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McMaster targets opioid-abuse education

By Mark Manicone

Gov. Henry McMaster this week launched a campaign to educate the public about the state’s opioid epidemic.
The campaign will use television and web-based advertisements in hopes of mitigating a crisis that McMaster has called the “silent hurricane.”
The announcement comes about a month after the governor declared a state health emergency over opioids, following a similar national declaration by President Trump.


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Zoning change lets company raise height of planned apartments

Black Horse Run clashes with Red Ventures

By Reece Murphy

A planned apartment complex at Red Ventures’ Indian Land campus was allowed to move forward and raise the height of its buildings last week, despite objections from neighbors at Black Horse Run.
The project, approved along with the Red Ventures master plan, includes four apartment buildings with a total of 260 units and a road connecting the campus with the RedStone shopping center, in which the company is a partner.


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New owner: I may have grossly underestimated cleanup costs

Pressley’s Recycling tax-sale finalized

By Reece Murphy

The notorious Pressley’s Recycling Center property in Indian Land has a new owner following the completion of a yearlong tax-sale grace period that ended last month.
According to Lancaster County property records, the sale to retired Chester businessman Bill Mullis during a tax sale in Lancaster last year was finalized Dec. 15.
The sole bidder, Mullis paid $88,000 for the property during the auction, an amount that covered $87,776 in outstanding taxes owed by Ron Olsen of Charlotte and his company Crisis Hill Inc., the recycling center’s parent company.


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Lancaster County’s job-starved south end licking its chops

$27M industrial prospect for Kershaw?

By Greg Summers

KERSHAW – Huge smiles are breaking out in the southern end of the county, as officials anticipate a $27 million economic infusion aimed at the new Kershaw Commerce Park.
Officials are staying tight-lipped about the particulars until the official announcement from the industrial prospect, but they can barely conceal their glee.
“There’s a lot of stuff going on in this little town,” said Kershaw Mayor Mark Dorman. “I can’t say what it is at this point, but I can tell you right now that everything is a go.”


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No dead body downtown – it’s just “Dr. Oz”

Don’t be alarmed!

By Kayla Vaughn

Lancaster social media started popping just after 9 a.m.  Friday.
A dead-serious crowd of officials were gathered in a field beside the coroner’s office. Coroner Karla Deese walked around a motionless male figure on the ground, taking notes.
Soon investigators were loading a body bag onto a stretcher for transport. TV cameras strained to get the best angle. Cars were pulling off the road to see who had died.


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Indian Land to host its own Relay for Life on March 24

Take a walk for a good cause

Crystal O’Gorman
For The Lancaster News

Lauren Thomas has seen this day coming for a long time. In her mind, she knew it would happen, but she just didn’t know when. Now she is overcome with joy.
“It’s so incredibly exciting; it’s like a dream come true!” Thomas said.
What’s so exciting?
Indian Land is finally going to host its own Relay For Life. The event will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 24 at the Indian Land High School football field.


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Israel visits awaken faith

Crystal O’Gorman
For The Lancaster News

Indian Land High School driver’s education teacher Rick Furr spent last summer exploring his faith in Israel.
“It always feels like I’m going back home,” said Furr, who made his fourth trip there in 2017.


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Rick Wade keynote speaker at MLK scholarship event

By Mark Manicone

The big parade isn’t the only thing happening this holiday weekend.
The 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Scholarship Breakfast will be held 8 a.m. Monday at the Covenant Baptist Church Family Life Center, 165 Craig Manor Road in Lancaster.
This year’s theme is “overcoming the scars.” Lancaster native Rick Wade, a former U.S. Commerce Department official and a senior adviser in both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, is the keynote speaker.


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City’s biggest MLK parade this Saturday

By Mark Manicone

The city of Lancaster is hosting its largest-ever Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade this Saturday.
“It’s the largest and longest parade we’ve thrown from the past five years,” said Joe Timmons, the city’s events and promotions manager.
There will be about 90 floats in the parade, with 76 companies, organizations and charities sponsoring entries.
“It’s a sign that we’re growing, and that’s great,” Timmons said.


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Hospital places limits on visits because of flu

By Mark Manicone

Springs Memorial Hospital on Thursday initiated flu-season limitations on its visitation policy because of the high number of flu cases in the area.
Since the beginning of October, there have been 12 flu admissions to the hospital. On average these patients stayed about two or three days.
“Usually patients go home to recover after seeing their doctor, but these cases are so bad that these patients required admission to the hospital,” said Ashley Shannon, director of community relations for Springs Memorial.


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