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  • Video Exclusive: Take a virutal tour - IL surgery center ready to open

    INDIAN LAND - Some of the high-tech equipment is still in giant pieces of plastic and bubble wrap, but it won't be long before it's being used during surgery at Indian Land's newest medical facility.

    Employees were slated to start moving more equipment into Springs Memorial Hospital's The Surgery Center at Edgewater last week, said the center's administrator, Rob Bashore.

    It will likely be at least another three weeks before the first surgery is done, as the last few permits are obtained and approved.

  • Teen dies in wreck

    INDIAN LAND - The Indian Land High School family is mourning the death of one of their own.

    Derek Hammaker, a senior at the school, died Sunday night in a two-vehicle accident in York County.

    Hammaker, 18, was driving east on S.C. 160 in a 1994 Honda sedan when he collided head-on about 10:45 p.m. with a 2007 Toyota Tacoma, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Hammaker was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where he died from injuries he suffered in the crash.

  • Chamber offices to move to Colonial Avenue

    The offices of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, including its affiliates - the Credit Bureau and Lancaster Collection Bureau - are moving.

    After 33 years at its North Main Street location, the chamber's new address will be 453 Colonial Ave., about two blocks off Main Street in the building formerly occupied by attorney Don Rushing.

  • IL dedicates new middle school

    INDIAN LAND - Students, parents, teachers, school officials and visitors gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the dedication of Indian Land Middle School, the first school dedicated solely to middle school students in the history of the Indian Land schools.

    "We thought this day would never come," eighth-grade class president Michael Rodriguez told the audience at the school dedication Sunday. "But it is here, a school we can call ours, a middle school."

  • Survey will help group as it seeks grant funds

    Be on the lookout for a survey questionnaire that may appear in your mailbox over the next few days.

    The Lancaster County Prevention Coalition is conducting a survey to collect parents' opinions and concerns regarding youth behavior.

    Results will help the coalition determine what services and programs can most benefit local youth and their families.

    The surveys will be mailed Monday to the parents of all seventh- through 12th-grade students in the Lancaster County School District.

  • Video - Obama wins big here and in S.C.

    Barack Obama won big among Lancaster County voters, just as he did among those across the state in the Democratic presidential primary Saturday.

    The U.S. senator from Illinois routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged South Carolina primary, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates.

  • Study should help leaders promote historic assets

    Experts on how to best promote the area's top cultural and historical assets say their work in this part of South Carolina looks promising.

    "In doing the interviews and getting the information, one thing that is surprising is how much there is in this county," said private consultant Curt Cottle.

    He said art forms such as Catawba pottery and the county's Revolutionary War sites are obvious appeals, as are nature-based attractions such as 40-Acre Rock

    Carole Summers Morris, another consultant, said leaders here are ready "to go to the next level."

  • Flappers and fun focus of arts gala

    You may want to brush up on your Charleston for the Lancaster County Council of the Arts' annual gala Feb. 9.

    The theme for this year's bash is Flappers, Fringe and Fabulous Fun. The black-tie optional event begins at 7 p.m. at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The gala is the arts council's largest fundraiser each year. Last year's brought in $25,000 to fund the council's programs.

  • What will become of old Belk site in downtown?

    The future of the vacant downtown Lancaster lot that was home of the Belk store for many years remains up in the air.

    One potential buyer approached the city of Lancaster to buy the lot, but the deal didn't pan out, Mayor Joe Shaw said.

    The city spent about $400,000 to demolish the building after it was deemed a public hazard by an engineering firm last year. The city then took ownership of the lot.

  • South Middle student wins district bee

    For Steven Hendryx, Thursday's district spelling bee turned out much better than the one last year.

    At the 2007 district contest, Hendryx bowed out in the first round when he misspelled the word "prairie."

    He said he was too nervous.

    But this time around, Hendryx, a seventh-grader at South Middle School, outlasted the rest in the field.

    He correctly spelled "chronology" to win the 2008 Lancaster County School District spelling bee, held at Stevens Auditorium at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.