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  • Ribbon-cutting at Red Ventures set for Wednesday

    Gov. Mark Sanford will be at the Red Ventures ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 9, at the corporate office’s new location in Indian Land.

    Lancaster County Council Chairman Rudy Carter will also be speaking at the ceremony.

    The online marketing and sales company plans to bring 1,000 new jobs and invest $20 million in the corporate headquarters.

    Red Ventures will also work with the readySC program to develop and train members of the state’s workforce.

  • Big crowd expected at annual breakfast

    A large crowd is expected for the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s legislative breakfast, presented by Duke Energy, on Tuesday.

    More than 110 reservations have been received for this event.

    The three-part program will be held in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster from 8 to 9:45 a.m.

    S.C. Chamber of Commerce President Otis Rawl will outline the state chamber’s 2010 competitiveness agenda and discuss the top priority issues of businesses throughout the state.

  • On the road again...

    CHARLOTTE – More South Carolinians are expected to travel this Thanksgiving weekend, despite a 63 cents a gallon average increase in gas prices compared to a year ago.

    AAA Carolinas is predicting 569,000 people will travel more than 50 miles from home, an increase of 17,000 (2.3 percent) compared to last year. While automobile travel will increase by 15,500 (3.3 percent) motorists and air travel will decline by 2,500 (6.6 percent) fliers.

  • Big crowds turn out for Black Friday shopping

    Eating turkey may cause drowsiness, but that didn’t stop shoppers from heading to stores early on the day after Thanksgiving.

    Local stores were packed during the early hours of Black Friday, a day known for its surge in holiday sales that puts many businesses “in the black.”

    With some stores opening as early as 4 a.m., many shoppers showed up to take advantage of early-bird specials and one-day-only coupons.

    Lancaster resident Robbie King woke up early to look through sale ads and track down toys for her three children.

  • Concrete plants are concern for FOIL members

    INDIAN LAND – After two years of discussions regarding concrete plants in the Panhandle, an Indian Land advocacy group will hold a community presentation about the issue on Dec. 15.

    Nonprofit advocacy group Friends of Indian Land, or FOIL, plans to educate residents and county officials about ongoing problems with four concrete plants in the area.

  • Faulkenberry Christmas Basket tops $2,600

    The season of giving is under way as the annual Ward Faulkenberry Memorial Christmas Basket fund has collected more than $2,600. 

    In its second week of collections, the Christmas Basket fund raised $1,720, for a total of $2,620. Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE in Lancaster which is organizing the fund for the second straight year, said donations are steadily increasing. There were 26 donors to the fund last week.

  • Firefighters could get gift cards

    With more than 250 volunteer firefighters working in the county, Lancaster County Council discussed a new way to thank them for their efforts.

    At its Nov. 30 meeting, council considered a proposal from the Lancaster County Fire Commission on how to recognize qualified volunteer firefighters in the county. In a letter to council, commission chairman Robert Baker presented an idea to buy $30 gift cards for these firefighters.

  • Some war stories from Honor Flight veterans

    A trip with 90 World War II veterans wouldn’t be complete without a few war stories, and local vets shared a few during the Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., on Saturday, 21.

    Here are a few:

    Remembering Iwo Jima

    At the Iwo Jima Memorial, which features a statue of the infamous photograph of Marines posting the American flag, veteran Hazel Adams of Lancaster recalled that battle. He was on a mine sweeper as a sailor in the U.S. Navy, and swept 224 mines the day that famous flag was raised.

  • Honor Flight a moving event

    The 90 local World War II veterans who went on Saturday’s Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial weren’t the only ones who were moved by the experience.

    The vets were accompanied by 50 guardians. Some simply wanted to accompany the veterans on the trip, while others had a more personal reason for going.

    Kershaw Town Councilwoman Genny Hendrix helped organize the flight and was a guardian to veteran Woodrow Pitts, who was with the Army’s 3rd Armored Division and drove Sherman tanks.

  • Honor Flight an honor for local reporter

    Tinian. Anzio. Saipan. Cassino. Bastogne.

    These were places I don’t remember hearing of before I began cramming about five weeks ago for a trip with local World War II veterans.

    Although I had written stories about World War II veterans before, my knowledge about geography and chronology about the war was always a little fuzzy.