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Today's News

  • Behind the scenes

    Lucy Morris will celebrate her 75th birthday Saturday. You’d think that after 57 years of marriage to her husband, Ben, 45 years with Springs Industries, two sons and eight grandchildren, she’d be ready to slow down.

    But not Morris; she’s just getting started.

    “There’s still a lot of life in us old folks,” she said laughing. “Volunteering is a good way to stay busy."

    Morris has been a critical cog of the local Red Cross volunteer network since 2004.

  • Roads top ILAC agenda

    Christopher Sardelli

    csardelli@thelancasternews.com

    INDIAN LAND – A crowd of more than 70 Indian Land residents attended an informational meeting on Monday, hoping to learn how to get their local roads incorporated into the county road system.

    The Indian Land Action Council’s recent question and answer meeting, held in the gym of Indian Land Middle School, attracted residents from several Indian Land neighborhoods. Most were there to find out how to get their local roads into the county’s road system so they can be regularly maintained.

  • Red Cross Day of Caring set for Saturday

    Volunteers with the local American Red Cross chapter will be out in force from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday soliciting donations from shoppers at Wal-Mart during Red Cross Day of Caring.

    Local director Gina Amato said March is Red Cross Month and the day was set up to let the community know what its local chapter does. An Emergency Response Vehicle will be on display and an information booth will be set up.

  • Robber fires shot during holdup

    A robber fired a shot into the ceiling of Knight’s Food Mart during an attempted robbery Tuesday night.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a man came into the store near the intersection of S.C. 9 and S.C. 903 about 8:35 p.m.

    The clerk told deputies that the man walked around the store for a short time then came behind the counter and pointed a gun at her.

  • NRCS announces sign-up for floodplain easements

    COLUMBIA  – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will hold a signup for floodplain easements, a component of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program through March 27.

    Funding comes from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, part of the economic stimulus, and provides both technical and financial assistance to eligible applicants.  

    Nationally, up to $145 million will be available to landowners for the restoration of an estimated 60,000 acres of frequently flooded land to its natural state and to create jobs.

  • 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.