Today's News

  • AJ band earned its way

    The Andrew Jackson High School Volunteer Regiment is going to be in some “high cotton” come July Fourth.
    The school’s award-winning band will be among the nation’s elite when it goes to Washington, D.C., for the annual National Independence Day Parade.
    The AJ band earned its trip to the nation’s capital after its division-winning performance in the Hartsville High Tournament of Bands last fall.

  • Government trust was broken with IRS scandal

    I’m not much into Washington scandals. Generally, I think they tend to distract us from the fundamental problems that we face as a nation.
    Sometimes it seems that our nation’s capital would much prefer to focus more on some general’s girlfriend than it would on things like balancing the budget. I’ve also learned that something that might be a front-page scandal to one party when it is in the minority is easily ignored by that same party once it wins a few elections.

  • Deputies receive awards at recent TPC matches

    On June 22, two Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies traveled to Fairfax, Va., at their own expense, to represent the sheriff’s office in a police shooting competition featuring about 120 law enforcement officers from around the country.

  • Bless Pete, Myrtle Beach sure has changed

    In my mind, I could already hear the waves and feel the breeze.
    Despite gasoline rationing, no new tires in sight, and a shortage of hot dogs and hamburgers on Meatless Tuesday, we still traveled down to Myrtle Beach.

    I was excited on the ride down and Mama was tryin’ her best to temper my mood.

    “Son, things are going to be different down there this time,” she said. “With the war, there will be beach patrols watching for Nazi submarines instead of swimmers who go out too far.”

  • Presidents, math and much more

    HEATH SPRINGS – A few teenagers found an interesting way to memorize the presidents of the United States – a task many adults struggle with.

    Sure, we know George Washington was the first commander-in-chief. And Barack Obama and George W. Bush are the two most recent.

    But who was the 11th president? What about the 27th?

    While you may hesitate with a response, those teens were spatting out the names as part of a Bingo-themed game.

  • Independence celebrations galore

    On July 3, 1776, John Adams sat down at his desk, took up his quill and dashed off a letter to his wife Abigail.

    In it, Adams praised a resolution approved by the Continental Congress on July 2 declaring the American colonies independent from Great Britain.

    “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival,” Adams wrote of the day before. “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.

  • Lightning strike damages Kershaw Town Hall

    KERSHAW – There was quite a ruckus at Kershaw Town Hall recently, and it had nothing to do with a heated debate between council members.

    Lightning apparently struck the Hampton Street building between 5:30 and 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, during a heavy storm.
    Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes said one person was inside Town Hall at the time – a Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy who covers the town and has office space inside the building.

    “It scared him to death,” the mayor said.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Gold mine issued schedule for final permitting

    There’s now a more defined timeline for when gold mine construction could begin in Kershaw.

    Last week, Romarco Minerals Inc. issued a media release to inform the public that the U.S. Corps of Engineers has posted a schedule for completion of its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Romarco Minerals is the parent company of Haile Gold Mine Inc.

    That EIS is for a federal wetlands permit to give Romarco the go-ahead to begin mine construction. The company has occupied the historic site since 2007. It’s located a few miles east of the town of Kershaw.

  • A 'bear in the air'

    Gregory A. Summers
    KERSHAW – How does a bear hide from the paparazzi?

    In downtown Kershaw, he climbs a tree in a yard on Ashe Street.

    That’s what happened about 8 a.m. Friday, June 28, when curious bystanders spied the startled animal and started snapping photos.

    The bear didn’t stay on his lofty perch very long, said Brett Witt, spokesman for S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

  • Gaming machines found in stores

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, along with State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Gaming Task Force agents, seized 22 illegal gaming devices, as well as computer servers, monitors, computer equipment and components from an Internet cafe (sweepstakes) operation that were being stored in an closed-down convenience store on Friday, June 28.

    “I haven’t seen this many poker machines at one time in one place since they were running wide open,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.