South Carolina Town Sitting on Gold Mine

Originally published in The Daily:

KERSHAW, S.C. — Let the gold rush begin at what will soon be the only active gold mine east of the Mississippi River.

A Canadian company has just announced plans to reopen a historic mine in this small Southern town with a depressed economy and double-digit inflation. It believes there may be billions of dollars of gold still left at the site.

“We want to take this opportunity,” Kershaw resident Sonya Poole said, “and grab it.”

And if the Canadians find that the gold veins lead under the nearby state prison, she said, “I’ll help them tunnel right underneath it.”