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Today's News

  • Kershaw Citizen of the Year a ‘doer’

    KERSHAW – The Kershaw Chamber of Commerce named Alan Sims as the town’s Citizen of the Year at its annual banquet April 9 at the country club.
    Sims, a social studies teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School who also writes part time for the Kershaw News Era, is heavily involved in the community. His wife, Christina, is a teacher at North Central High School. They have a son, Sailor, 3.

  • Planning commission says no to IL subdivision

    The preliminary subdivision plat for the proposed Patterson Preserve along Harrisburg and Barberville roads in Indian Land did not receive approval Tuesday from the Lancaster County Planning Commission.
    The proposed development would turn more than 100 acres of open and wooded land, with several streams and wetlands, into 181 single-family home lots.

  • County hires new planning director

    Lancaster County’s new planning director reported to his first day of work on Monday.
    Rox Burhans comes from Indian Trail, N.C., where he has served as planning director since November 2011. He said with the help of a strong and talented team in Indian Trail, he managed major rewrites of the town’s comprehensive plan and unified development ordinance, which developed better tools to respond to the high level of growth in the area.

  • Double blazes keep firefighters busy

    County firefighters were slammed with back-to-back fires Wednesday night, with one of the homes a total loss.
    The first fire happened a few minutes before 8 p.m. at a home on Sunnybrook Lane. With just a small grease fire in the kitchen, the damage was contained to just the one room, Lancaster County Fire Marshal Russell Rogers said.
    While cleaning up from the first blaze, Camp Creek, Antioch and Shiloh-Zion volunteer firefighters were called out to another fire just three miles away.

  • Multiple charges leveled after scuffle ends in gunfire

    Eight people were arrested following a shooting at a John Street home last week, where multiple drugs were found by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
    Dustin Eric Cauthen, 29, of Kershaw, and Tyler Lee Smith, 22, of Lancaster are both charged with three counts of attempted murder in the shooting, although no one appears to have been injured in the incident.

  • County risk management program wins state awards

    The S.C. Counties Workers Compensation Trust has recognized Lancaster County’s risk management program for keeping employees safe and impacting accident insurance rates.
    The county received awards for outstanding achievement, sustained excellence, reporting lag time and the state’s service award, which recognized county risk manager Ryan Whitaker for his overall job performance. 

  • Lupanu String Quartet returning to Lancaster

    A universal rule of thumb for event organizers is, “a hit performance calls for a repeat.” Such is the case with the Spring Vivian Major Robinson Classical Music Concert coming up April 28. 
    Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Calin Lupanu will again lead his string quartet of symphony members in what is anticipated to be another memorable performance, featuring selections by Mendelssohn and Beethoven. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center, 307 W. Gay St., in historic downtown Lancaster.

  • Batter up!

    Last week at the Springdale Recreation Complex, a 9-year-old baseball player stepped up to the plate and smacked the ball.
    He dashed toward first base, grasping the hand of his running partner.
    As Landon Bryson’s foot hit the bag, the crowd of onlookers went crazy. His teammates and coaches jumped and cheered.
    “I made base!” he yelled. “I’ve never made base before!”
    Landon, a third-grader at Buford Elementary School, has been blind from birth.

  • Gold mine hopes for expansion

    KERSHAW – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting this week for the possible expansion of Haile Gold Mine.
    The meeting is 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Andrew Jackson High School, 6925 Kershaw Camden Highway.
    The meeting includes an open house from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by a two-hour meeting to solicit public feedback.
    The 5,700-acre mine, which is off S.C. 601 in eastern Lancaster County, is owned by OceanaGold.

  • County considers selling strip of property to Sims Foundation

    There’s a long, narrow strip of grass between the county’s emergency operations center on North White Street and the soon-to-be new home of the J. Marion Sims Foundation.
    The foundation wants to buy the property for parking lot expansion and has offered the county $7,500 for it.
    County leaders are apprehensive about selling it, since the EOC could need more space in the future.