• Kershaw teen gives up her presents to help others

    KERSHAW - Camesha Miller has found more joy in giving than receiving this holiday season.

    Camesha, an Andrew Jackson High School senior, bought several gifts for elementary students she mentors through the teacher cadet program at AJHS.

    Camesha spends about two hours each school day at Kershaw Elementary School working with eight disabled and special-needs students as a teacher assistant.

    She became so fond of the group that she wanted to do something special for them this holiday season.

  • Firm to bring 90 jobs

    INDIAN LAND – A direct-mail company is moving its headquarters to the Panhandle and bringing about 90 new jobs with it.

    The S.C. Department of Commerce and the Lancaster Economic Development Corp. announced that PCI Group Inc. will locate its corporate headquarters in Lancaster County.

    It will invest about $8.3 million to establish its operations in Indian Land and create at least 90 new jobs. The company will move into an existing building in Indian Land, but the company hasn't closed on it yet and officials haven't revealed its location.

  • ILMS to delay moving students to new school

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Middle School students will not be moving into the new school as soon as they return from their winter break.

    ILEMS Principal David McDonald announced the decision to delay moving into the new middle school building in a Dec. 12 letter to parents of Indian Land Middle School students. The first day of class in the middle school is now tentatively set for Jan. 15, the beginning of the new semester.

  • Thieves crack safe at Big Lots

    Big Lots had a visitor from the rooftop late Thursday or early Friday morning, and it wasn't Santa Claus.

    Burglars apparently cut holes in the roof of the S.C. 9 Bypass store to get inside and crack the store's safe.

    According to a Lancaster County Police Department incident report, an employee came to work at the store about 7 a.m. Friday and found that the office area of the store had been burglarized.

    Officers responded and found that the safe in the office had been broken open, the report said.

  • BMS students spread joy

    Smiles came from every corner of White Oak Manor on Dec. 12 as members of Buford Middle School's student council spread Christmas joy to residents of the assisted living home.

    The group of about 20 students went from room to room to greet each resident and give him or her a holiday card. Some of the students also sang Christmas carols for them.

    The visit, which lasted about an hour, was one of the student council's service learning projects.

  • DeVenny falls for Father Frost

    Father Frost has a special place on the DeVenny mantle.

    The wooden figurine, carved from birch, reminds Susan DeVenny of her trip to Russia at the end of summer.

    The Santa-like carving holds a miniature pine tree, and his robe is painted with a sledding scene with two children.

    That reminds DeVenny of winters in Connecticut, sledding with her sister.

    DeVenny, director of S.C. First Steps, bought her Father Frost in Uglich, Russia, a place famous for its clock and watch making.

  • House move causes headaches

    A house became a headache for many drivers on U.S. 521 early Thursday morning.

    David and Ashley Chiluck bought the Montgomery home on Charlotte Highway a couple of months ago and planned to move the home to Niven Road.

    The first part of the couple's plan went OK. But moving a house is a much more difficult task than David Chiluck imagined.

  • City, county to study joint trash disposal

    Lancaster City Council will study whether transferring garbage to a landfill for Lancaster County will be beneficial to both the city and county.

    City Council unanimously voted Dec. 11 to pay half the cost of an engineering study to see if it's workable for the city to collect county trash at its Lynwood Drive transfer station and then haul to a Lee County landfill. The county will pay half of the cost of the $15,000 study.

  • Officers on look out for drunk drivers

    Local law enforcement agencies will be on the hunt for drunk drivers through the New Year's holiday.

    The S.C. Highway Patrol kicked off its Sober or Slammer campaign last weekend, said Lance Cpl. Ron Johnson. The goal of the campaign is to get drunk drivers off the roads.

    Johnson said more than 50 percent of traffic deaths on South Carolina highways are alcohol-related. The state has one of the top rates for alcohol-related traffic deaths in the nation.

  • Last of Springs manufacturing workers seek benefits

    It was the Wednesday before Christmas and the last of Springs Global manufacturing workers in South Carolina were signing up for unemployment benefits.

    The 11 employees seemed upbeat and ready to start a new chapter in their lives at the S.C. Employment Commission transition center, located at the nearly vacated Springs Grace Complex, which once employed 2,500.