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  • No summer camp at Treetops in '08

    VAN WYCK – The woods at Camp TreeTops will remain quiet this summer.

    The 624-acre Van Wyck camp, which serves children through The Family Center in Charlotte, served 458 children at summer camps last year, said camp executive director Kristy Davis. Due to some strategic changes and funding issues, Davis said, the camps will not be offered this summer.

    "There's not a nonprofit in the world right now that's not struggling," Davis said. "We're taking the summer off. Hang in there with us. We're not going anywhere."

  • Expect more troopers on roads this holiday weekend

    You may be enjoying a long weekend for Memorial Day, but the S.C. Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will have extra officers on the roads.

    The Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial start of the summer vacation season.

    It also kicks off what the Highway Patrol calls the 100 Deadly Days of Summer, as traffic deaths often go up during the summer, with more people traveling to vacation destinations between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

  • County rolls forward on Continental incentives

    To the disappointment of several former Continental Tire employees, a developer that will house the tire company's new headquarters in Indian Land is one step closer to receiving major incentives.

    County Council unanimously passed second reading Monday to approve a fee-in-lieu of taxes agreement with MacMillan Investments, which is leasing its building on S.C. 160 to Continental Tire.

    Continental Tire will move 300 employees from its Charlotte headquarters to the 75,000-square foot building in McMillan Business Park in Indian Land.

  • Senior Helpers opens

    INDIAN LAND Opening Senior Helpers is Seth Zamek's way of giving back, he said.

    When his mother-in-law suffered a broken hip after a fall, the family needed a professional caregiver, Zamek said.

    The experience left such an impression on Zamek and his wife, Jennie, that they decided to open their own Senior Helpers caregiving franchise after Jennie's mother died.

    Senior Helpers offers companion and personal in-home health-care services, primarily for the elderly, that range from one-hour to 24-hour care, Zamek said.

  • Springs Memorial lays off 43

    The local hospital is feeling the pinch of a slow local economy.

    Springs Memorial Hospital laid off 43 employees across a number of departments Monday. Sixteen positions are eliminated through attrition, meaning the posts are not being filled after they are vacated.

    The reduction in staff won't impact patient care, a news release from the hospital said.

  • No more patching of city lot

    For those who might be wondering, the mess at the Lancaster Fire Department is a sign of progress being made, not mayhem.

    The Lancaster Fire Department's station on Arch Street may appear dysfunctional, with only dirt and scaffolding in place of where pavement once was for trucks to drive over when headed to a call.

    But the current look is part of a $150,000 project that calls for a new parking lot and retaining wall that the city of Lancaster allocated in its 2007-08 budget.

    It's long overdue, said Lancaster Fire Chief Chris Nunnery.

  • 'Cancer thing' inspires AJ student to pursue medical career

    KERSHAW - Surviving brain cancer can bring not only a big sense of relief, but it can also inspire one to pursue a higher calling.

    For Riketa Williams, 17, a senior at Andrew Jackson High School, that has certainly been the case.

    Williams will graduate with a nearly 4.0 grade point average from the school and will attend Converse College in the fall to major in biochemistry. She wants to eventually become an obstetrician/gynecologist.

  • Air show delights crowds with tricks, vintage aircraft

    The 2008 Palmetto Thunder Air Show at McWhirter Airfield at the Lancaster County Airport on Saturday and Sunday featured gravity-defying feats of aviation.

    It was one trick after another and the pilots made these thrilling displays look like a cakewalk.

    The aerobatics of the Red Eagle team was a coordinated series of timed "near misses" and other crazy upside-down stunts.

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  • Fire destroys Kershaw business

    KERSHAW – A fire destroyed Brenda Kay's Catering Cafe on Main Street in Kershaw on Tuesday.

    The fire was reported about 9 p.m.

    Firefighters from Kershaw, Heath Springs, Flat Creek, Pleasant Hill, Rich Hill, the city of Lancaster, as well as Buffalo, Mount Pisgah and West Mill in Kershaw County, responded to the scene.

    The city of Lancaster's ladder truck played a central role in fighting the fire. Tanker trucks formed a water bergaide with the ladder truck.

    A crowd formed to watch as firefighters fought the fire in the downtown area.

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