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  • 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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  • Stolen mower dampens soldier's return from Afghanistan

    Everything was set and ready to go Wednesday for the return of Angie Greer’s husband from his tour of duty in Afghanistan.She had decorated the front door of their J.B. Denton Road home with a welcome back banner and tied colorful balloons on the mailbox.

  • County council to hear second reading of $30.2 million budget

    Lancaster County Council will consider second reading of the county’s 2008-2009 budget at Monday night's meeting.The new budget is $30.2 million, up 5 percent from last year and in its current form, includes no tax increase.Council voted 5-2 on first reading of the budget May 5, with Councilmen Fred Thomas and Kersey voting against it.County Administrator Steve Willis recommended the addition of six new employees to staff the new Indian Land library at a cost of $233,000, another $200,000 to staff new recreation centers at Edenmoor and Buford, and