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  • Community celebrates opening of Care Health Center

    Staff and supporters of the Care Health Center gathered Tuesday to celebrate the new clinic's mission to provide health services to anyone, regardless of his or her ability to pay.

    During the open house, Dr. Nimal Perera, the clinic's sole physician, his staff and workers of CareNet met with various individuals supporting the clinic, which has been open for two months.

    CareNet, the nonprofit group committed to serving the medically underserved in Lancaster County with pharmaceutical and primary care assistance, operates the clinic.

  • Kershaw NACCP branch sets banquet

    KERSHAW – Members and supporters of the Kershaw branch of the NAACP will look back on activities in the past year and look to the next during the branch’s annual banquet Saturday night.

    Starting at 6 p.m. at the Andrew Jackson Recreation Center, the event will include dinner, guest speaker Dr. Lonnie Randolph, president of the NAACP State Conference and a short program. It is expected to last about an hour.

  • Second annual KLS Walk set for Saturday

    It’s been a year since the first walk in memory of Ryan McKinney, and during the second annual walk Saturday, progress will be celebrated and new goals highlighted.

    Starting at 10 a.m. at the Lancaster High School track, the public is asked to stop by for three hours of fun, learning and remembering the life of McKinney, a former Lancaster High School student who died of a heart attack in February 2006 while hospitalized in Columbia. He was only 19.

  • County population grows by 20 percent

    Despite a slight decrease in housing permits issued here, the population of Lancaster County continues to grow, said County Administrator Steve Willis.

    The 2000 Census showed the population of the county at 61,351. In July 2006, after a challenge by the county that it had grown more than the estimated 63,628 population, the population was estimated at 71,723.

    Now, the county’s population is estimated at 73,393, an almost 20 percent population increase since 2000, Willis said.

  • Thomas, Starnes file for House seat

    Two Democrats are competing for the state House District 45 seat.

    County Council District 2 representative Fred Thomas, 44, and Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes, 58, have both filed for the seat with the Lancaster County Democratic Party.

    Fighting for jobs

    Thomas is serving his second term on Lancaster County Council.

    Before serving on County Council, Thomas also served as the state ombudsman for SCDAODAS, one of Gov. Jim Hodges' cabinet agencies.

  • 911 Driving School opening soon

    By Chris McGinn For The Lancaster News

    Parents of wannabe teen drivers can breathe a sigh of relief. A new business serving the area offers to take the task of training student drivers to the next level.

    The 911 Driving School, located in Fort Mill, offers teen driving courses taught exclusively by law enforcement professionals, including state troopers and local police officers.

    S.C. Highway Patrol officer Jeremy Sisler, an Indian Land resident, is the school's training director. His brother, Matt, owns the driving school.

  • USCL reveals master plan

    Nearly a dozen new buildings could adorn the campus of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster in the near future.

    In September, The Boudreaux Group, an architectural firm in Columbia, began working on a master plan for USCL that includes more administrative and classroom buildings, new health services facilities and student housing.

    The master plan sketches were developed based on USCL's newly created strategic plan, which USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano introduced before Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce members on Thursday at the Carole Ray Dowling Center.

  • Arts Draw seeks to draw a crowd

    Lancaster resident Savannah Cudd is a little nervous about Friday night.

    For the first time, Cudd's art will be on display in her hometown, as part of the Lancaster County Council of the Arts' Spring Arts Draw. Cudd's work will be on display at Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio on East Gay Street.

    Cudd, 24, said her interest in art began early.

    "Ever since I was old enough to hold a crayon," she said.

  • IL festival this Saturday

    By Jane Alford

    Carolina Gateway Editor

    Come celebrate spring at the 10th annual Indian Land Spring Festival on Saturday, March 29.

    The festival will offer a full day of activities for children and adults, beginning at 10 a.m. and winding down at 4 p.m.

    The festival will be held, rain or shine, in the elementary school's bus parking lot, behind the school on Doby's Bridge Road, just off U.S. 521.

    This year's event will offer plenty of festival favorites, including arts and crafts, sillent and live auctions, raffles, business vendors and live entertainment.

  • Economic stimulus package in a nutshell

    How much "stimulus" are you going to receive from this package? Your wallet may not get quite as stimulated as you think.

    For the past month, you've been hearing figures all over television saying the rebates will be either $300 or $600 for individuals and $600 or $1,200 for married couples filing jointly.