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  • Artisans Center plans New Year’s bash, opening

    Board members for The Artisans Center, a new nonprofit arts venue in downtown Lancaster, are planning a Winter Wonderland fundraiser for New Year’s Eve.

    Board members had hoped to celebrate a grand opening next month, but decided to move the grand opening event to New Year’s Eve.

    The event will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31 at The Artisans Center. Those attending are asked to dress in white, with prizes going to the best-dressed couple, and best-dressed man and woman.

  • Program set for Honor Flight

    KERSHAW – Kershaw First Baptist Church members hope for a full sanctuary for a Sunday concert to honor local veterans.

    The concert will benefit the Kershaw Honor Flight, which church members and Kershaw residents have spearheaded to send Lancaster- and Kershaw-area World War II veterans to see the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 21.

    The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The performance features trumpeter Gordon Hann.

  • Opera-singing delivery guy

    Driving with the windows rolled down in his small box truck, killing time before the next stop along his delivery route, Joel Vega belts out lyrics from his favorite tunes.

    But unlike many other motorists, Vega isn’t singing the latest pop song or country hit – he’s singing opera.

    Working as a part-time delivery truck driver, Vega, 31, spends three days a week loading free real-estate guides into his truck and heads for Lancaster County.

  • Schools planning H1N1 vaccine clinics

    School officials have devised a schedule for administering the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine to the youngest students in the school district.

    The schedule will take effect when the vaccine is ready to be administered.

    Graceann Jones, lead nurse for Lancaster County School District, informed the school board Tuesday about the projected schedule, which targets preschool and elementary schools.

  • Woman treated to hot-air balloon ride

    A dream of taking to the sky came true Tuesday for a woman at White Oak Manor.

    Residents of the Lancaster assisted-living home have been asked to submit their top wish; it’s up to the White Oak staff to make them come true.

    Betty Usher’s dream was to fly in a hot-air balloon.

    “The more I thought about it, the more excited I got,” said Usher, a Buford community native who’s lived at White Oak for six years. “It’s something I had never done.”

  • L&C closes trestle due to fire damage

    Lancaster & Chester Railway officials hope to have a trestle damaged by fire early Tuesday back in service this morning.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to Mullis Circle about 7 a.m. Tuesday. A man told deputies he thought there was a van on fire under the train trestle behind Woodcreek Apartments.

    The officers found a white Chevrolet Suburban, which matched the description of one stolen from Chandler’s Body Shop on Monday, the report said.

  • War memorial plans move forward in Heath Springs

    HEATH SPRINGS – Plans are moving forward to build a war memorial in Heath Springs.

    In July, resident David Williams presented a proposal to Heath Springs Town Council for a war memorial honoring all branches of the military.

    The monument could be built where the town’s old water tower was torn down earlier this year, Williams said.

    Williams said he’d like a granite monument, with a 4-foot base, 10-foot mid-section and 2-foot top. It would list the names of those who served in military conflicts from the Spanish-American War on.

  • Patrol still investigating crash with bus

    The S.C. Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate a fatal crash of a motorcycle with a school bus.

    Thomas Lee Pecklinpaugh, 56, of Orion Drive in Indian Land, was riding a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle on U.S. 521 northbound when he crashed Thursday afternoon into the back of a Lancaster County School District bus carrying elementary students, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.  The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m. near the Thousand Oaks subdivision.

  • Red Ventures to hold job fair

    INDIAN LAND " The economy may be down but Red Ventures is expanding. On Thursday, the online marketing and sales company will host a job fair at its new corporate headquarters at the 521 Corporate Park in Indian Land.

    The company is looking to hire 85 inside sales agents to work across the many businesses it sells for, which include DIRECTV, ADT Security and HughesNet, a satellite Internet service provider.

  • Kershaw considers raising town’s garbage fee

    KERSHAW – Kershaw town officials are looking into increasing what it charges for garbage pick-up.

    Town Administrator Tony Starnes said the town ended the last fiscal year $25,000 over budget in the sanitation department. Money was borrowed from the water department to cover the overage.

    The town also needs $35,000 in revenues from the department annually for the next several years to pay for a new garbage truck, expected to cost more than $150,000.