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  • Truck-driving trainer hopes to bring jobs

    VAN WYCK – It’s taken him more than 20 years, but Steven Muratore is ready to make his and several aspiring truck drivers’ dreams come true.

    Muratore opened the KDS Commercial Driver Training Institute in Van Wyck on June 25 with the hope that he could help reduce the county’s high unemployment numbers.

    Through extensive classroom and on-the-road training, Muratore said students will be able to earn their Commercial Drivers License, Class A, allowing them to drive tractor-trailer trucks.

  • Haile Gold Mine celebrates its five-year safety record

    KERSHAW – Haile Gold Mine employees, county officials and media representatives entered an air-conditioned tent at the mine on June 29, not knowing why they had been called there.

    Diane Garrett, chief executive officer of Romarco Minerals, which owns about 4,000 acres of land at the mine, soon made an announcement to the curious crowd.

    The company was celebrating five years with no reportable injuries, Garrett said. She thanked the employees for helping achieve the safety record.

  • IL Walmart to open Aug. 18

    INDIAN LAND – A prototype Walmart store is almost ready to open in Indian Land.

    Shoppers are getting ready for the new store, located off U.S. 521 just before the state line, to open its doors on Aug. 18. Store manager John Clevenger said Walmart will begin moving into the 180,000-square-foot building on July 12, stocking shelves and readying for the grand opening.

    This will be one of Walmart’s new prototype stores, which will feature a new logo, a more natural outdoor color and a revamped in-store design.

  • Couple come out of retirement to start new business in IL

    INDIAN LAND – Frank and Judy Taillon retired just a few years ago to their dream home at Clearwater Beach,  Fla., to start a new life of leisure. But what seemed to be a dream come true soon developed into a change of plans.

    It started with a move to Indian Land to be closer to their best friends – Judy’s sister, Felicia, and her husband, Dana – and their new dream of starting a business together.

  • Silly Bandz are all the rage

    Breaking open the small plastic package, Kirsten Blackmon grabs the rubber bracelets inside and clips them to her belt.

    Blackmon, 11, has been on the hunt for the bracelets for months, checking out jewelry and specialty stores along with her 7-year-old sisters Alexa and Alysa. The fifth-grader found her latest additions at Maple Street Monograms in Lancaster, adding to her collection of more than 40 bracelets.

  • Shehane does “Sunday Bluegrass” on WAGL

    Because of the economy, now might not be the best time to start a new business venture, but that isn’t stopping Tony Shehane.

    Shehane has started an one-hour radio show, “Sunday Bluegrass” from 4 to 5 p.m. on WAGL (1560-AM). And Shehane, 69, isn’t intimidated by a risk of failure.

    “I figured Columbus took a chance on something, so why can’t I?” Shehane said. “It’s really no different. You don’t know if you can succeed if you don’t try.”

  • Time for you to vote in Best of the Best contest

    Fewer categories and a new logo are changes in The Lancaster News’ popular Best of the Best contest this year.

    The contest, in its 11th year, gives readers a chance to vote for their favorite local businesses and service providers.

    A new logo has been created for the contest, and the advertising department has slashed the number of categories by about half, said Katie Harrell, coordinator for the contest.

    “Some of them were repetitive, like medical specialist and medical facility, which we condensed into medical specialist,” Harrell said.

  • ALDI set to open in January

    Construction continues on Lancaster County’s first ALDI grocery store, which is set to open shortly after the new year.

    In late 2008, news began to spread that the grocery chain was looking to locate in Lancaster. Since that time, site work at Old Charlotte Road and North Park Drive has begun and a structure has been erected – all in preparation for the Jan. 15 open date.

    Crews are on the scene daily landscaping the property and building at the store.

  • Rebate program begins March 31

    Area appliance retailers and contractors hope to see a surge in their businesses beginning March 31.

    That’s when consumers will be able to take part in a new state appliance rebate program.

    Through the program, residents who buy new Energy Star-certified refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters, air conditioners and other appliances will be eligible for a $50 to $500 rebate.

    Energy Star is a federal certification program requiring energy-efficient appliances, which often save between 10 and 50 percent more water and electricity than standard appliances.

  • Conditions right to buy homes

    With the availability of low interest rates and federal tax credits, now is the time to buy a new home.

    That was the advice from Pat Riley, president and COO of Allen Tate Co., who spoke to about 100 people at the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce membership luncheon March 23 at the Lancaster Golf Club.

    Riley discussed national, regional and local housing market trends, as well as the future outlook for Lancaster and surrounding counties.