton Head.

  • Lightning hits home, starts fire

    A Shiloh Unity home suffered significant damage after lightning struck its roof Wednesday night.
    The fire started about 9:30 p.m. while three people were inside the 4,700-square-foot house.
    Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said there were no injuries, but the house has $100,000 in estimated damages to its attic and roof.
    Tradesville, Unity and Buford volunteer fire departments were able to salvage items and minimize damage. The three departments cleared the scene shortly after midnight.

  • Kershaw to flip property from water supplier to pancake maker

    KERSHAW – Call it a win-win for town residents and town hall.
    It appears that Kershaw is getting a Huddle House on East Second Street near Kershaw-Camden Highway next year, and the town is putting a piece of property back on the county tax rolls.
    Kershaw Town Council voted unanimously Monday night on first reading to sell the .23-acre tract, known as the old Springs Mill Water Plant property, to Los Angeles-based BAM Ventures for $1.

  • Judge denies bond in reckless homicide

    Abel Olivo Borbonio, 42, has been denied bond for a reckless homicide charge after he struck and killed a Lancaster man in his yard Saturday morning.
    Borbonio has been living in this country without proper immigration paperwork and, according to public judicial records, he has been arrested multiple times in Lancaster County for driving without a license since 2003.
    Sixth Circuit Solicitor Randy Newman said Borbonio is a flight risk and a danger to the community, and pleaded with the magistrate judge not to grant his bond Wednesday.

  • Dixie Boys stars receive stirring welcome home

    A rousing hero’s welcome home greeted the Lancaster Dixie Boys 14U all-star baseball team as it returned from the Dixie Boys World Series at Second Baptist Church late Thursday afternoon.
    The Kelly Tours charter bus horn blared and lights flashed from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office escort as welcoming fans cheered their young heroes on their arrival at the church.
    The Lancaster Dixie Boys stars, the S.C. state champions, finished third in the Dixie Boys World Series at Bossier City, La., on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Arts camp has lasting impact on volunteer

    It’s hard to believe that just a few years ago I was attending the Arts & Sciences Summer Camp as a camper; now I’ve come back as a volunteer.
    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts camp I helped at was at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Indian Land. It was the last of the four camps this summer. Sixty-one excited campers ages kindergarten through sixth grade came to the July 30-Aug. 3 camp.

  • Pageland Chamber relinquishes Watermelon Festival

    The Pageland Chamber of Commerce will no longer produce the Pageland Watermelon Festival, the town’s largest annual event.
    The chamber’s board voted Thursday to give up its rights to the festival, citing the amount of time it took to plan and hold the event, as well as its finances.
    According to preliminary figures, this year’s two-day festival in July drew more than 1,000 attendees and cost about $62,000 to produce. Its revenue was $52,000.