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  • Heath Springs Industrial Park nears completion

    HEATH SPRINGS – The Heath Springs Industrial Park, for all its delays and headaches over four years, is probably about two months from completion.

    In a recent meeting between the various players involved, Kim Lineberger of contractor LCI-Lineberger indicated that sewer line work is almost done, which was the first part of the project's second phase.

    "Everything is moving along just as we expected," Lineberger said Tuesday.

  • USCL's Hubbard Hall to get $1M in upgrades next year

    While one building on the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus is scheduled to receive renovations next year, it could be longer before another gets the improvements it needs. Hubbard Hall, which opened in 1965, will receive new lighting and a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system next summer. The system has been in place ever since the 38,192 square foot building opened, USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano said. The new HVAC system will cost $1 million, Catalano said.

  • Kiwanis Club recognizes students with new elementary school program

    Kindergartner Grady Birchfield left school Tuesday afternoon carrying a huge grin, knowing he’d just made his mother proud. Wynette Birchfield’s own smile said it all.

    Grady and 31 other Brooklyn Springs Elementary School students were recognized Tuesday as Terrific Kids.

  • 12-year-old dies in bicycle accident

    A 12-year-old Heath Springs boy died Friday after he was hit by an SUV while riding his bicycle.

    James Monroe Steele, who lived on Baskins Hill Road, was struck by a 2004 GMC Envoy that was traveling north on Rocky River Road, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Steele pulled out from Baskins Hill Road into the path of the SUV, which was driven by James Blackmon, 67, of Liberty Hill.

  • Meeting will address church security issues

    Authorities are planning a meeting that they hope will reduce the number of church burglaries in the area.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster Police Department have invited pastors and county church leaders to an information session on church security at 7 p.m. Thursday in Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

  • 'Miracles!" play returns to stage at Lancaster High

    A stage play that was well-received in Kershaw earlier this year is back for a second running in Lancaster County.

    “Miracles!” is a comedy-drama that centers on issues dealing with HIV/AIDS, and how a person leans toward family support and faith for strength. Showtime is 7 p.m. Saturday at Lancaster High School.

    The original play is written by Shelia Burris-Buchanan of Rock Hill. Cast members are from Lancaster, Rock Hill and Charlotte.

  • Study shows tasers generally safe in police hands

    An independent study on the safety of using taser guns in law enforcement shows that the electric weapon appears generally safe when used correctly.

    The final report, one of the first of its kind, was released last week.

    The inherent safeness of the taser - which has in rare cases resulted in death or serious injury to suspects in recent years - was studied by emergency room specialist Dr. William Bozeman and his colleagues at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, N.C., this year.

  • Kershaw celebrates Hog Jam 2007

    Shannon Bowers of Heath Springs had about five different cups of barbecue on her plate Saturday and was trying to pick which was the best.

    She had a tough time deciding.

    “It's all really good,” Bowers said.

    Barbecue was plentiful this weekend for the second annual Kershaw Hog Jam, which kicked off Friday and lasted into late Saturday.

  • Fight against underage drinking gets boost

    The state of South Carolina did more than pass new laws to hopefully curb underage drinking and punish adults who provide minors with alcohol.

    It is also providing local money to make sure these regulations are enforced.

  • Kershaw teen battles cancer

    KERSHAW - One Lancaster County girl is hoping to reclaim life’s finer things after the onset of leukemia this summer.Michaela DeBruhl, 13, is relying on her chemotherapy, family, friends and God to get her through the battle so she can return to Andrew Jackson Middle School and her favorite activities, like tending to animals, playing softball and hiking.

    “And I really miss my friends,” said Michaela, who is now being home schooled.Luckily, her outlook is good.