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  • Ronnie Cairnes loved horses and his two granddaughters

    Ronnie Cairnes' life ended Wednesday morning while buying feed for his horses.

    He enjoyed horses a lot. He had seven of them.

    "He loved horses and he liked young'uns to death," said his brother, David Cairnes.

    Cairnes grew up on Hoke Road, not far from his business, Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop.

    He lived in Fort Lawn with his common law wife, Joyce Sumner, David Cairnes said.

    Cairnes, who was 55, owned the tackle shop for about five years. Sumner helped manage the store.

  • Man, 68, faces sex charges

    A Kershaw man remains behind bars after deputies say he performed sex acts on four minors and provided them with alcohol, cigarettes and pornography.

    Hazel Hilton, 68, of 6395 N. Matson St., was charged June 24 with four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and supplying minors with tobacco or cigarettes.

    Two of the teens are 16, one is 17 and the other is 18.

  • State awards Kershaw $100,000 to help build new town hall

    KERSHAW – The town of Kershaw is a little closer to a new town hall.

    The S.C. Budget and Control Board awarded the town a $100,000 competitive grant to build a new, 6,000-square-foot town hall on June 27. The new town hall is expected to cost about $700,000. It's expected to be paid for with the grant, a loan and the town's $1 million-plus in savings.

    "We're real pleased," said Town Administrator Tony Starnes.

  • County Council considers $200,000 for IL library

    Lancaster County Library Director Richard Band told County Council on Monday night that he was thankful the Del Webb Library at Indian Land was being considered for funding in an upcoming bond referendum.

    The library, which has been funded mostly by Pulte Homes' Del Webb, the developer of Sun City Carolina Lakes, and business and individual donations, needs another $200,000 to have a decent book collection on opening day. The library is slated to open at the end of the year or January 2009.

  • Unrelated cases keep investigators busy

    Lancaster County authorities were busy Wednesday, investigating two unrelated cases. They began the day with the discovery of the remains of Ada Judith Torruco, 33, who had been reported missing in June, and a short time later, responded to a fatal shooting at Cedar Creek Bait and Tackle Shop.

    Here is a timeline of how those cases unfolded:

  • Two charged in woman's death

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office was investigating another death before responding the shooting at Cedar Creek Tackle.

    Sheriff's office spokesman Tom Holland said his agency received information from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Tuesday about Charlotte resident Ada Judith Torruco, 33, who had been reported missing June 10 by her family.

    Charlotte authorities said it was possible that Torruco had been killed and her body dumped in remote Lancaster County on the dirt portion of Mount Carmel Road.

  • Blackmon-Brace to run for City Council again

    Former city councilwoman and mayoral candidate Linda Blackmon-Brace announced Thursday that she'll be running for Lancaster City Council again – this time for District 3.

    Blackmon-Brace, who represented District 2 from 2002-06, said she has the passion for the job and city residents want her back on City Council.

    "There's not a day that goes by that I don't hear from people about how much they miss me," she said. "They say, 'Please tell me you'll come back.'"

    Blackmon-Brace said she has a love for elected service.

  • Breaking News Sheriff's office investigating shooting death

    Someone is firing shots from a home near Cedar Creek Tackle that sheriff's deputies have surrounded, a sheriff's office spokesman said.About 11:45 a.m. three shots were reportedly fired through the back window of a home in the area Lancaster County Sheriff's Office deputies were searching after a shooting at Cedar Creek Tackle, according to police radio and Lancaster News reporter Jesef Williams, who is at the scene.The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is investigating at shooting death at Cedar Creek Tackle on Cedar Creek Road (S.C.

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  • Kanawha Insurance celebrates milestone

    Kanawha Insurance Co. recently celebrated a milestone – 50 years in business.

    Col. Elliott White Springs, chairman of what is now Springs Global, founded Kanawha Insurance Co. in 1958 to help Springs' employees provide more financial security to their families. He encouraged employees to participate and most did.