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  • Tractor Supply opens here

    Rickey Lackey is thrilled to have a local one-stop shop to take care of his farming and supplies needs.

    The Lancaster County resident said he’s often had to shop online or go out of town to get what he wanted – whether it was tools for a building project or feed for livestock.

    Well, one company has now made things a lot easier for him.

  • Filling the treasure chest

    Students with the SWEET PEAS mentoring program recently undertook an initiative that aimed to bring joy to local hospitalized children.

    SWEET PEAS, which consists of area seventh-grade girls, applied for and received a grant from Young People in Charge to buy toys for children admitted to Springs Memorial Hospital.

    Young People in Charge and SWEET PEAS are both part of the Children’s Council, a non-profit organization that provides various programs and services for Lancaster County youth.

    About 20 girls participate in SWEET PEAS.

  • Koss Motorsports to bring car show to July 4 market

    The third Lancaster Street Market of 2009 is slated for July 4 and will include a special attraction.

    Steve Koss of Koss Motorsports will be sponsoring his highly popular car show for visitors to enjoy.

    “We are so excited to have Steve involved again with his great car show. His group joined us for the December street market and they were very popular,” said Carrie Miller, event coordinator for See Lancaster. “We feel this will be well received again during the holiday weekend.”

  • Tractor Supply opening soon

    Lancaster will soon be getting “the stuff it needs out here.”

    Tractor Supply Co., the largest retail farm and ranch supply store chain in the country, is opening its 19th South Carolina store in Lancaster. The chain is known for its slogan, “The stuff you need out here.”

    Work began on the former Sweet Union Furniture store building next to Bi-Lo at 593 S.C. 9 Bypass East on April 20, though signs announcing the chain was moving in have been up for months around the store.

  • Lowe's opens IL store

    INDIAN LAND – After months of construction, the new Lowe’s in Indian Land opened for business last week.

    Located at U.S. 521 and S.C. 160, the store held a “soft” opening May 20, when customers were allowed to shop for the first time.

    The store will celebrate its formal grand opening Thursday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., followed by an open house.

    Rick Nichols, a manager at the store, said the soft opening attracted some customers who were intrigued by the new store.

  • Advertising staff wins 19 SCPA awards

    Advertising representatives at The Lancaster News brought home a slew of awards from the recent S.C. Press Association’s annual Palmy Awards.

    The awards ceremony was held May 15 at the Sheraton Hotel in Columbia. The Lancaster News won 19 awards, plus the prestigious Paul League Award for Best Overall Advertising in the weekly division. The Lancaster News competes in the 12,001 to 35,000 weekly circulation division.

  • Featured in Southern Living

    The sparks fly at Bob Doster’s metal-working shop in East Gay Street as a computerized torch cuts out the shape of a stainless-steel angel oak tree.

    Doster, 60, sketches out a design, then uses the torch to cut out the shape. The piece is then shined up and welded onto a base.

    That’s the process for the smaller pieces, such as the palmetto trees, Rocky Shoals spider lilies, angel oaks and various Christmas ornaments that Doster is known for.

  • Homecare/Hospice of Lancaster - same services but different structure

    Homecare of Lancaster and Hospice of Lancaster have undergone restructuring at the corporate level, but still provide the same quality service the community has come to expect, say staff members.

    For more than 25 years, Homecare and Hospice had been part of Springs Memorial Hospital, owned by Community Health Systems, based in Tennessee.

    But recently Community Health Systems reorganized and made its homecare and hospice entities free-standing organizations, said Stephanie Gardner, director at Homecare/Hospice of Lancaster.

    The change took effect Jan. 1.

  • CMC-Carolina Lakes Medical Plaza to open

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land residents should have a plethora of options for their medical needs when a new medical center opens next month.

    The CMC-Carolina Lakes Medical Plaza is set to open May 5 at 7666 Charlotte Highway. It’s located a few miles south of Sun City Carolina Lakes and Carolina Commons Shopping Center.

    Kevin McCarthy, spokesman for Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, said the practices that will operate in the building include Barnett Family Practice, the Sanger Clinic/Charlotte Cardiology Associates and Mecklenburg Medical Group.

  • Two large home builders merge

    BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., and DALLAS – Pulte Homes and Centex Corp. announced last week a merger agreement under which Pulte and Centex will combine in a stock-for-stock transaction valued at $3.1 billion, including $1.8 billion of net debt.

    In 2008, Pulte and Centex delivered more than 39,000 closings with combined revenues of $11.6 billion. The combined company will have the strongest liquidity position among its peer group with more than $3.4 billion of cash as of March 31, 2009, a news release said.