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  • Deployed troops create Christmas cheer

  • Pleasant Valley FD gets paid day-timer

    INDIAN LAND - Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief Paul Blackwelder answered two calls on Dec. 18.

    The calls were a little different than usual, as Blackwelder, who has been chief of the department since 1973, took them as a full-time, paid firefighter.

  • Local fraternity warms hearts and body with annual meal

    Seeing smiles on people's faces after they receive a free lunch is like receiving a Christmas gift to the brothers of Omega Psi Phi.

    Since 1973, brothers of the national service fraternity have reserved a day each Christmas season to serve lunch to the community - especially seniors and public workers.

    That tradition continued Friday when the local chapter served a hot lunch at the A.R. Rucker Middle School cafeteria.

    Visitors enjoyed turkey and dressing, rice and gravy, green beans, corn, yams, cranberry sauce and rolls. Homemade desserts were plentiful.

  • Hospital names new CEO

    Springs Memorial Hospital will have a new chief executive office starting Jan. 3.

    Tom McDougal, who has more than 14 years of health-care management experience, has been named to the post. Most recently, McDougal served as CEO at Parkway Medical Center in Decatur, Ala., for five years.

    While there, McDougal founded the first accredited chest pain center in Alabama and brought orthopedic, bariatric and plastic surgery services to the hospital. He also established a sleep disorder center and brought in advanced technologies, such as the first 64 Slice CT in Morgan County.

  • Lynwood Auto Parts, others help make Angel Tree drive a success

    Lynwood Auto Parts saw a way to help out a local charity this Christmas season and took advantage of it.

    The business wound down its 2007 toy collection Friday for Lancaster County Christian Services, which has an Angel Tree program for needy children in the area each year. The business was pleased with the success of its collection effort this season.

    "We've taken about three or four loads over there," manager Tim Hinson said, referring to the collection point at the Church of Lancaster on Craig Farm Road.

  • Numbers show a slowdown in home building

    Retirees from Northern states and young professionals have been fueling the Charlotte home market in recent years, but the greater Charlotte area, including Lancaster County, is in the same boat with the rest of the country and slowing new home development rates.

  • Kershaw teen gives up her presents to help others

    KERSHAW - Camesha Miller has found more joy in giving than receiving this holiday season.

    Camesha, an Andrew Jackson High School senior, bought several gifts for elementary students she mentors through the teacher cadet program at AJHS.

    Camesha spends about two hours each school day at Kershaw Elementary School working with eight disabled and special-needs students as a teacher assistant.

    She became so fond of the group that she wanted to do something special for them this holiday season.

  • Firm to bring 90 jobs

    INDIAN LAND – A direct-mail company is moving its headquarters to the Panhandle and bringing about 90 new jobs with it.

    The S.C. Department of Commerce and the Lancaster Economic Development Corp. announced that PCI Group Inc. will locate its corporate headquarters in Lancaster County.

    It will invest about $8.3 million to establish its operations in Indian Land and create at least 90 new jobs. The company will move into an existing building in Indian Land, but the company hasn't closed on it yet and officials haven't revealed its location.

  • ILMS to delay moving students to new school

    INDIAN LAND – Indian Land Middle School students will not be moving into the new school as soon as they return from their winter break.

    ILEMS Principal David McDonald announced the decision to delay moving into the new middle school building in a Dec. 12 letter to parents of Indian Land Middle School students. The first day of class in the middle school is now tentatively set for Jan. 15, the beginning of the new semester.

  • Thieves crack safe at Big Lots

    Big Lots had a visitor from the rooftop late Thursday or early Friday morning, and it wasn't Santa Claus.

    Burglars apparently cut holes in the roof of the S.C. 9 Bypass store to get inside and crack the store's safe.

    According to a Lancaster County Police Department incident report, an employee came to work at the store about 7 a.m. Friday and found that the office area of the store had been burglarized.

    Officers responded and found that the safe in the office had been broken open, the report said.