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  • Freightliner options 300 acres here

    Freightliner, the country's leading manufacturer of heavy transport vehicles, may be trucking its headquarters into Lancaster County.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. President Keith Tunnell said late last week that Lancaster County is in the running for the headquarters, now based in Portland, Ore. The company is putting an option on 300 acres in the county.

    Company officials are also looking at sites in York County, and Mecklenburg and Iredell counties in North Carolina, Tunnell said.

  • District confirms case of MRSA

    HEATH SPRINGS – Parents of students at Heath Springs Elementary School have been notified of a confirmed case of the antibiotic-resistant staph infection commonly called MRSA.Letters were sent home on Thursday asking parents to be watchful for signs of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, such as boils or pimple-like red spots on the skin.

  • Springs Memorial Hospital to host educational fair

    A free fair designed to educate retirees on new options of Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans will be hosted by Springs Memorial Hospital on Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the hospital's second floor.

    "On Nov. 1, retirees will be offered new programs," said Carolyn Swanson, director of patient financial services at the hospital. "There are many important questions that you need to have answers to before you make your decision about these new programs."

    Swanson said some of these questions include, but are not limited to:

  • McCain brings his presidential campaign to Lancaster County

    INDIAN LAND – U.S. Sen. John McCain says he’s the best candidate for president and will make the tough decisions to ensure a brighter future for all citizens. McCain, who’s seeking the Republican nomination for president, spoke to residents of Indian Land’s Sun City Carolina Lakes on Wednesday afternoon at the retirement community’s lake house. His speech focused on three areas – health care, spending and the war in Iraq. McCain says health care should be more affordable and available for everyone.

  • Three trustees re-elected to local foundation's board

    Three community leaders have been re-elected to the board of trustees of the J. Marion Sims Foundation for three-year terms that began Oct. 1.

    Local attorney David R. Blackwell, educator Miriam M. (Mim) Boucher and business executive Stanley D. Johnson were all re-elected by the board.

  • Lancaster police chief wants a slower-pace job

    Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White has decided to retire at the start of next year and pursue other interests.White notified city officials of his decision Wednesday. He has served the city police department for more than 25 years, including eight years as chief.“The pace, of course, as a police chief comes with a lot of responsibility and a lot of stress,” White said. “I’m looking for a slower pace.”White, 48, said he’ll look for a job outside of law enforcement.

  • Heath Springs Industrial Park nears completion

    HEATH SPRINGS – The Heath Springs Industrial Park, for all its delays and headaches over four years, is probably about two months from completion.

    In a recent meeting between the various players involved, Kim Lineberger of contractor LCI-Lineberger indicated that sewer line work is almost done, which was the first part of the project's second phase.

    "Everything is moving along just as we expected," Lineberger said Tuesday.

  • USCL's Hubbard Hall to get $1M in upgrades next year

    While one building on the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus is scheduled to receive renovations next year, it could be longer before another gets the improvements it needs. Hubbard Hall, which opened in 1965, will receive new lighting and a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system next summer. The system has been in place ever since the 38,192 square foot building opened, USCL Dean Dr. John Catalano said. The new HVAC system will cost $1 million, Catalano said.

  • Kiwanis Club recognizes students with new elementary school program

    Kindergartner Grady Birchfield left school Tuesday afternoon carrying a huge grin, knowing he’d just made his mother proud. Wynette Birchfield’s own smile said it all.

    Grady and 31 other Brooklyn Springs Elementary School students were recognized Tuesday as Terrific Kids.

  • 12-year-old dies in bicycle accident

    A 12-year-old Heath Springs boy died Friday after he was hit by an SUV while riding his bicycle.

    James Monroe Steele, who lived on Baskins Hill Road, was struck by a 2004 GMC Envoy that was traveling north on Rocky River Road, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

    Steele pulled out from Baskins Hill Road into the path of the SUV, which was driven by James Blackmon, 67, of Liberty Hill.