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  • Walmart hiring for new Indian Land store

    Walmart is hiring about 350 associates to work at the new Indian Land Supercenter, slated to open Aug. 18.

    To facilitate applications, the retailer has opened a temporary hiring center at 9789 Charlotte Highway, Suite 200 in the Shoppes at 521.

    The Walmart hiring center began accepting applications  June 1 and will continue accepting applications from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Interested applicants can also apply online at http://walmartstores.com/Careers/7745.aspx.

  • Keeping a dying trade alive

    It’s about as hot inside Elliott’s Shoe Repair and Sales on Main Street as it is outside.

    A metal fan whirs in the corner near the front door, and shoe repairman Lee Williams, 72, shoots the breeze with a friend to pass the time on a slow day just before summer officially begins.

    On most days, a group of men comes to visit around “dinner time” to eat and talk.

    “If we had a potbelly stove and a checker board, I believe we’d have us an Andy Griffith scene,” Williams said, with a smile.

  • Chester County sheriff uses Facebook as a tool

    CHESTER – Social networking Web site Facebook began in February 2004 as a tool for college students to meet new friends while keeping in touch with old ones.

    In its initial stage, users were required to have an e-mail address ending with .edu to prove their student status. Since then, Facebook has garnered much praise, and some criticism, for changing the way that people communicate.

  • Annual Unity event is Saturday

    An evening of fun and fellowship awaits you Saturday at the 14th annual Unity in the Community Festival.

    The event, sponsored by the Lancaster Fatherhood Project, is from 5 to 9 p.m. at Main and Gay streets in downtown Lancaster.

    There’s no charge to attend or take part in any of the activities, which will include face painting, games and prizes.

    Choirs and praise dancers are some of the entertainers on tap.

  • Heat causes road to buckle

    INDIAN LAND – Sherri Wright spent most of a day last week attempting to fix a road problem near her home.

    On June 14, the Indian Land resident was driving on S.C. 75 near her home when she noticed a large bump in the asphalt on the road, a few miles east of U.S. 521.

    The road had buckled severely, causing several motorists to either swerve or hit the newly formed bump.

  • Ryan Payne seeking statewide post with Young Republicans

    Ryan Payne is ready to take his political involvement to the next level.

    Payne, 18, wants to increase political involvement of young people in his party. After graduating from Andrew Jackson High School in May 2009, Payne started the Young Republicans group last fall, which operates as a local chapter of the S.C. Federation of Young Republicans.  He heads the Young Republican group.

  • Workshop aims to help residents with finances

    Elaine Adkins worries how Lancaster County residents are managing in the bad economy.

    Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster, said the number of unemployed residents coming to her group for help continues to increase. HOPE is a local organization that provides food and help with utility bills for local families.

    With unemployment benefit extensions running out, Adkins has seen more and more people struggling to manage their households.

  • What will it cost to repair jail building?

    A machine compacting asphalt on West Gay Street recently shook the old Lancaster County jail so badly that objects fell off shelves in the offices inside.

    After the paving, Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Morris Russell noticed cracks in the ceiling.

    Jody Munnerlyn, the architect working on the restoration of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse, took a look at the building with a structural engineer and determined the building was unsafe.

  • Deputy administrator addresses ’08 firing

    Jeffrey Naftal’s name has only been known to Lancaster County residents for a few days, but some people have already started asking about his past.

    Naftal, a 23-year veteran of local government work, is moving from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., next week to begin work on June 28 as deputy county administrator. Naftal will assist County Administrator Steve Willis. But as he heads for his new home in Lancaster, some residents are questioning why he was fired from one of his previous jobs.

  • Rotary Club celebrating its 70th anniversary here

    Many worthy local clubs have come and gone, but the Lancaster Rotary Club has real staying power.

    Chartered on June 26, 1940, the club marks its 70th anniversary this year with a celebration on Thursday at the Fairway Room of the Lancaster Golf Club.