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Today's News

  • Lowe’s coming to IL soon

    INDIAN LAND – Lancaster County residents will soon have a new place to buy hardware and supplies for their construction, home-improvement and gardening needs.

    Construction of a Lowe’s home-improvement store, near the intersection of U.S. 521 and S.C. 160, is progressing on schedule.

    The 103,000-square-foot store will have a 31,000-square-foot garden center, said company spokeswoman Karen Cobb. The $12 million investment will create 120 new jobs, the majority of which will be full-time.

  • CareNet provides medical care to almost 5,300 people in first year

    Clarence Carpenter has a grand plan to offer inexpensive health care to everyone who needs it in Lancaster County. And through CareNet, he’s realizing that goal.

    As executive director of CareNet, a local nonprofit group that provides medical services and medication for little or no cost, Carpenter said his organization has helped thousands of people in the county, as well as some from Chester County, since it opened in January 2008.

    In total, CareNet has delivered medical care to almost 5,300 people.

  • Economy hits home at daycares

    Mark Burbee wasn’t sure how the declining economy would affect his daycare business. But despite Lancaster County’s high unemployment rate, he said he’s doing just fine.

    Burbee, owner of Burbee Early Care and Education Center in Lancaster, said enrollment leveled off for several months last year as the economy began to decline. The center normally holds a maximum of 125 children, but enrollment dropped to about 100.

  • Soliant color on cruiser

    Lancaster-based Soliant is adding its own special paint film to a new police cruiser, the E7, which is being built by an Atlanta company.

     Soliant makes the film at its 100-employee plant on S.C. 9. It’s a special paint film that’s applied to auto components during the parts-molding process, which will help automakers cut costs and reduce solvent emissions during production.

    The films will be used extensively on Carbon Motors Corp.’s E7 vehicles, says John Cupstid, Soliant director of sales and marketing.

  • County approves digitizing voter forms

    A new electronic database will soon help with organizing voter registration records in Lancaster County.

    County Council recently approved funding of more than $8,000 to create a searchable voter registration database.

    The database, which will be created by Charlotte-based Advanced Imaging, will include scanned copies of all the commission’s voter registration forms dating back to 1967.

    The digital copies will be kept on servers at another location. The cost to maintain the database will be $2,100 a year.

  • Burke moves on from jobs office

    Lynda Burke has stepped down as director of the Lancaster County office of the Employment Security Commission to take the same position in the Midlands.

    Burke, who was the local director for seven years, is now director of the Lexington County office. Her last day working in Lancaster was Feb. 26 and her first day in Lexington was Feb. 27.

    Last week, she talked exuberantly about her new post while expressing how difficult it was to leave Lancaster.

  • Merle Norman sponsors Most Kissable Lips contest

    Pucker up, women. If you believe your lips are irresistible, there’s a chance you could go home with a basket of goodies.

    The Merle Norman Cosmetics at 949 N. Main St. is having a Most Kissable Lips contest. It started Tuesday and runs through Valentine’s Day.

    Store owner Toni Hicks said Merle Norman is having the event at all its locations. Three winners will be chosen at the store and will each receive a gift basket containing more than $50 in store products.

  • Man surprises burglars in home

    INDIAN LAND – An Indian Land man interrupted a burglary in progress at his Calvin Hall Road home Feb. 23.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the 18-year-old said he came home because he had left his wallet on the table.

    When he pulled into the yard, he saw a white work van with an empty ladder rack on it. He also noticed that the front door of his home was open, the report said.

    The man said he went into the home, and noticed a key in the front door. Two men were running toward the back door.

  • City of Light opens to public

    INDIAN LAND – Inspiration Ministries celebrated the opening of its International Prayer and Welcome Center on Feb. 28-March 1. The event marked the completion of Phase I of its City of Light world missions ministry outreach and partners center in Indian Land.

    Hosted by Inspiration Ministries’ chairman and CEO David Cerullo, the event was telecast live to more than 114 nations through the INSP-The Inspiration Network and Inspiration Network International.

  • Breaking NewsWoman dies in Pageland Highway car crash

    A woman was killed in a head-on crash on Pageland Highway on Tuesday night.

    The woman's name was not available on Wednesday.

    According to the S.C. Highway Patrol, the woman was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu east on S.C. 9 about 6 miles east of Lancaster when she crashed into a 2001 Ford pickup truck driven by Matthew Rape, 23, 2252 Ben Massey Road.

    Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin said Rape, who was headed west, drove left of center and sideswiped a 2001 Kia sedan driven by Calvin Curtis, 82, 3305 Lorraine Lane, before hitting the Malibu head-on.