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  • For one day only, Murphy’s Express lowers and lowers its price

    Saturday afternoon on the S.C. 9 Bypass looked somewhat like a hurricane evacuation.

    Vehicles came to a dead stop as motorists waited in long lines to take advantage of a rare sale – gas for under $1.

    Murphy’s Express, a new gas station and convenience store next to Zaxby’s, held its grand opening Saturday, though the store opened last month.

    To celebrate the grand opening, at 11 a.m., it started selling regular gas at $1.49 a gallon.

    But to the surprise and benefit of many, that price fell throughout the day.

  • Student expresses herself with Bohemian flair

    On a trip to Key West several years ago, Morgan Overcash had an artistic epiphany.

    Overcash, 20, was gazing at storefronts while on vacation with her family in 2006 when a few pieces of furniture caught her eye. She stopped to examine a cluster of elaborately painted Adirondack patio chairs, called Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville chairs. A budding artist, Overcash was fascinated with the designs painted on the furniture and knew immediately she wanted to do something similar. That’s when her business, Bohemian Lily Designs, was born.

  • Economic advisor: Next six to nine months will be tough

    A state economic advisor painted a gloomy forecast for Lancaster Rotary Club members at their weekly lunch meeting last week.

    John S. Rainey, chairman of the board of economic advisors for South Carolina, spoke to club members Thursday. Rainey’s board advises the state Budget and Control Board on economic trends and revenue expectations.

  • Urgent care center now open here

    INDIAN LAND – Edgewater Medical Center, the first urgent care facility in Indian Land, has opened in 160 Plaza, with a larger branch set to open this summer.

    The practice serves all ages and offers urgent care, family medicine, internal medicine and occupational medicine.

    The partner physicians, Drs. Shashank Mishra, Amir Ansari, Brian Walker and Carla Simon, all share the goal to see as many patients as they can. The four board-certified doctors say they are excited to serve the Indian Land community.

  • Grant may save foreclosed homes

    A new foreclosures grant is poised to help the Lancaster County housing market.

    As part of an initiative called the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Lancaster County may soon receive enough money to redevelop several foreclosed homes in the area.

    Developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the S.C. State Housing Finance and Development Authority, the program works to acquire and redevelop foreclosed homes so they don’t become a detriment to their surrounding neighborhoods and communities.

  • BB&T opens in Carolina Commons

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land residents have a new place to manage their money since BB&T opened its newest branch at Carolina Commons on Dec. 15.

    The bank offers a wide range of products and services for individuals and businesses at its new location, one of 1,400 sites in 11 states.

    Despite its large size, BB&T operates as community banks through its structure of more than 30 individual regions to respond to the different economic needs of their clients.

  • Evans Formal Wear to close

    Evans Formal Wear will be closing its doors after 40 years of business.

    The business, which has offered tuxedos, suits and accessories to use at proms, weddings and funerals, will officially close on Dec. 31. The business will participate in its last wedding on Jan. 3.  

    Owner Mike McBrayer managed the business for more than seven years after taking over for original owners Jimmy and Peggy Evans.

    Unlike other businesses that have closed throughout the area, McBrayer said his decision is not based on the declining economy.

  • Estrada reopens center

    A local hang-out for area teens and college students is open again.

    Owner Sal Estrada said his business, Estrada Extreme Sports, at 106 Elm St., had become time-consuming, which is why he initially shut the doors.

    He was finding it hard splitting his time between his job as an assistant vice president at Founders Federal Credit Union, coaching the women’s soccer team at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and spending time with his four children.

  • Renovating on a budget

    ChristopherSardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    With many companies either downsizing or losing customers this fall, one business is giving a slow economy the brush off.

    Home interior painting company Fresh Coat, based out of Ohio with a franchise in Lancaster, has seen its numbers remain fairly steady, with only a slight drop-off throughout the recent economic downturn.