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  • Robbers steal bag of money

    The armed robbery happened so quickly that Crystal Robinson says she didn't have time to think.

    Just after 7 a.m. Monday, two men entered the Meeting Street Express convenience store and took a bag of money from Robinson, the store manager.

    Robinson was behind the counter and bent down to open the safe when the men walked in.

    One pointed a black gun at her and told her not to move, and the other man went behind the counter and took the money, she said.

    They then left out the back door.

    Robinson said the robbery lasted less than a minute.

  • Kershaw council split on ordinance to give plant operator hiring power

    KERSHAW – Kershaw Mayor Tommy Baker called a special meeting on Monday to address the hiring of a employee for the town's wastewater treatment plant, an issue that has divided council.

    Baker requested the meeting to address controversy fanned by a Kershaw News-Era article two weeks ago that focused on a possible illegal move by council on Nov. 5 to allow a department head to hire a wastewater treatment plant operator.

    "According to what the newspaper said, we were in violation of an ordinance," Baker said Monday.

  • Camden farmer thankful for help from 2 Kershaw residents

    CAMDEN – Thanksgiving Day was a very special one this year for Sampson Parker.

    Parker, 44, was involved in a horrific accident on his 50-acre farm just north of Camden on Sept. 11. He lost most of his right arm, but he's very thankful to the two Kershaw residents who came to his aid that day.

    During Thanksgiving dinner, Parker's family had a special prayer. "My wife thanked God that I am still alive," he said.

  • Council members vote 4-3 against request to rezone Van Wyck land for businesses

    VAN WYCK – Van Wyck's downtown of mostly older homes and quiet streets will remain intact for now.

    County Council voted down a rezoning request Monday night that would have allowed businesses on a few acres at the corner of Steele Hill and Old Hickory roads.

    The rezoning request had been on council's past two agendas, but property owner Glen Small requested that it be removed both times. Still, Van Wyck residents came to the council meetings each time to speak against the rezoning.

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  • Phone co. to interrupt service

    Lancaster County residents may find themselves without telephone service for a short time late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

    According to Lancaster County Emergency Management, there may be a loss of land-based phone service in many areas of the county between midnight Friday and 1:30 a.m. Saturday. This will not affect cellular phone service.

    Residents with emergencies may use cell phones to call 911. If a resident does not have a cell phone, he or she may go to the nearest

  • Springs store to close

    After many years of offering first- and second-rate bed and bath linens for Springs employees and the general public, the Springs-Wamsutta store on S.C. 9 will soon close.

    Springs Global Senior Vice President of Human Resources Roland Myers said Monday that the reason is the massive reduction of the company's manufacturing operations in the United States. With virtually no domestic manufacturing, there aren't enough products to ship to the store.

  • Mulvaney appointed to committee of Southern Legislative Conference

    State Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-District 45, has been appointed by S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell to serve on the Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference.

    The conference is an Atlanta-based association of state legislators charged with formulating new policy ideas to advance educational performance throughout the Southeast.

  • Local group plans to keep raising funds, awareness of rare disorder

    After a successful initial fundraiser earlier this year, the local residents working to increase awareness and funds to research Kleine-Levin Syndrome are gearing up for another drive.

    KLS is a mysterious and rare sleeping disorder. Those afflicted may sleep 20 hours a day. There's no known cause or therapy. It tends to first strike in the preteen years, more often in boys than in girls, and tends to go away in the late 20s. The disorder is poorly understood and often misdiagnosed.

  • Heath Springs council dashes man's hopes to put double-wide on land

    HEATH SPRINGS – Howard Martin Jr. was surprised by a decision made by Heath Springs Town Council on Tuesday.

    Martin had been hoping to upgrade to a double-wide mobile home unit and place it on a more level part of seven acres he owns near the Hart Street Extension.

    "That's all I wanted to do (was make some upgrades)," Martin said.

    But to place the unit where he wanted to, Martin would need to get that part of the property rezoned from R-15 to R-30, a Heath Springs town classification that would allow for a single- or double-wide manufactured home.

  • Accomplished fashion designer to show at Celebration of Art

    Luis Machicao says he's grateful for every opportunity he gets to show his latest fashion designs and is even more thrilled that an upcoming event will benefit a good cause.

    Machicao, a fashion designer from Peru, is one of several artists who will take part in the third-annual World AIDS Day: Celebration of Art, which will be held Saturday at Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio on Gay Street.